Archive for 'J-pop' Category

AAA “PR Ambassador” of “One Piece”

By TERRY - Last updated: 金曜日, 1月 31, 2014

AAA, a popular music artist group of  young males and females has become a “PR Ambassador” of “One Piece”, the worldwide popular Japanese comic and anime work describing pirates, reported on 14th.  The group is in charge of  the thme music of the anime work  and such a promotion campaign has started commemorating teh 15th anniversary of the great subculture work.

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EXILE won the grand prize of the 55th Japan record Awards

By TERRY - Last updated: 火曜日, 12月 31, 2013

EXILE, one of the most popular music artist group, won the grand prize of the 55th  Japan Record Awards held  in Tokyp on Dec.30. (http://www.tbs.co.jp/recordaward/)

 

EXILE won the grand prize with its latest song “EXILE PRIDE~Konna Sekai wo Aisurutame ~” for the first time in three years and they had received the prize three times consecutively 2008-2010. The group gave up joining the awards in 2011 for they believed it to be farer after the great record of winning the grand prize three straight years. After that, AKB48 won the grand prize consective years instead 2011-2012. However, that female group  couldn’t win three times in a row, which has been achieved only by Ayumi Hamasaki and EXILE so far, and now  EXILE has established the new record of “four times winnings of  the grand prize ” in the awards’ history. HIRO, the leader of EXILE  gave words of joy and gratitude to the fans saying everything was the best.; he will retire as a performer of the group at the end this year and will exclusively serve as president and producer of the group and its company.  One of the mcs of the show, Aya Ueto, actually, is HIRO’s wife, so they must be happy very much for being able to leave such a memorable record just before his retirement.

Some musicians, artists, dancers, and so forth received excellence awards and best awards.  Among them, especially Kota Shinzato, an 18-year-old male singer stands out with popularity, who won the Best New Artist Award.

 

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“TRICK Last Stage” will come in Jan.2014

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 10月 28, 2013

“TRICK Last Stage”, the final work of the popular TV drama series will come out on Jan.11th 2014 as a movie. http://yamada-ueda.com/movie/

This is a TV drama series with some movies versions of  stories  of  a magician  who solves mystery cases using magicians’ knowledge and skills. this started in 2012 and the “Last Stage” will be the work to conclude the 14-year- long drama series.

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Musical “SEMPO”, a story of Japanese Schindler

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 9月 30, 2013

“SEMPO”, a musical play describing a stroy of an actual Japanese diplomat who saved a lot of lives of Jews during WW2 was performed at New National Theater in Hatsudai Tokyo Sep.10-29. (http://www.sempo2013.com/)

 

 

 

The word SEMPO is a nickname of a Japanese diplomat who issued visas to Jews who were persecuted by Nazi during WW2 in Kaunus Lithuania.  His real name is Chiune Sugihara who was a vice-consul of that country in 1940.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiune_Sugihara)

Sugihara is called “Japanese Schindler”, as he saved about 6000 Jews by issuing Japanese visas to them ,which  enabled them to  escape from European countries where they were suffering despite  the-then Japanese government had prohibited him to do so. After WW2, he was dismissed for violation of the order, yet he received honor of Righteos Among Nations from Israel and Japanese government gave an official apology to his bereaved family of the unfair dismissal.

The musical play was a touching work with good actors and singers. His strong belief of justice and agony of dilemma between his loyal duty to the government and his own chivalry or conscience were all described in detail. Sugihara’s part was played by Kouji Kikkawa, a popular rock-n-roll singer as well as an actor. AKB48’s members Haruka Katayama and Amina Sato played the part of his sister-in-law in turn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atsuko Maeda “one-day only” comeback to AKB48

By TERRY - Last updated: 水曜日, 7月 31, 2013

Atsuko Maeda, a huge “graduate” from AKB48 made a one-day only comback to her “old home” AKB48 at its concert in Sapporo Hokkaido on Jul. 31.

Maeda graduated from AKB on Aug,27 2012, and  she made the first ” reunion” participation in AKB’s concert since her graduation over one year ago. She herself cried for big joy for being able to make a triumphant comeback visit as a “guest” and about 30,000 visitors to the concert welcomed her warmly calling her name in a passion. Though Maeda didn’t sing with incumbent AKB members, she sang three solo songs in an energetic atmosphere.

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FNS Summer Song festival

By TERRY - Last updated: 水曜日, 7月 31, 2013

FNS  Summer Song Festival is being  held at National Stadium First Gymnasium  18:55-23:08 on Jul.31, whose course is being live braodcastedon TV.http://www.fujitv.co.jp/FNS/2013s/

More than  70 musicians or groups are performing on the stage all of whom are popular.

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“ONGAKU NO HI “, a “Music Day”

By TERRY - Last updated: 日曜日, 6月 30, 2013

TBS, one of  major TV stations broadcast an long-hour music TV show called “ONGAKU NO HI”(/The Music Day), which was run for  more than 13 hours in total from 14:00 Jun.29th to 5:00 Jun.30th. Mora than 90 singers and groups performed in the program.http://www.tbs.co.jp/ongakunohi/

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Hatsune Miku’s ‘Tell Your World’ Song Gets English Release on iTunes~♪

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 3月 12, 2013

Apple’s iTunes store is listing that an English version of Hatsune Miku’s song “Tell Your World” will be released March 20.

The listing currently features a 90-second preview of the song. The Japanese version of the song is already available on the U.S. iTunes store.

Composer kz wrote, scored, and arranged the original song — which was featured in a multi-award-winning Google Chrome commercial — under the unit name livetune.

The English version of “Tell Your World” will also be included on livetune’s new Hatsune Miku album Re:Dial, which is also slated for release on March 20 in Japan. Re:Dial will include the song “Redial,” which will feature a music video from contemporary artist Takashi Murakami.

