Gori Shares His 8 Favorite Songs from Okinawa

Gori’s YouTube Channel

His staff had to get his favorite awamori into his system and once that was done Gori was ready to announce his 8 recommended songs from Okinawa (Uchinanchu artists). So without further ado, here’s his list in the order that he announced it (links go to YouTube videos):

His comments on why he chose each song is worth checking out too so be sure to watch his video.

Oricon: who would you want to become? – Tokyograph

Weekly entertainment magazine ORI☆STAR polled 700 male and female readers on which famous person they would like to try being. In the men’s category, singer/actor Masaharu Fukuyama ranked first, while Namie Amuro took the top spot in the women’s category. Many of the readers expressed a wish to have similar personal experiences to those of Fukuyama and Amuro.

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Among the women, many expressed their desire to have Amuro’s good looks, as well as her balanced and fashionable style. “I want to feel satisfied standing in front of a mirror wearing all kinds of outfits! She has a goddess-like style and anything looks good on her,” stated an 18-year-old female from Osaka.

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(Link: Oricon: who would you want to become? – Tokyograph.)

Also appearing on the list, at #7, is Yui Aragaki.

Oricon: fashion leaders for high school girls – Tokyograph

A recent Oricon survey asked 300 high school girls, ‘Which female celebrity do you consider to be a fashion leader?’

The #1 answer was pop superstar Namie Amuro (31), noted for her cute and stylish appearance. One girl explained that Amuro always wears fashionable items in her music videos and television appearances. […]

(Link: “Oricon: fashion leaders for high school girls – Tokyograph.”)

I find it absolutely awesome that Amuro is popular with high school girls and I’m sure she also appeals to older women too.

Amuro does animated music video – Tokyograph

Namie Amuro’s new song ‘Dr.’ will be made into an anime music video. This is the first time that one of her music videos will be a fully animated work. In addition, Amuro will appear in it as an animated character.

A group of more than forty of Japan’s leading creators, deemed the ‘strongest’ in animation, was assembled for the project. Special animators from movies, commercials, and video games are involved, including studios like the up-and-coming Kamikaze Douga, SUNRISE, and Studio Jack. The previous credits of these artists include the ‘Dragon Quest’ series, ‘AKIRA,’ ‘Steamboy,’ and ‘Pokemon.’ Leading the project is creative director Shuichi Sato, known primarily for commercials such as Vidal Sassoon.

The music video’s length clocks in […]

Read rest of the story: “Amuro does animated music video – Tokyograph.”

Namie’s latest single, “Wild/Dr.,” was just released on March 18, 2009, and has charted to the top position in Oricon’s daily singles ranking (as of 3/23).

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.)

Oricon: Kamiji, Miyazaki voted “face of 2008” – Tokyograph

Near the end of last year, Oricon conducted a survey of 1,200 men and women, asking them which celebrities they considered as the ‘face of 2008,’ based on activity. The #1 man was Yusuke Kamiji, who mainly rose to fame as part of the boy band Shuchishin, while the #1 woman was young actress Aoi Miyazaki, the star of the NHK taiga drama ‘Atsuhime.’

On the men’s list, musician DAIGO ranked #2, followed by Olympic medal-winning swimmer Kosuke Kitajima. The rest of the list were Masaharu Fukuyama, golfer Ryo Ishikawa, comedian Sekai no Nabeatsu, Shuchishin (as a group), Masahiro Nakai, Arashi, and Yutaka Mizutani.

The women’s list placed comedienne Harumi Edo at #2 and softball pitcher Yukiko Ueno at #3. Suzanne, Maki Horikita, Thelma Aoyama, Yukie Nakama, Namie Amuro, Aya Ueto, and Perfume also made the rankings.

(Link: Oricon: Kamiji, Miyazaki voted “face of 2008” – Tokyograph.)

While it’s great to see an Uchinanchu male at the #1 spot, there are three—count ’em three—female in the list: Nakama, Amuro and Ueto.

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!

Yu Yamada riding high

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With confirmation of the relationship coming from the man himself, it’s official that Yu Yamada (23) and Shun Oguri (25) are a couple. Both recently starred in the J-drama “Binbo Danshi” and were in relationships that ended “around last summer.” As a result, Yu’s blog shot up to the top spot of Ameba’s ranking unseating talento (and fellow Uchinanchu) Yusuke Kamiji’s popular blog.

All of the attention definitely came at the right time with the May 14 release of Yu’s debut album, “MYUSIC.” Next up for Yu is the lead role in the film “Kanna-san, Daiseikou desu!” which is scheduled to be released in the fall of this year. The film is based on the manga by Yumiko Suzuki and follows the popular 2006 Korean film release called “200 Pounds Beauty” which, by the way, I highly recommend watching.

Baby you can drive my car

Not one, but two Uchinanchu actresses topped the rankings at the #1 and #2 spot: Aya Ueto and Yui Aragaki.

Next week is Golden Week in Japan. With that in mind, Oricon conducted a survey of a thousand people, asking them a series of leisure-related questions.

When asked which actress they would want to go to an amusement park with, the respondents chose Aya Ueto as the #1 answer. Yui Aragaki, Masami Nagasawa, Maki Horikita, and Aoi Miyazaki were the next most popular choices.

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Not surprisingly, the answers were similar for the next pair of questions, which asked ‘who would you want to go on a drive with?’ For actresses, Yui Aragaki came out on top this time, putting Aya Ueto at #2. Haruka Ayase made the list at #3, ahead of Maki Horikita and Masami Nagasawa. Meanwhile, Hiroshi Tamaki was at the top of the actors’ list, again followed by Ryuta Sato and Shun Oguri. Yuta Hiraoka and Kenichi Matsuyama also made the cut.

(Link: Oricon: Golden Week surveys – Tokyograph.)

Rankings, rumors, and theme songs

Yeah, we love rankings here at Karkaui.com and maybe an occasional rumor from time-to-time wouldn’t hurt either. So starting with rankings from Oricon, Aya Ueto was ranked #2 for having the most “kissable lips” and fashion-wise, two Uchinanchu ranked for the style that women wanted to copy this spring: Yui Aragaki #2 and tied for #3 among four other women was Namie Amuro — yay!

Although we usually don’t post celebrity rumors here (heck, I had to create a tag for one especially for this entry), ex-DA PUMP member SHINOBU recently made the headlines after having been spotted on a date(?) with actress Hinano Yoshikawa at a yakitori restaurant.

Finally, J-pop group GReeeeN (92 [kuni] is from Okinawa) will have a theme song spot on one of Japan’s popular morning shows, Fuji TV’s “Mezamashi Saturday.”