Non-no exclusive model debut- Yui Shinkawa

By Mana - Last updated: 6月 28, 2015 at 1:58 pm

Yui Shinkawa, not only did she debut as a Non-no (popular fashion magazine) exclusive model, but she is the face for the cover of non-no. You’d be able to get your hands on these copy for the August issue which will were sold on June.20th.  It is  the first to just debut and have the cover.


The August issue is full of Yui. The contents include her interview for work, family, summer fashion, secret to her beauty, off shots and hobbies. It really goes deep in to Yui’s real life. The editors commented how Yui is probably perceived as cool and casual, but she can actually pull off sweet, mature, feminine and has more dimension than you think.  ” We really believe that she can be the true face of Non-no.” the entire editor team left a comment.



Yui herself commented, ” I want to give Non-no my vibe as well as showing off the new me.”.

Born in 1993 December, she won the grand prize of ” Miss Magazine 2010″. In 2011, she won the ” Miss. Seventeen 2011″ and was an exclusive model for Seventeen magazine for 4 years.


She was also chosen as No.1 for ” The model Junior and High school boys want as a girlfriend.”


Not only is she working in the modelling field, but also as a actress for movies and dramas.


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Visit Japan Asia Travel Mart 2015

By TERRY - Last updated: 6月 15, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Visit Japan Asia Travel Mart 2015 is being held Jun.12-21(familizarization trips on Jun.12-21, business negotiation events on Jun.16 and 17, and work shops on Jun. 16) at Makuhari Messe in Chiba City Chiba pref. ( (




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This big event of inbound tourism always becomes so popular and visited by a lot of  foreign buyers, travel agents, and local suppliers, sellers,such as municipalities, bus companies, hotels, guide associations, and so forth.  This time 250 buyers are officially invited to the event from 11 countries of China,Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore,Malaysia,Indonesia, Vietnam, The Philippines, and India. The host, Japan Tourism Agency and JNTO expect to have more  visitors and energetic promotions and negotiations to take place which are to trigger more momentum in that industry.

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Rino Sashihara regaining the No.1 postion at the AKB48 general election

By TERRY - Last updated: 6月 9, 2015 at 6:21 am

The 7th “general Election of AKB48″ was held at “Fukuoka Yafuoku! Dome ” in Fukuoka City , Fukuoka pref. on the Jun.6th. (



Totally 272 members of  AKB48 and its sister groups(SKE48,NMB48,HKT48 and some members from JKT48,SNH48,NGT48, and Nogizaka46) ran for the election and the Selected Members for the new single CD(1st-16th), the Under Girls(17th-32nd), the Next Girls(33rd-48th),the Future Girls(49th-64th),the Upcoming Girls(65th-80th) were announed out of 272 candidate members of the groups.  Rhie election event now draws attention of not only fans of the groups but also mass nationwide and the course was broadcast live at CXTV.   Rino Sashihara, a memeber of Team H of HKT48 won the No.1  for the first time in two years and regained the “queen’s throne” of the event.  Yuki Kashiwagi, a member of Team B of AKB48 rated the second, and  Mayu Watanabe, a member of Team B of  AKB48  who was the No.1 winner of the event last year got the third and could not get the first position in a row.


The Selected members are as followes;  1: Rino Sashihara(194,049 votes,TeamH of HKT48), 2: Yuki Kashiwagi(167,183 votes,TeamB of AKB48 & NGT48), 3: Mayu Watanabe(165,789 votes, TeamB of AKB48), 4: Minami Takahashi(137,252 votes, TeamA of AKB48), 5: Jyurina Matsui(105,289 votes,TeamS of SKE48 & TeamK of AKB48), 6: Sayaka Yamamoto(97,866 votes,TeamN of NMB48 & TeamK of AKB48), 7: Sakura Miyawaki(81,422 votes, TeamKⅣof HKT48 & TeamA of AKB48), 8: Sae Miyazawa(75,495 votes, TeamSⅡ of SNH48 & Team S of SKE48), 9: Haruka Shimazaki(73,803 votes,TeamA of AKB48),  10: Yui Yokoyama(63,414 votes, TeamA of AKB48),  11: Rie Kitahara(61,566 votes, NGT48), 12: Miyuki Watanabe(55,715 votes, TeamBⅡof NMB48  & TeamB of AKB48), 13: Kaori Matsumura(53,667  votes, TeamKⅡof SKE48) , 14: Akane Takayanagi (52,609 votes, TeamKⅡ of SKE48 ) ,  15: Aya Shibata(49,199 votes, TeamE of SKE48), and 16: Tomu Muto(44,637 votes, TeamK of AKB48).


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“Blood Blockade battlefront” Character store opens at Tokyo station

By TERRY - Last updated: 6月 9, 2015 at 4:29 am

A temporary character goods store, or a “chara-pop store” of “Blood Blockade battlefront”(/血界戦線, Kekkai Sensen), a popular manga and anime work will open Jun.16-Jul.31st on the B1 floor in ”Tokyo Eki Ichibangai(Tokyo Station First Street)” , the biggest station basement shopping arcade zone of Tokyo.(



This manga and anime work is a fantasy about an imaginary world where the human world and and a fantasy world exist together and describing stories of a secret order.  To the work, such a chara-pop store is the first one and is going to sell relating goods to the work. The store will prepare wagons at selling stages and also provide special lottery services whose special goods are available only there.