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TGC 16 at National Yoyogi Stadium

By TERRY - Last updated: 土曜日, 3月 2, 2013

TGC16, “Tokyo Girls Collection 16”, the 16th turn of  one of the most popular female fashion events in Japan  was held on Today March  2nd  15:00-21:00 at National Yoyogi Stadium First Gymnasium in Tokyo.(http://girlswalker.com/tgc/13ss/)

Namie Amuro, a popular female singer showed up as a “secret guest performer” and sang in the opening event. She took part in this huge fashion event for the first time.

And, one of the prominent parts of the show was that Kintaro, a celebrity impersonator who has suddenly become surprisingly popular due to her impersonating performances of Atsuko Maeda, an ex-AKB48 top member, showed such a performance of “Atsuko Maeda’s part”, which earned a boisterous applause from the audience.

82 top female models, such as Karina, Kiko Mizuhara, Anna Tsuchiya,Yu Yamada, and others showed up and emthralled  the audience of about 30,000 with their beauty, fancy fashion,and performances.

 

 

 

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Perfume’s special website- Create your own comics

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 2月 19, 2013

Popular pop group Perfume opened a special website where users can create their own comics featuring the band members and their new single “Mirai no Museum.

The song’s music video centersaround a character named “Shōnen P-ta” and Perfume — reimagined as three humanoid robots from the future. On the website, users write their own lines into four panels of the comic for P-ta and the three Perfumemembers. For the fifth panel, the computer will automatically analyze the data put into the text boxes to create the last scene, using real footage of the girls from the music video. Users can also login into their Facebook or Twitter accounts to see data previously submitted by other users..


Perfume’s new single will arrive in Japan on February 27 as the theme song to the latest Doraemon film, Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dōgu Museum. The single will then arrive in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and China on March 9, with the original lyrics translated into Chinese.

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MomokuroZ’s new year’s resolution

By TERRY - Last updated: 木曜日, 1月 31, 2013

“MomokuroZ”(Momoiro CloverZ), one of the top young female idol groups, declared their

new goal on the new year’s day.  

The  group’s first goal was to join and perform at Kohaku Utagassen, the Red and White singing contest on the new year’s eve , which MomokuroZ realized on Dec.31 2012. And now, the group has a new purpose that it will host live concerts at National Stadium (http://naash.go.jp/corp/english/activities/tabid/391/Default.aspx) in Yoyogi that is so closely located to NHK, the TV station where Kohaku is held.  That is how Momokuro has set out the “second chapter” of its activities of “dreams beyond Kohaku”. However, the stadium is currently under a renovation which is scheduled to complete in 2018, so the day to fulfill the group’s next dream has not been clearly set or predicted yet.

 

 

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The 54th Japan Record Award- AKB48 won for the second consecutive year

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 12月 31, 2012

The 54th Japan Record Award ceremony was held at the New National Theater in Tokyo on Dec.30th and  AKB48 received the Japan Record Award for the second consecutive year with “Manatsu no Sounds Good ” as the first female group in its history to win two years or more in a row and the sixth performer as well.(http://www.tbs.co.jp/recordaward/)

 

The winning song is a virtually the last song of the group with the “absolute ace”, Atsuko Maeda who graduated from the group this August, which marked the best selling single record of this year. One of the new aces, Yuko Oshima   made a speech for the winning saying, “Thanks to this victory, we have made a good mark at the new start of the second chapter of  AKB48’s history. We will make brand-new AKB and please support us.” with a happy smile.

The Best New Artist Award was given to Reo Ieiri, Good Song Awards were given to;ありがとう」JUJU 「風が吹いている」いきものがかり 「GO FOR IT!!」西野カナ 「櫻」氷川きよし 「酒のやど」香西かおり 「777 ~We can sing a song!~」AAA 「花火」三代目 J Soul Brothers 「White Angel」Fairies 「真夏のSounds good!」AKB48 「やさしくなりたい」斉藤和義

And other awards went to about 40 performers, lyricists, or composers. In addition,  some great singers and musicians who had recently passed away received the Special Contribution Awards.

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“Akiba-kei Idol AruAru” issued

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 12月 31, 2012

A book of collection of short fodders of suggetions which readers may agree with the ideas of the writer about “Akiba-kei”(Akihabara style) idols and their activities issued on Dec.17th.The book is “Akiba-kei Idol AruAru”(issued by Byakuya shobo, ¥1000).

“Aruaru” means “the idea or anecdote is likely to exist”, or “readers can easily imagine the introduced story can actually happen even though that is a cooked up fiction by the writer”. the short fodders refer to popular idols such as a member of AKB48 concerning her characters and so forth.

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MomoirocloverZ Kohaku Utagassen rehearsal

By TERRY - Last updated: 月曜日, 12月 31, 2012

MomoirocloverZ,  a female idol group explosively  gaining huge popularity these days,has been chosen one of the performers of the year-end singing TV show,  the 63rd Kohaku Utagassen(The Red and White Singing Competition) of NHK on the coming new year’s eve of this year for the first time.The group had declared it would announce a huge notice on the Jan. 1st 2013 though the content of the news has not been known. The group joined the official rehearsal of the Kohaku on 29th and reported the happy impressions and excitement the members received from the fresh experience.

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“Evangelion Q”, the newest episode of “Eva” released at movie theaters

By TERRY - Last updated: 金曜日, 11月 30, 2012

“Evangelion Q” ,  the newest episode of  “Evangelion”, one of the most popular anime work series of  Japanese sci-fi anime was released at movie theaters on Nov.17th. http://www.evangelion.co.jp/news.html

 

 

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