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Jan 13 2016
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Jan 11 2016
David Bowie loved Japan so here we go…he was a bit of a Japanophile.
“Crystal Japan” is an instrumental piece written by David Bowie and released as a single in Japan in 1980. It was recorded in 1979 and used in a Japanese commercial for the sake Crystal Jun Rock, which also featured an appearance by Bowie, although he said at the time that the track was not specifically written for this purpose.”
David Bowie – Tokyo 12-12-1978 (full video)
RIP David Bowie 1947 ~ 2016.
Jan 08 2016
Comes Out Tomorrow (Jan 9 2016)
Wrestling with Japan’s physically challenged…
In 1994, I reviewed “Invincible Handicap” (“Muteki no Handicap”), a documentary by scriptwriter and filmmaker Daisuke Tengan about a professional wrestling group called Doglegs whose members were both physically challenged men and able-bodied volunteers. Started in 1991, the Doglegs hardly fit the template of pitiable unfortunates being aided by selfless caregivers, so often found in local media depictions of those with disabilities.
Read the rest at THE JAPAN TIMES
“It’s really confrontational,” he explains. “A bunch of dudes with heavy disabilities just going at it, beating up each other. Then the next match can be very humorous — a kind of dodgy, dokuzetsu (trash talking) black humor. They’re taking the piss out of each other in a serious way. You think, ‘Should I be laughing? Is this OK to laugh at?’ It’s this very uncomfortable feeling. Then the next one can be a straightforward match where you’re cheering on the wrestler you like”
Screened at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, and Austin Fantastic Fest, where Cozens won best documentary director honors, “Doglegs” will open at two theaters in Tokyo on Jan. 9, followed by a nationwide release. All screenings will have English subtitles.
Jan 08 2016
Over 800,000 new women members forecast to join the World Friends database in 2016.
If you have been slow to sign up beforehand 2016 looks like it’s going to be a good time.
Jan 07 2016
Shūkan Bunshun a weekly magazine
somehow got copies of LINE exchanges between the couple that revealed the love triangle.
Becky apologizes to fans, her staff/company, her family, the media… for alleged infidelity/ indiscretion.
The media obviously stalk the poor girl. Paparazzi preying for a scandal story to sell magazines.
She is not a little girl and should be entitled to a ‘private life’.
It’s not her who should be apologizing. As far as I can see the only mistake she made is in having a relationship with this guy.
Becky, there are better fish out their to fry.
Becky (31) seems to have had an affair with a married vocalist Enon Kawatani (27). Who married last summer.
Has he divorced or just separated from his wife?
In the New Year Kawatani took Becky to his parent’s condominium in Nagasaki to meet his parents even though he had only recently married.
It is yet unclear but Kawatani may have already divorced and intends to marry Becky.
As news comes to hand this page will be updated.
Both of them deny infidelity which would indicate he has already divorced.
They met in October of last year. Because his marriage was hidden even from fans, Becky didn’t know, but Kawatani supposedly said from his own mouth that he was married at the end of November.
Shukan Bunshun obtained their exchanges from the app LINE. In the messages, they discuss Kawatani’s divorce and heading toward marriage with Becky.
On January 6th, Japanese entertainer Becky held a press conference at her agency in Tokyo to deny reports of infidelity. Born in 1984 to a Japanese mother and British father, Rebecca Eri Ray Vaughan, was raised in Japan and began working as an entertainer in 200x. Her popularity has been credited to her consistently positive, upbeat personality. In recent years, she has been reportedly involved with two men, one a member of a comedy team, the other MAKIDAI, former member of a boy band called EXILE. Both men were single and both times she denied the relationship. This is the first time she has been involved in a scandal.
The January 7th issue of Shukan Bunshun magazine (週刊文春) reported that she is in a relationship with Enon Kawatani, lead singer of the popular band called ゲスの極み乙女, pronounced Gesu No Kiwami Otome, despite the fact that Kawatani was married last summer. The marriage quickly began to deteriorate, and Kawatani and his wife are considering divorce.
During the press conference, Becky apologized over and over with tears in her eyes, stating that Kawatani is only her friend. As for the report of her visiting Kawatani’s parents’ house in Nagasaki for the new year, she stated that it was innocent, and done without thinking.
Kawatani commented that he and Becky are just friends.
Japanese culture is very apologetic, and Japanese entertainers who appear in commercials need to maintain a clean and neutral image. Unlike a country like the US, most people who appear in commercials or any advertisements for corporations are entertainers.
Becky has contracts with ten advertisement campaigns at the moment, and therefore how she’s perceived by the public matters very much.
(Source: Nikkan Sports)
Jan 05 2016
Artist Takayo Kiyota found her canvas in rice, turning sushi rolls into masterpieces. Kiyota has created 200 different sushi roll designs. (Reuters)
Dec 31 2015
Happy New Year to All our members and the rest of you…
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Dec 13 2015
An all-female band formed by the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un cancelled its concerts in Beijing and abruptly left the Chinese capital for unknown reasons.
Watch the crowd go wild….
North Korea’s Moranbong Band playing the song “Without a Break” during their 2013 New Year’s Eve performance. In the background, a screen shows a missile launch, and the crowd cheers after it destroys the world.
However band members arrived at Beijing’s airport in North Korean embassy vehicles on Saturday afternoon and departed aboard a North Korean Air Koryo jet shortly after 4pm following a lengthy delay, the Chinese news website sina.com reported.
A staff member at the National Theatre, where the band was to give the invitation-only performances, said the concerts had been cancelled but did not give a reason. An accompanying North Korean musical troupe, the State Merited Chorus, also cancelled its performances.
The bands’ abrupt departures might have been related to stories circulated by the South Korean media about a rumoured past relationship between the married Kim and a female member of the band, which also made rounds on Chinese social media, said Yang Moo-jin, a North Korea expert at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul.
Pack up your weapons girls we’re outta here… Red Alert.
North Korea has built a cult of personality around the Kim family, which has ruled for three generations, and sees any outside criticism or mockery of its leader as an attack on its sovereignty.
“There are few things the North takes more seriously than an attack on the dignity of its supreme leadership, and it might have decided to bring the female members of the band back quickly to cut off such reports,” Yang said.
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