Karakui.com Special: That actor? He’s from Okinawa.

So here’s my companion to that special I did on actresses from Okinawa back in August 2009. This article will feature actors who were born in Okinawa or who have ties to Okinawa — usually a parent or grandparent who is originally from Okinawa. The list of actors may surprise you as you’ve probably seen …

Saataa andagii you can’t eat but may enjoy anyway

Having a group named after one of Okinawa’s most well-known sweets, Saataa Andagii is a trio led by Shintaro Yamada (actress Yu Yamada’s younger brother). Formed from the variety show “Quiz! Hexagon II,” one wonders if they’ll become as popular as Shuchishin — also a product of the show. The trio’s first single was released …

Shido Nakamura, Meisa Kuroki dating? – Tokyograph

Sports Hochi reports that kabuki actor Shido Nakamura (37) and actress Meisa Kuroki (21) recently started dating. The unexpected couple met when they worked together in the play “Akai Shiro, Kuroi Suna” this past April. Sources say that Nakamura began approaching Kuroki shortly after it was decided that they would be acting together. However, they …

MAX to release new single on July 22

MAX, reunited with the return of MINA in October of last year, will be releasing a new single called “Rough Cut Diamond” on July 22nd. The single, the group’s 30th, will be their first in three years and will have a tie-up with the TV Tokyo drama “Kariyushi Sensei Chibaru! (かりゆし先生 ちばる!).” The afternoon drama …

Rimi Natsukawa becomes an actress – Tokyograph

Newlywed singer Rimi Natsukawa is ready to make her acting debut. She has been cast in ‘Minami no Shima no Furimun,’ a movie starring and directed by comedian Gori of Garage Sale. The movie is Gori’s first full-length directorial effort. The story is a comedy set in Okinawa, where both he and Natsukawa are originally …

Oricon: Kamiji, Miyazaki voted “face of 2008” – Tokyograph

Near the end of last year, Oricon conducted a survey of 1,200 men and women, asking them which celebrities they considered as the ‘face of 2008,’ based on activity. The #1 man was Yusuke Kamiji, who mainly rose to fame as part of the boy band Shuchishin, while the #1 woman was young actress Aoi …

College student chosen to play Kamiji in documentary drama – Tokyograph

Fuji TV revealed in October that it is producing a special documentary drama titled ‘Kamiji Yusuke Monogatari,’ based on the life of rising male idol Yusuke Kamiji. The lead actor playing Kamiji has now been decided. 19-year-old Yuki Yoshida, a second-year student at a university in the Shiga prefecture, was chosen by audition for the …

Fuji TV producing documentary drama on Kamiji – Tokyograph

Popular talento Yusuke Kamiji, part of the trio Shuchishin, will be featured in a special program on Fuji TV next year. The show is part documentary, part drama, and is based on his autobiographical essay ‘Kamiji Yusuke Monogatari’ that was published in August. The majority of the program will focus on Kamiji’s days in middle …

Yusuke Kamiji cast in “Scrap Teacher” – Tokyograph

Popular talento Yusuke Kamiji will be joining the Hey! Say! JUMP boys on NTV’s upcoming drama series ‘Scrap Teacher.’ He will play the role of a teacher for the first time. The series was first announced earlier this month. The show stars Yuto Nakajima, Ryosuke Yamada, Yuri Chinen, and Daiki Arioka as four junior high …

Yu Yamada riding high

With confirmation of the relationship coming from the man himself, it’s official that Yu Yamada (23) and Shun Oguri (25) are a couple. Both recently starred in the J-drama “Binbo Danshi” and were in relationships that ended “around last summer.” As a result, Yu’s blog shot up to the top spot of Ameba’s ranking unseating …