Found on YouTube: ‘Shiisaa no Gokigenyousa’

One of the funniest skits I’ve seen by Garage Sale from the FujiTV show “Wannai R&R” (One Night Rock ‘n Roll). Garage Sale — watchers of the NHK series “Chura-san” will be familiar with the comedic duo — Okinawan-ize a well-established variety show called “RAION no Gokigenyou” (see clips from the original on YouTube) complete …

Ai Miyazato Mania in the US

I’m tempted to join in the mania and I don’t even golf! If you’re into golfing then you should already know about Japan’s 21-year-old golf phenom Ai Miyazato. According to Ai’s profile on the LPGA.com website, she stands at 5’2″, 2006 was her rookie year, and she’s collected over US $64,000 in earnings. She was …

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: …

Currently at the Top of My Playlist

The PV for melody.’s latest single, “Finding My Road” (released on February 14), is pretty cool but it’s the song that I’m totally grooving too. If you’re not familiar with melody.’s music, seek out the English-language version of “Close Your Eyes” and “Our Journey” — also in English — which was coupled with her November …

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 …