‘Cocco Live in Budokan’ to Air on TV Japan in March

Mark you calendars! TV Japan will air J-Pop singer Cocco’s (and need I say that she’s one of my favorites) “Cocco Live in Budokan” concert on Friday, March 16, 2007! I couldn’t find any info on it at the TV Japan website but it’s probably from her August 10, 2006 concert at the Budokan. The …

What Do These Three Have in Common?

Konishiki – a retired sumo wrestler and popular celeb Rimi Natsukawa – one of Japan’s top vocalists Jake Shimabukuro – ukulele player extraordinaire The answer? An hour-long music special called “Melody Club” that I still hear people raving about although it aired on Hawaii’s KIKU-TV station on January 7, 2007. (The lowdown on the show: …

Yu Yamada’s Next Single to be CM Song for Kanebo

Ever heard of a J-Pop group by the name of Y’z factory? I have, but I won’t blame you for having not heard of them. The singer from that trio that you should know about is 22-year-old Yu Yamada who is slowly making her way around the Japanese entertainment biz. We’ve seen her model for …

Takako Uehara Sokenbicha Desktop Available

Well, we blogged about Takako Uehara (ex-SPEED) and her part as the image character for Sokenbicha back in the beginning of the month, and now the kind bottlers of Coca-Cola Japan have a couple (there are three in all but only two of them with Takako) of desktops available for download. (In case you don’t …

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 …

Meisa Kuroki Desktop for Collagen Water

Some of our Hawaii readers may recognize Meisa Kuroki as the heroine in the J-drama “Aru Ai no Uta (Song of Love)” which was featured as a KIKU-TV 2007 New Year special. The 18 year-old hapa (her father is American, mother is Japanese, and Meisa Kuroki is her stage name) model/actress is steadily gaining popularity …

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 …

Cinderella Story: Erika Sunakawa

Here’s a story that’ll make you feel all nice and tingly inside (just in time for Xmas too). Miyakojima-born Erika Sunakawa (29), a care worker by trade, recently released a debut single called “Heart Drops” (YRCN-10178) on December 20, 2006. It all started from an appearance on the wonderfully entertaining karaoke show from NHK called …