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LAOX SHINJUKU Main Store Opening

By TERRY - Last updated: 6月 9, 2015 at 3:16 am

Laox, a major home electric appliance tore chain opened a new store in Shinjuku, Tokyo on Jun.6th. (


The new store is located on 3,4,and 5th floor of JTB Shinjuku Kyodo Building  near Shinjuku Station, which is the busiest commercial area in Tokyo. The store space is about 2140 ㎡ and the management expects mainly Chinese and Islamic tourists for huge shopping visits.


The store provides wide range of goods, such as PCs, TVs, watches, cosmetics, video games, goceries and so forth. The opening cerempony was held on the opening day and a famous Taiwanese actor, Lin Chi-ling  turned  up and did promotion of the new store, saying, Laox chain is a well-known and popular duty free and home electric appliance chain even in China. She showed  a Chinese character calligraphy, “美 ”(/beauty).


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Harima region’s 13 cities forming the Inbound Tourism Project Review Team

By TERRY - Last updated: 5月 31, 2015 at 2:21 pm

13 cities and  9 towns in the Harima region in Hyogo Pref. formed a wide-area cooperative conference and set up an inbound tourism project review team to launch various inbound tour projects. As I have written in my last post, Himeji area in the Harima region now enjoys huge popularity with tourists due to the re-disclosure of  Himeji Castle to public this spring, whole of the Harima region has been stimulated and energetically conducts broader inbound plans there. (


The 13 cities, such as  Himeji, Kakogawa,Ako, and Akashi, and 6 towns, such as  Fukuzaki, Kamikawa, and Kamigoori started inbound tour plans in collaboration with related local businesses such as travel agents and bus companies. In such projects, they plan and implement monitoring tours, such as a tour to experience making abaci called “Banshu Soroban” which is a traditional craft of Ono City and to visit  Himeji Castle, or experiencing Zen meditations at a local Buddhist temple, tea ceremonies and Himeji Castle visit. Some American, British, Spanish, Canadian residents in those areas joined the tours and are all satisfied so much. The municipalities are now vigorously continuing the inbound projects to attract and receive much more foreign tourists to reinvigorate the local society.

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Himeji Castle, 500,000 visitors after the rennovation

By TERRY - Last updated: 5月 31, 2015 at 4:52 am

Himeji Castle, a world heritage site and known as the “Egret Castle” due to its white and beautiful appearance in Himeji, Hyogo pref.  celebrated the record of receiving 500,000 visitors on this May 10th since the resumption of its opening of the donjon to public after the huge rennovations in the Heisei era on this March 24.  Now the castle has become so popular andreceives more than 17,000 visitors a day and might renew the record high so soon with the rapidly increasing number of the vistors. (



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Tokyo Governor announces launching “Omotenashi Tokyo”

By TERRY - Last updated: 5月 31, 2015 at 4:17 am

Masuzoe Tokyo Governor hosted a regular press conference at the Tokyo metropolitan Government and announced the government launched a plan of volunteer city guide services called “Omotenashi Tokyo” to help foreign visitors to Tokyo as a part of special services in preparation for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020 on this May 29th. (


Masuzoe also introduced and showed the blue uniform of  Omotenashi Tokyo, the volunteer city guide groups.  He told he had impressed by the Korean volunteer guides’ warm services he had received during his stay in Soul, Korea. The Korean volunteer guides wore red uniforms and now he has chosen “blue” ones for the Tokyo guide groups, expressing the similar hospitality of the volunteer guides.  He says  he expects the new system’s volunteer guides will be a good help speaking foreign laungages for foreign tourists to Tokyo.   Omotenashi Tokyo will start its services on Jun. 19 at Shinjuku station West Exit area and area of Ueno station, with about 1,000 enrolled member guides who are housewives, students and others that meet conditions such as a ceratain English proficiency. The services hours are 11:00-17:00 on Friday,Saturday,and Sunday and services will expand to 10 venue areas withen 5 years.

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Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution recommeded as a World Heritage Site

By TERRY - Last updated: 5月 30, 2015 at 11:50 pm

ICOMOS, the official advisory panel of UNESCO, reccommeded some sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial revolution as a world heritage site to UNESCO on this May 4th.  (


The recommended candidate consists of 23 facilities in 8 prefecturessuch as nagasaki and Fukuoka, mainly southwestern parts in Japan in total. They all represent the rapidly developped processes of the heavy industry at the turning point of Japan from the pre-modern to the modern society about 150 years ago in the Meiji era, explains the japanese government. For example,  Gunkan jima island in Nagasaki pref. which worked as a plant island including schools, residents of factory workers and their families as if  it were an independent city on the sea 40~50 years ago is one of those symbolic facilities. Now those   places and areas are so popular and not only Japanese but  foreigners visit to know about Japanese historical and societal changes.  The candidate will be on the item list and examned at the upcoming UNESCO committee at Bon Germany Jun.28-Jul.8.

