Orange Range’s Hiroki marries – Tokyograph

ORANGE RANGE vocalist HIROKI (26) has been married since last month, it was learned on Saturday. The band announced the news on their official website.

HIROKI registered his marriage in February. His wife is not in show business, and he chose not to reveal any personal details such as her age or the length of their relationship.

Of the band’s five current members, HIROKI is the third one to reveal that he is married. Bassist YOH (26) tied the knot in 2007, and vocalist RYO (24) got married in 2008.

(Via Tokyograph.)

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 Nobunaga in a theatrical production of “Onna Nobunaga.”

Last year’s Miss Lily was actress Ryoko Hirosue. Other previous winners include Hitomi Kuroki and Takako Tokiwa.

(Via Tokyograph.)

Model Lena Fujii dating DA PUMP’s ISSA – Tokyograph

Fashion model Lena Fujii (24) has confirmed rumors of her dating DA PUMP member ISSA (30). Last week’s issue of Josei Seven had published photos of the two sharing a kiss together late at night.

On Wednesday, Fujii held a press conference presenting a red wedding dress that she produced. Reporters at the event took the opportunity to ask her about the magazine article, and she admitted that the rumor is true.

ISSA’s past romances include actress Kou Shibasaki (27) and talento Yu Abiru (22). His agency declined to comment on his relationship with Fujii, saying that it is a private matter.

(Link: Model Lena Fujii dating DA PUMP’s ISSA – Tokyograph.)

I haven’t been keeping up with DA PUMP so it’s nice to hear about them (well, one of them) even if it’s not related to a new single or album. Issa and Lena. Sounds good.

Oh, and as for DA PUMP, they’ll be releasing a new single titled “SUMMER RIDER” — their first for the year — on July 15, 2009. And, if you didn’t know, they now have a total of 9 members in the group — only two are original members (ISSA and KEN).

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

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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).

(Via Tokyograph.)

Two Okinawans top Oricon’s “Ideal Women” ranking

Oricon recently ran a survey of 1,200 men and women under 40, asking them to identify which celebrities they felt represented their ideal image of a woman. The survey was divided into two categories, one for music artists and one for actresses.

In the artist category, Namie Amuro ranked #1, noted for her style and fashion sense. The rest of the top five were YUI, aiko, Ayumi Hamasaki, and YUKI.

Under actresses, Yui Aragaki topped the list, winning popularity with her cuteness and her smile. She was followed by Nanako Matsushima, Aoi Miyazaki, Ryoko Shinohara, and Maki Horikita.

(Link: Oricon: ideal women.)

Wow, way to go Amuro!

Wallpaper: Meisa Kuroki is so smooth

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It’s not what you think. Yeah, she’s beautiful and all and it’s not like we’re saying that she’s not smooth but this time, actress/singer Meisa Kuroki is promoting a new beer from Kirin called Kirin Smooth. So how about having Meisa on your Mac/PC screen with the words “I am Smooth!” to look at when you’re reading Karakui.com? Good? We think so. 😛

(Via 壁紙fan!)

Airi Taira to be Kanna in “20th Century Boys”

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Director Yukihiko Tsutsumi’s ’20th Century Boys’ movie trilogy has officially revealed its heroine. Toho announced on Sunday that the role of Kanna, the niece of the protagonist Kenji (Toshiaki Karasawa), will be played by 23-year-old actress Airi Taira, who was selected by audition from a pool of around 3,000 hopefuls.

Although Kanna’s part in the first movie is minor, she plays a critical role in bridging the first two films and in the rest of the trilogy.

The first installment opens on August 30, and the second is lined up for January 31, 2009.

(Link: “20th Century Boys” gets its Kanna – Tokyograph.)

Boasting an impressive cast of A-list actors, this is a big step for Airi and one that will hopefully take her acting career to the next level. She’s blogged about it here (image above is of her official blog) and you can learn more about the flick here as well as the official website.

Yu Yamada stars in the NTV drama “Seigi no Mikata”

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Already on its third episode, NTV’s “Seigi no Mikata” stars the beautiful Yu Yamada who’s been off to an amazing start for the 1st half of 2008 starring in a “Nodame Cantabile” special, a guest appearance on fellow Uchinanchu Yukie Nakama’sGokusen 3,” and a starring role in “Binbo Danshi.”

Synopsis via Tokyograph:

15-year-old Mirai Shida stars as Yoko, a young girl whose is constantly tormented by her self-centered and devilish older sister Makiko, who works for a government office after having graduated from a famous university. But despite her ill nature, Makiko’s actions tend to somehow make things better for those around her, causing others to praise her as an ‘ally of justice.’

Yu Yamada co-stars as Makiko. Shiro Sano and Yoshiko Tanaka will play the parents of the two sisters.