Yuji Nakae’s ‘Koishikute’ Trailer Now Online

Perhaps the most anticipated film of 2007 for Okinawa movie fans is “Koishikute”, directed by Yuji Nakae (“Hotel Hibiscus”, “Nabbie’s Love”), and based on the early days of J/O-Pop super group BEGIN. You can now view the trailer of the film (kudos to them for making it available on Apple’s superb QT format too) on …

Takako Uehara is the New Image Character for Sokenbicha

Will 2007 be Takako Uehara‘s (24, ex-SPEED) year? The J-Pop singer has a best-of album “départ ∼takako uehara single collection∼” (AVCD-16120 [CD-only version], AVCD-16119/B [CD+DVD version]) set to be released on March 14th and on February 5th we’ll have a chance to see her as the image character for Coca-Cola Japan’s Sokenbicha drink. Now who …

Amuro’s ‘Baby Don’t Cry’ Makes It Her 13th Consecutive Oricon Best 10 Single

Congratulations to J-Pop diva Namie Amuro (29), whose latest single “Baby Don’t Cry” (released 2007.1.24) charted at #3 on the Oricon Single Chart making it her 13th consecutive single to reach the top 10! It’s an amazing feat when you consider that it was her 1995 single “Taiyou no SEASON” that started it all. [Via …

Risa Niigaki, Ready for the Spotlight?

Ladies and gentlemen, the Niigaki Risa boom has come. Some crazy points here, coming from a huge Gaki-san fan. Apologies in advance if this sounded bias. Old news made new. Way back (I think a couple months) before Yossie’s graduation announcement, read from somewhere that there were some ‘insider’ rumour from internal staffs, that Yoshizawa …

Scoop: Jake Shimabukuro to Perform in Kouhaku!

Okay, so it may not really be a scoop for Karakui but it’s good news nonetheless. As reported on nikkansports.com and on Jake’s Japanese-language website KLUB (it’s not on his English-language site yet), the Hawaii-born ukulele virtuoso will be performing as a special guest with Rimi Natsukawa at this year’s Kouhaku Uta-gassen. Rimi and Jake …

Jake Shimabukuro’s Change of Pace

Known for his amazing technique on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro (30), recently took part in this year’s Honolulu Marathon – the first for the Hawaii-born musician. According to an article on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin the marathon was one of the hardest things he’s ever done – changing his lifestyle which has in turn, affected his …