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Covered in bubbles, THE BUBBLE RUN

By Mana - Last updated: 5月 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm

THE BUBBLE RUN in Chiba prefecture!

Aiming for the goal tape while being covered in foam bubbles that gets released from the bubble machine took place in Chiba prefecture Makuhari park. The running course is 3km long, as has 3 places with the bubble machines. It shoots out yellow, blue, and pink colour bubble, perfect for the upcoming summer weather! The participants enjoyed running through the bubbles. Because this is not a competitive running event, every person was able to enjoy this event.

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After the goal, there were popular DJs and artists showing off their performance while the participants danced to the beat covered in bubble. This out door “bubble party” event was a great success with 10,000 participants.

The BUBBLE RUN will also take place on Aug.29(Sat) and the 3oth (Sun) in Osaka Maishima Arena. Unique fun runs is a great trend, why not enjoy the perfect blend of music and bubble!?









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Meat Festival in Tokyo 2015 Spring

By TERRY - Last updated: 4月 30, 2015 at 2:25 am

The second “Niku- Fesu”(/Meat Festival) in Tokyo is being held April 24-29, May 1-6 at Komazawa Park and May 1-10 at Toyosuna Park in front of AEON Mall Makuhari. (


At the two venues in Komazawa Park and Toyosuna Park, various meat dishes from all over the world are introduced,promoted, and sold. A lot of shops are there and supported by world’s embassies and other associations which could be a “meat world expo”. the host Food Nation has a purpose of promoting cultures through foods and started the meat festival last year, which was so successful with 290,000 and 420,000 visitors to the events.  Visitors can enjoy variety of meat dishes and enjoy food cultures of the world.

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Jyojyuin, the” Moon garden” limited open

By TERRY - Last updated: 4月 30, 2015 at 2:05 am

Jyojyuin garden in Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto, which is usually closed to public, is being open for limited period bewteen April 25-May 13.  (

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The Jyojyuin garden is known as “The Moon Garden” and built about 400 years ago and a disgnated national place of scenic beauty in Kiyomizudera Temple that is a world cultural heritage site, which is quite popular and huge number of people visit on daily basis in Kyoto.The garden is called “The Moon Garden” with its beauty and included a lot of strange- shape rocks and stone oblects and shakei or borrowing background scenery.

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The first Tokyo My Matsuri at Ueno park

By TERRY - Last updated: 4月 29, 2015 at 11:09 pm

The first Tokyo My Matsuri was held April.25-26 at Ueno park, which is quite famous as one of the best sites to appreciate beautiful cherryblossoms in spring in Tokyo. (


This was a dancing festival and competitions of children’ dance teams supported by educational organizations and local commericial associations. About 50 teams joined the event and two teams of “SAKADO WINDS” and “dancecompanyREIKA組” won grandprix.  I wass there on the 26th and ate some food at  stall shops in the venue, The atmosphere there was quite lively and a lot of people were enjoying the festival. The second Matsuri is going to be held in Shinjuku on Oct.3-4.

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Foreign visitors to Japan Record high in March

By TERRY - Last updated: 4月 29, 2015 at 9:43 pm

The monthly number of foreigners visiting Japan achieved the record high in this March, reported JNTO(Japan National Tourist Organization) on April 22nd.  The number reached as many as 1,526,000 which marked a  45 % increase of  the number of  the same month last year. The March’es number also prevailed the number of  last month which was 1,380,000 and maked the record high which was also the first time to mark a number over 1.5 million.



The sources of this drastic increase are said to be the weak yen, relaxed visas systems, expanding scopes of  duty free items, and so forth. The no.1 nationality to have come to Japan is Chinese (338,000, +83.7%), No.2 is Taiwanese(278,000, +33.2% ), and No.3 is Korean(268,200, +39.6%). The monthly numbers of visitors from HongKong, Vietnam,US,Canada,UK,and Germany  recorded high as of one month respectively.


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”Kawaii”-the every girl’s dream

By Mana - Last updated: 4月 16, 2015 at 12:41 am

Exhibition for girls who wants to be “kawaii”

A woman photographer “Edamame’s” aesthetics is ” girl’s cuteness can only be made by girls”.
Her first photo exhibition with the theme ” I’m going to turn cute, okay?” will be held on April 22nd (Wed) to April 26th (Sun) at Asagaya TAV GALLERY.


With the concept ” all girls have the hope to be cute”, she is going to exhibit photos where she posted online and exclusively for this exhibition.


She uses photography as a communication tool with the models and the girls. Being a woman herself, she understands deeply about women’s strong sense. She captures photos of models with their look as well as their instability of feeling crushed by pressure. That’s the beauty she sees in them.


Edamame exhibition “I’m going to turn cute, okay?”

2015.04.22(Wed) – 04.26(Sun)@TAV GALLERY

OPEN 11:00/CLOSE 20:00


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