Catching up on news from Tokyograph

“Stereopony at AnimeNEXT in New Jersey” This will be the band’s first performance at an American anime convention. However, they have played in the United States before: in 2009, they performed at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. […] Their concert will be on June 18, and they also plan to hold …

Meisa Kuroki to star in TBS’s April 2010 drama “Shinzanmono”

Meisa Kuroki will be starring in the drama “Shinzanmono” which will begin airing on the TBS network from April 18, 2010. “Shinzanmono” will be Meisa’s first renzoku drama for 2010. Synopsis (from DramaWiki): Based on the popular novel by best-selling author Higashino Keigo, Kato Kyoichiro is a new detective who is assigned to solve the …

It’s baseball season so we’re playing catch (up)

Catching up on stuff I bookmarked from the ever awesome Tokyograph website and have finally gotten around to posting here. For the 1st Billboard Japan Music Awards, HY (an indie rock group from Okinawa) was awarded the Independent Artist of the Year 2009 and Yusuke (his grandfather is from Miyakojima) was awarded the New Artist …

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 …

SPEED’s Takako Uehara finds new love – Tokyograph

Takako Uehara (27), a member of the female pop group SPEED, is reportedly in a new relationship. This week’s issue of Josei Seven contains pictures of Uehara with AKIHIRO (27), a dancer and a designer for a hip-hop fashion brand. AKIHIRO was seen late last month spending the night at Uehara’s home. He was also …

Yukie Nakama to star in the TBS’s “Japanese Americans”

This autumn, TBS plans to broadcast a five-episode drama series titled “Japanese Americans.” The drama, an original work by veteran screenwriter Sugako Hashida, focuses on a Japanese family who emigrated to the United States a century ago and lived through World War II. […] Yukie Nakama (30) plays the heroine as Ichiro’s love interest Shinobu. …

Okinawa on a plate – The Japan Times Online

Makabe Chinaa had a lucky escape: you can still see bullet holes in some of the beams. Then in the immediate postwar period, the house served as a town office and a clinic before becoming what it is today — a much-loved tea shop and restaurant that serves up a large portion of history along …

Meisa Kuroki becomes newest L’Oreal spokesperson – Tokyograph

Rising star Meisa Kuroki (21) is all set to become a bigger name worldwide, with the help of a major commercial contract. She has just signed on as a spokesperson for cosmetics brand L’Oréal Paris, whose beauty products are popular in more than 150 countries. Kuroki has been building her career in Japan since 2004, …

Meisa Kuroki in Yajima Biyoshitsu movie

[…] The parody group consists of the Yajima family, which is a 37-year-old mother named Margaret (played by Tunnels’ Noritake Kinashi), plus her 12-year-old daughter Strawberry (played by Tunnels’ Takaaki Ishibashi) and 18-year-old daughter Naomi (played by DJ OZMA). So far, the only known detail of the group’s history is that they came from Nevada …

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 …