2009 has turned out to be a big year for the utasaa great, Sadao China. Perhaps the biggest was the King Records limited edition 6-CD box set “Shimauta Hyakkei” released back in October. (The box set can be purchased at our favorite online retailer, CDJapan.) Yeah, a CD box set release may not be the most exciting of news to some, but throw in a Japan Record Award and we’ve definitely got something here.
But that’s not all folks! Beginning this month (and into January 2010), Sadao China will be featured in an NHK series introducing the sanshin to beginners of the instrument. Titled “Mensoore! Hajimete no Sanshin,” the show also has its own textbook to follow along with Sadao’s lessons. I’m hoping NHK will release a DVD when the series is over and we’ll post it here if we hear news of it.
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On Tuesday, the 7th annual Kimono Award was presented at the Yokohama Arena. This year’s winner was actress Aya Ueto (24), following in the footsteps of previous winners such as Reiko Takashima in 2008 and Rina Uchiyama in 2007. […]
(From Tuesday, October 20, 2009. Yeah, I’m finally catching up on news from Tokyograph. 😛 )
On Monday, Vogue Nippon presented its annual Women of the Year awards, which started in 2005. The magazine also gave out several Women of the Decade awards, in honor of the magazine’s 10th anniversary this year.
A total of ten women were honored. The 2009 Women of the Year were Aya Ueto (24), Yu Aoi (24), Yukie Nakama (29), and playwright Yukiko Motoya (30). The Women of the Decade awards went to actress Rie Miyazawa (36), model Ai Tominaga (27), artist Yayoi Kusama (80), actress Shinobu Otake (52), former tennis pro Ai Sugiyama (34), and Yoko Ono (76). Ono was not present at the ceremony, but she recorded a video message for the event.
Two with ties to Okinawa: Aya Ueto and Yukie Nakama.
Namie Amuro’s PV (promotion video) for her single “NEW LOOK” took the Best Female Video at this year’s MTV VMAJ (Video Music Awards Japan). In addition to the top female video award, her PV for the single “Sexy Girl” won the Best R&B Video award. Congrats to Namie!
Congratulations to Yusuke Kamiji and to Yu Yamada for being honored with Ameba’s “BLOG of the year 2008” award. Kamiji, who also won the award last year, is known for his blog which has a Guinness World Record distinction for most unique hits in a day. The Ameba awards is categorized by: tarento/actor (there’s a male and a female one for this with Kamiji taking the male award, of course), artist, model (Yamada won this award), owarai geinin (comedian), and tokubetsu (other).