Harry Seisho Nakasone

Harry Seisho Nakasone, a Honolulu resident who studied in Japan and became a master of classical Okinawan music, died March 19 in Honolulu. He was 99. Nakasone was a grand master of classical uta-sanshin, in which the artist sings and plays the three-string instrument that is Okinawa’s version of the shamisen. […] “He is well-respected …

Ryukyu Golden Kings will be seeking donations for victims of the earthquake and tsunami

Ryukyu Golden Kings and Ryukyu Jusco Co., Ltd. will be seeking donations to help earthquake and tsunami victims in the north east Japan. Monetary donations will be accepted in donation boxes located in all AEON and Max Valu stores in Okinawa from March 13 to March 31. Members of the Kings family to include Players …

Tokyograph: GACKT launches earthquake relief fund

Singer GACKT is using his influence to help earthquake relief efforts, establishing a new emergency donation fund called ‘SHOW YOUR HEART.’ The fund was organized with cooperation from popular online gaming portal Hangame, and a special webpage has been launched for the fund. […] The donations, which are being accepted through a Sumitomo Mitsui bank …

Tokyograph: Morning Musume’s Niigaki Risa cast in ninth “Twilight File” omnibus

An audition announcement has revealed that Morning Musume member Niigaki Risa (22) is set to appear in a movie tentatively titled ‘Bad Days Reason,’ part of the omnibus ‘Twilight File IX.’ Specific details about the film are not yet known, but shooting is scheduled to start in fall 2011, presumably for a 2012 release. […] …

Tokyograph: Kuroki Meisa cast as heroine in “Andalucia: Megami no Houfuku”

Actress Kuroki Meisa (22) has picked up another heroine role in a major motion picture. After co-starring with Kimura Takuya (38) in last year’s hit movie “Space Battleship Yamato,” she will now be joining Oda Yuji (43) in “Andalucia: Megami no Houfuku,” the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster “Amalfi: Megami no Hoshu.” […] (Via Tokyograph.) …

Babies, breakups, and new love?

Babies Ayano Kinjo (33), the keyboardist of the duo Kiroro, is an expectant mother once again. Her agency announced that she is in her fourth month of pregnancy, with the baby due in early April. This will be Kinjo’s third child, tying her with Kiroro vocalist Chiharu Tamashiro (33). Kinjo’s first two children were born …

Aya Ueto in “Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite” – Tokyograph

Aya Ueto (24) will star in a short drama series this fall, titled “Juunen Saki mo Kimi ni Koishite.” This will be her first time leading a series on NHK. […] The story focuses on 26-year-old Rika (Ueto), a single editor who is unskilled in love. The story starts when a man (Uchino) appears before …

“BENI invited to Anime Expo 2010” – Tokyograph

Singer BENI (24), who just achieved her first #1 album this past week with “Lovebox,” has been confirmed as an official Guest of Honor for this year’s Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles. Anime Expo 2010 is being held on July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. BENI is scheduled to perform a concert …

DA PUMP’s ISSA and model Lena Fujii too busy to be together

Things are over between DA PUMP member ISSA (31) and model Lena Fujii (25), it was learned on Friday. The couple reportedly broke up at the end of March. ISSA and Fujii’s relationship was discovered in June of last year, and both of them publicly confirmed they were dating. However, they are said to have …