Babies, breakups, and new love?


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 in 2005 and 2009, while Tamashiro gave birth to her children in 2006, 2007, and 2009. (Full article at Tokyograph.)


Namie Amuro (33) and comedian Atsushi Tamura (36) have broken up, it is being reported. A source close to the couple says that they ended their relationship just last month, choosing to separate due to their busy schedules and lack of time together. (Full article at Tokyograph.)

New love?

Just a couple weeks ago, it was learned that Aya Ueto (25) and V6’s Go Morita (31) broke up after an 8-year relationship. At the time, it was said that neither side had found a new lover, but news reports today claim that Ueto is now dating EXILE leader HIRO (41). (Full article at Tokyograph.)

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 spotted taking Uehara’s dog for a walk. It appears that their relationship started last year, when AKIHIRO performed as a backup dancer on SPEED’s tour.

Uehara’s previously reported relationships include DA PUMP’s ISSA (31), KAT-TUN’s Jin Akanishi (25), and actor Koji Yamamoto (33).

(Via Tokyograph.)

Shido Nakamura, Meisa Kuroki dating? – Tokyograph

Sports Hochi reports that kabuki actor Shido Nakamura (37) and actress Meisa Kuroki (21) recently started dating. The unexpected couple met when they worked together in the play “Akai Shiro, Kuroi Suna” this past April.

Sources say that Nakamura began approaching Kuroki shortly after it was decided that they would be acting together. However, they reportedly started dating barely a month ago. […]

(Via Tokyograph.)

Model Lena Fujii dating DA PUMP’s ISSA – Tokyograph

Fashion model Lena Fujii (24) has confirmed rumors of her dating DA PUMP member ISSA (30). Last week’s issue of Josei Seven had published photos of the two sharing a kiss together late at night.

On Wednesday, Fujii held a press conference presenting a red wedding dress that she produced. Reporters at the event took the opportunity to ask her about the magazine article, and she admitted that the rumor is true.

ISSA’s past romances include actress Kou Shibasaki (27) and talento Yu Abiru (22). His agency declined to comment on his relationship with Fujii, saying that it is a private matter.

(Link: Model Lena Fujii dating DA PUMP’s ISSA – Tokyograph.)

I haven’t been keeping up with DA PUMP so it’s nice to hear about them (well, one of them) even if it’s not related to a new single or album. Issa and Lena. Sounds good.

Oh, and as for DA PUMP, they’ll be releasing a new single titled “SUMMER RIDER” — their first for the year — on July 15, 2009. And, if you didn’t know, they now have a total of 9 members in the group — only two are original members (ISSA and KEN).

Kikunosuke Onoue dating Kurara Chibana? – Tokyograph

The latest issue of Josei Seven reports that kabuki actor Kikunosuke Onoue (31) recently had a ‘late night date’ with model and Miss Universe runner-up Kurara Chibana (27). After having dinner together, the pair went back to Onoue’s home. Chibana reportedly left the house about an hour later.

In typical fashion, Onoue’s agency stated that Chibana is just one of his friends, while Chibana’s agency said that it would not comment on her private matters.

(Link: Kikunosuke Onoue dating Kurara Chibana? – Tokyograph.)

There’s a name (Kurara) I haven’t heard in awhile.

Yu Yamada riding high


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.

Rankings, rumors, and theme songs

Yeah, we love rankings here at 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.”