71st Kouhaku Uta-Gassen with Nikaido Fumi

Yes, it was a very different NHK Kouhaku Uta-Gassen (the 71st) with the ongoing pandemic performances were done without an audience. But for those that are fans of Okinawan pop culture, we can celebrate that popular actress Nikaido Fumi (Naha, Okinawa) was one of the announcers for the annual song battle. She currently starts in …

Voice Actor Shimabukuro Miyuri in Carole & Tuesday

If you’re looking for an amazing anime to binge on before the year ends, look no further than Carole & Tuesday which is streaming on Netflix (US). It has a great story, great music, and a great message. Voice actor Shimabukuro Miyuri (島袋美由利) from Okinawa voices Carole (singing is done by Nai Br.XX) and although …

Animal Crossing: New Horizons New CM Features Aragaki Yui

[任天堂HP]新垣結衣さんが出演する「Nintendo Switch 2020冬 TVCM」を公開しました。#どうぶつの森 #リングフィットアドベンチャーhttps://t.co/oM0Vn1IqB3 pic.twitter.com/JFSZbvbrU7 — 任天堂株式会社 (@Nintendo) December 7, 2020 Being a big fan of this game, it’s with great pleasure to see the latest CM (from the Japanese version of the game あつまれ どうぶつの森) feature Aragaki Yui! Did you know that there’s an Okinawan villager in this game? There’s also an Okinawan …

Wallpaper: Aya Ueto for Lotte

Aya Ueto does it again. She remains—for the last few years—the actress with the most official wallpapers for the many times a company has made her their image girl. This time, she’s the image girl for Lotte’s ice vanilla snack. You’ll have to answer a question (really, they shouldn’t have gone through the trouble) to …

Aya Ueto to star in “Thermae Romae”

Cameras are already rolling for the live-action movie adaptation of Yamazaki Mari’s “Thermae Romae” manga, but the main cast has just been revealed. Abe Hiroshi (46) will star, while Ueto Aya (25) will play the female lead. The manga, which won the Manga Taisho and a Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize last year, is a comedy …

Yukie Nakama to star in the upcoming NHK period drama “Tempest”

Pictured is the cast for the stage play of “Tempest” starring Yukie Nakama in the main role of Mazuru/Neion Son (真鶴・孫寧温). The play, based on the novel by Naha-born author Eiichi Ikegami, will become a 10-episode BS period drama (BS時代劇) on NHK that is projected to start airing in July 2011. Synopsis of the stage …

Spring 2011 J-dramas to watch

I haven’t done one of these in a long time so here we go! There are two (maybe more) J-dramas beginning this month for the Spring 2011 season that star actresses from Okinawa. The first one starts on the 18th is titled “Shiawase ni Narou yo (幸せになろうよ)” and stars Meisa Kuroki in the role of …