Sadao China has a big 2009

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 …

Aya Ueto looks lovely in kimono, wins award

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. […] (Via Tokyograph.) (From Tuesday, October 20, 2009. Yeah, I’m finally catching up on news from …

Vogue’s Women of the Year and Decade – 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 …

Meisa Kuroki named “Miss Lily” – Tokyograph

On Sunday, the International Flower Bulb Centre held a presentation ceremony for its 8th annual Miss Lily award, given to women who best match lilies. This year’s winner was young actress Meisa Kuroki (21). Kuroki remarked that she “finally feels like a woman again.” Just last month, she finished playing a female version of Oda …

Namie’s “NEW LOOK” is the VMAJ 2009’s Best Female Video

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! (Via Tokyograph.)

Meisa named Miss Cotton – Tokyograph

The 6th Cotton USA Awards were held in Tokyo on Tuesday. The awards, designed to promote the cotton industry, are given annually to celebrities who possess cotton-like qualities such as ‘softness’ and ‘freshness.’ Meisa Kuroki (20) was selected as Miss Cotton, while Hitomi Kuroki (48) was named Mrs. Cotton. DAIGO (31) picked up the title …

Speed’s Eriko Imai wins Best Mother Award – Tokyograph

In honor of Mother’s Day, the 2nd annual Best Mother Awards were presented on Sunday. The winners were chosen by public vote across various categories. Eriko Imai (25), a member of pop group SPEED, received the most votes in the music category. Imai revealed last year that her 4-year-old son has been experiencing hearing problems. …

Amuro, Denki Groove top Space Shower awards – Tokyograph

On Sunday, the 2009 SPACE SHOWER Music Video Awards were presented. This year, Namie Amuro won Best Female Video for the second year in a row with ‘NEW LOOK.’ To top it off, she also picked up the newly established Best Artist award. Best Video of the Year went to Denki Groove’s ‘Mononoke Dance,’ which …

Yusuke Kamiji, Yu Yamada get “BLOG of the year 2008” honors

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 …

Namie Amuro’s ‘BEST FICTION’ wins Japan Record Awards Best Album

The Japan Record Awards were held on Tuesday. The big winner was EXILE, who added the top prize to their growing list of honors this year. Their song ‘Ti Amo’ was chosen for the Japan Record Award out of 12 nominees, which included artists such as Kiyoshi Hikawa, TVXQ, and Kumi Koda. For EXILE, this …