We’re Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Sorry folks. Looks like my post on Meisa brought the blog down to its knees and now the other pages (“About” & “Artist Links”) are no longer functioning correctly (i.e., both of them show up as the main blog index page). Both of the pages are still editable so this may just be temporary. We’ll see.

Meisa Kuroki Desktop for Collagen Water

Meisa Kuroki Asahi Beverage Desktop

Some of our Hawaii readers may recognize Meisa Kuroki as the heroine in the J-drama “Aru Ai no Uta (Song of Love)” which was featured as a KIKU-TV 2007 New Year special. The 18 year-old hapa (her father is American, mother is Japanese, and Meisa Kuroki is her stage name) model/actress is steadily gaining popularity and here she is as the image character for a drink from Asahi Soft Drinks called Collagen Water (I’ll leave testing the drink to you guys 😛 ). There are four different desktops available for download over here. [Via 壁紙fan!]

Risa Niigaki, Ready for the Spotlight?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Niigaki Risa boom has come.

Some crazy points here, coming from a huge Gaki-san fan. Apologies in advance if this sounded bias.

Old news made new. Way back (I think a couple months) before Yossie’s graduation announcement, read from somewhere that there were some ‘insider’ rumour from internal staffs, that Yoshizawa Hitomi, Fujimoto Miki and Takahashi Ai have their solo plans scheduled already. Was it true? Now Yossie’s gone, two to go. When? This year? Next year? I don’t know. But one thing’s for sure, the year 2007 has to be Gaki-san’s time to shine. (Read the complete article at Jinryuichi’s blog.)

When I first saw “Gaki-san” (Risa’s nickname) in the group I read her last name as “Arakaki” and was surprised to find that it’s actually read as “Niigaki”. Her place of birth is Yokohama, not Okinawa, but her grandmother lives there and it’s also her favorite place in Japan.

[Via Feed of Pop.]

Vote for Keith Nakaganeku and Calabash!

Keith Nakaganeku and Calabash’s debut album, “Hawaiian Jazz Done Asian Style”, is up for New Artist of the Year for the 10th Annual Hawaii Music Awards. We can vote for him/his band online and they also have a sample (one minute long) of “Blue Darlin'” up on the site too. Vote for him over here and tell your friends about it too!

Learn more about Keith and Calabash at their official website where you can sample songs from the rest of his very fine album. (My personal favorite is the song “Ke Lana Nei”.)

MAX’s Reina Releases Semi-Nude Photobook

LINA’s already done it and now it looks like Reina (29) released her very own semi-nude photobook, “R-017” (in Japanese, “0” can be read as “rei”, “1” as “i”, and “7” as “na”. All-together now). Coming soon? Playboy Japan’s “The Girls of MAX“. 😛 Now if Nana ever releases one…

Isshin – Of One Heart

Okay, I blogged about this joint (dance and taiko) concert a while back ago at Internet-Okinawa.com and also at the ol’ Karakui.com before I “accidentally” killed it (don’t ask). This’ll be the first for this blog tho’.

ISSHINOf One Heart

A concert featuring classical, contemporary and avant garde Okinawan dance and taiko

Leeward Community College Theatre
Saturday, February 17, 2007
7:00 PM

Presented by:
Jimpu Kai USA, Kin Ryosho Ryukyu Geino Kenkyusho
Hawaii Taiko Kai

Ticket Price: $20, open seating
For tickets and information, please contact:

mmaechung[at]wmconnect[dot]com – Jimpu Kai, USA
hawaiitaikokai[at]yahoo[dot]com – Hawaii Taiko Kai

My friend who is a member of Cheryl Sensei’s dance troupe said that they’re almost sold-out of tickets so you better get ’em quick! (That includes me too. 😉 )

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii’s 10th Anniversary Recital

Dang, that’s a long post title. I’m back from an unplanned break (small part of it due to a lack of news, the rest because I was blogging elsewhere—sorry) from blogging here to bring you information on a recital of Okinawan taiko by Hawaii’s very own branch of the Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko (RMD). More info on the recital can be found on their official website (link below) but here’s the gist of it:

Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii
10th Anniversary Recital
Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel (Magic Showroom)
Sunday, April 1, 2007 @ 1:00 PM
Ticket Information: RMD Hawaii’s Official Website

If you love eisaa taiko (who doesn’t?), it’ll probably be worth checking out. As an added bonus, Yaeyama eisaa rocker Hidekatsu will be performing too.