Desktop: Miyazato siblings for Meiji’s Almond chocolate snack

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Wow, I think this is a first to have a desktop of a pro-golfer as a desktop. I’m not complaining since it features the talented (and cute) Ai Miyazato and her brothers (also golfers). The ad is for Meiji’s Almond chocolate snack and you’ll find a CM as well as the wallpaper up on the website over here. (Via 壁紙fan!) Enjoy!

Aya Ueto Mother’s Day special desktop

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Chocolate + Mother’s Day go together like a burger and fries. (Don’t mind me, it’s almost dinner time.) This looks like an annual ad campaign for Lotte’s Ghana chocolate featuring several popular actresses (like Masami Nagasawa, Maki Horikita, Nana Eikura and Ei Morisako) and one dude (pro-golfer Ryo Ishikawa). For Karakui.com, although we’re favoring Aya Ueto (personally, I like Nagasawa), Lotte has a wallpaper for each up on the Ghana site. Bonus: clicking on one of the photos will open the CM that features the star. Cool stuff. And no, this doesn’t count as your Mother’s Day gift silly. 😛 (Via 壁紙fan!)

Ai Miyazato Mania in the US

I’m tempted to join in the mania and I don’t even golf! If you’re into golfing then you should already know about Japan’s 21-year-old golf phenom Ai Miyazato. According to Ai’s profile on the LPGA.com website, she stands at 5’2″, 2006 was her rookie year, and she’s collected over US $64,000 in earnings. She was recently featured in a Mainichi Daily News article that mentions her goal to become a top golfer in the US.

KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Ai Miyazato is everywhere in Japan: on billboards at the airport, magazine covers, TV commercials and daily sports pages. But Miyazato isn’t satisfied with just being a superstar in Japan — she wants to be a winner in the United States.

In the first two U.S. LPGA Tour events of the year, the smallish shotmaker commanded the largest galleries and media attention. There were more than 50 Japanese reporters and photographers in Ai’s Army following her every move in the Fields Open, which ended Saturday with Miyazato closing with a 66 to tie for third.

“I get so much exposure in the Japanese media that (American) people see me not for my golf but as this person who is famous in Japan,” she said. “But if I win here and move up, I think they’ll respect my golf. I’d like people to start to see my game.”
The 21-year-old Miyazato is entering her second season on the American women’s golf tour after a winless rookie season. She had seven top-10 finishes last year, including a third-place tie in the LPGA Championship.

“Playing in each tournament last year was a really good experience,” said Miyazato, who lives part-time near Los Angeles. “It was my dream to improve my game and then come play in the United States. I had some tough times last year but it was really fun.” [Via Mainichi Daily News. Read the entire article here.]

Here’s a link to Ai Miyazato on Wikipedia and there are a few videos up of her on YouTube too.