Popular teen idol/actress Yui Aragaki opened her official blog just over a week ago, but it has already jumped to 2nd in the popularity rankings of celebrity blogs hosted by blogging site Ameblo.
Aragaki is outranked only by Chinatsu Wakatsuki, who has long been at the top of the Ameblo rankings. Other celebrities on the same site include Rie Tomosaka, Saeko, Misako Yasuda, Eriko Sato, and Leah Dizon.
(Via Gakky to become next blog queen? – Tokyograph.)
I’m subscribed to Gakky’s feed and she posts to her blog at least once a day. Fellow celebrity Uchinanchu blogger, Yu Yamada, is also on Ameblo and frequently updates her blog with lots of pics too. Worth checking out and subscribing to.
Sorry, kinda late on this one (and I’ll get around to answering everyone’s emails soon). Donna has a clip up of Rinken Band performing at this year’s Okinawan Festival in Waikiki, Hawaii.
[Update] We’ve been had by Yu who was preparing for her first live event for the Shibuya Girls Collection.
Yu Yamada (23) posted a pic (above) on her blog today showing off her new “hair change.” Although I believe Yu’s long hair was one of her trademarks, I think she looks cuter with short hair and the comments left on the post (which range from disbelief that she actually cut it to her matching the new ‘do) are pretty much in favor with the change.
If you enjoyed the 25th Okinawan Festival vlog Donna posted to Champuru.net a few days ago, you’re going to love that she has three, count ’em three new videos up.
Enjoy! And be sure to leave a comment for Donna too. 🙂
If you’re a fan of Hawaiian and Okinawan music you may be interested in the duo Churamana (チュラマナ, roughly translated as “Beautiful [chura, Okinawan] Energy [mana, Hawaiian]”) with Tokyo-born Maki Uehara on vocals/hula and Ishigakijima-born Makiko Miyara (formerly of the O-pop group Donann) on vocals. If you’re familiar with the group TINGARA (Okinawan healing music) — check out this Pop.i-O entry I posted about 2 years ago on them — Churamana’s music may seem familiar and that’s due to Gerhen Oshima’s (ex-TINGARA, on sanshin) involvement in the project along with a well-known musician of Hawaiian music in Japan by the name of Yuki “Alani” Yamauchi (on slack-key guitar, Hawaiian guitar and ukulele).
Samples of the duo’s music is available at the Japan iTunes Store (clicking on link will launch iTunes). If you’re interested in purchasing their CDs, they’re available at one of my favorite online stores, CDJapan.co.jp.
Churamana’s Discography (caps = katakana):
“Rakuen no Niji” 2007.05.23 (VICL-62409)
- Hi‘lawe ∼ Akata Sundunchi
- Aloha Oe
- Hana ∼ Subete no Hito no Koroko ni Hana wo
- Umi no Joou Rainha do mar
- Pua Mae‘ole
- Asadoya Yunta
- Kokoro ni Niji wo
- Amakakiru Hashi
- Pauoa Liko Ka Lehua
- Yuuyake no Niwa
Futatsu no Rakuen 2006.06.21 (VICL-61977)
- Ula No Weo —Prologue—
- Kodou ∼Ichimadin∼
- Akaka Falls
- Tinsagu nu Hana
- Pua Ahihi
- Pua Anela
- Kanahele —Interlude—
- Tsuki nu Kaisha
- Yashi no Mi
- Ula No Weo
Official Website (Victor Entertaiment, Inc.)
Official Blog (Futatsu no Rakuen)
Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara
The familiarity of situations, foods, phrases, and of course, the Okinawan culture appeal to me, making this a fun, quick read.
Read the rest of Donna’s review over here. According to the author’s website, Snakeskin Shamisen (which is the third book in her Mas Arai series) has been nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award in the Best Paperback Original category.
So I’m about to shut down (gotta go practice sanshin yo) but I decide to surf around WordPress.com a bit and came across the daily Top Blogs listing. Clicked 日本語 (Nihongo) under “Language Filters” and lo and behold, sitting at the number two spot for the Blogs of the Day (BotD) is the Okinawa Basketball Association blog! I’m no basketball nut (baseball is closer to my turf) but with a little over 95,000 hits since August 2006, wow.