Movie producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki passed away in an accident on Sunday afternoon. He was 75. Nishizaki was best known as one of the co-creators of the "Space Battleship Yamato" anime series, along with Leiji Matsumoto (72).
At around 12:35pm on November 7, the Coast Guard received word that Nishizaki had fallen into the water from a ship named YAMATO (485 tons), while it was docked at Futami Harbor of Chichi-jima (part of the Bonin Islands). A rescue boat was able to retrieve him about 20 minutes later, but he died shortly …
Creator of Japan’s cartoon icon of cuteness Hello Kitty on Thursday said it was unhappy with a Dutch ruling in a copyright case against its famous feline character’s rabbit friend Cathy.
An Amsterdam court this week ordered Sanrio Co to halt production and sales of Cathy merchandise in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg after finding the Japanese bunny too closely resembled the Dutch character Miffy.
Tokyo-based Sanrio said it was ‘discontent with the temporary injunction’ by the Dutch court, which came in a case launched by Mercis, the copyright management firm for …
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Forget the ice ax and $500 climbing boots. The mode du jour for today’s mountain hikers in Japan is the miniskirt and leggings.North Face, maker of the Gore-Tex waterproof jacket, and Alpine Tour Service Co. are targeting “yama girls,” or mountain girls, the nickname of the growing number of women who are taking to the hills of Japan wearing short pants or fleece skirts with leggings and designer trekking boots.“I want to wear something cute like a skirt,” said Machiko Miyauchi, 25, who made her first ascent of Mount Fuji, …Read the full story »
From Prime Minister Naoto Kan to Sapporo Beer, lawmakers and companies are invoking the image and legacy of Sakamoto Ryoma, the 19th century samurai who helped overhaul Japan’s government and economy.
Kan mentioned Ryoma in a speech June 8, the day he became prime minister, drawing comparisons between his new Cabinet and the militia groups of the samurai era. Facing an economy saddled with falling consumer prices, rising debt and an aging population, Kan pledged to break Japan’s "stasis."
"Ryoma has been exploited over and over again in society, for Japan’s militarism, …
On Wednesday, NHK announced the hosts of the 61st Kohaku Uta Gassen. The popular group Arashi will be in charge of the White Team, while actress and pianist Nao Matsushita (25) will be in charge of the Red Team. This is the first time for either of them to serve as a Kohaku host.
Arashi did their first performance at Kohaku just last year. Now, they have become the first group ever to host the show. The announcement was even more special as it was made on November 3, the 11th …
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02. Oshiri Kajiri Mushi
03. Odoru Ponpokorin
04. Anpanman no March
05. Garagara Hebi ga Yattekuru
06. Hyokkori Hyoutan Jima
07. Moonlight Densetsu
08. Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun
09. Watashi ga Oba-san ni Natte mo
10. Ningentte Ii na
11. Yuuki 100%
The tracklist for Tsuji Nozomi’s 1st solo album titled Minna Happy! Mama no Uta has been released.
The album will apparently feature 12 songs in total – 11 cover songs including songs from Sailor Moon, Anpanman, and Hyoukkori Hyoutan Jima (which Morning Musume has already covered) as well as one original song which has yet to be revealed.
Media Create’s Japanese sales charts showed that Nintendo mascot cuteness could not be overcome by Rockstar’s trademark tough and gritty open-world approach, as Pokemon Black and White retained the top spot on the charts despite a challenge from Red Dead Redemption. The week of October 11-17 showed that fighting Nintendo mascot cuteness with Nintendo mascot cuteness was no more effective, as Pokemon Black and White bested Kirby’s Epic Yarn to top the Media Create chart for the fifth consecutive week.
Kirby was kawaii, but not kawaii enough.
Black and White combined to …
Yuto Miyazawa, a 10-year-old Japanese guitar prodigy, was going strong late into his second set at the Hong Kong Fringe Club, launching into guitar riffs like a virtuoso and bantering with the crowd in shaky English.
When a fan shouted a request for “Crazy Train,” Yuto stopped for a moment, looking much like the skinny Japanese schoolboy he is. The fan, thinking Yuto didn’t understand, held up a camera phone with a video of the old Ozzy Osbourne favorite.
It wasn’t necessary. Yuto, whom the Guinness Book of World Records lists as …
Eita (27) and Kenichi Matsuyama (25) will co-star as a pair of railroad otaku in a new movie titled "Bokutachi Kyuukou ~A Ressha de Ikou~," directed by Yoshimitsu Morita ("Kazoku Game," "Shitsurakuen").
Morita, who has liked trains since he was a child, has apparently been brewing the script for decades. The story depicts the bond between two railroad enthusiasts who meet while riding the same train.
True to his passion, Morita plans for more than 80 varieties of trains to appear in the film, likely setting a record for a Japanese film. …
Meg Whitman is running for governor of California. Last night, her spokesperson tweeted what was intended as a standard-issue endorsement announcement. But when you leave off a letter from a bit.ly address, strange things happen. Like, really, horribly, hilariously strange.
What Sarah Pompei’s followers were treated to wasn’t the promised endorsement by the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of San Diego County. Instead, the truncated link takes you here:
via One Politician’s Incredibly Unfortunate Tweet.Read the full story »