Kitagawa Keiko & Nishikido Ryo together in “Dakishimetai”

Kitagawa Keiko and Nishikido Ryo will be working together for the first time in the new movie “Dakishimetai” which is based on a true story set in Hokkaido’s Abashiri City.

The movie will be out next year. Kitagawa plays the role of Yamamoto Tsukasa who suffers serious injuries during a traffic accident in senior high school. She’s left paralysed on the left side of her body and has difficulty remembering things.

Nishikido plays a taxi driver Koyanagi Masami who falls for Tsukasa and subsequently marries her after overcoming many difficulties. However, Tsukasa’s death after she gives birth to their child marks a tragic end to their love story.

Crying, yet?

The story of Tsukasa was first featured in the TBS documentary “Kioku Shougai no Hanayome Saiki no Hohoemi” aired in July of 2011. It showed how the real Hagida Tsukasa battled her physical problems and gave birth.

In preparation for the role, Kitagawa has learned how to operate a wheelchair–with her right hand only. She’s also learned how to shoot in below freezing weather.

Filming will begin this month for two weeks at Abashiri.

Nishikido hopes that he can work well with Kitagawa, who’s also from the Kansai region, and they can deliver a truly great love story.

For “Banisuta”, T-ara split into 3 sub units

For “Banisuta”, T-ara split into three sub units. So what is “Banisuta”? It’s the latest single from the group and will be released on March 20th.

The single will be the group’s 6th Japanese single and features 10 different versions of the song.

Seven regular editions of the single will be released as well as a unique solo single from one of the group’s members.

The songs are as follows:

Ai no Shi – Soyeon
Two As On – Eunjung
Maybe Maybe – Boram
For You – Jiyeon
Do We Do We – Qri
Love Suggestion – Hyomin
Happy Rain – Areum

Three limited edition versions of the single will also be released, each containing the single’s title track, as well as one of the following songs from the 3 sub units formed for the single:

Signs – Soyeon & Areum
Shabon Dama no Yukue – Boram & Qri
Dangerou Love – Eunjung, Jiyeon & Hyomin

Tegomass Releasing New Single “Sayonara ni Sayonara”

Japanese duo Tegomass announced that they will be releasing a new single, "Sayonara ni Sayonara", on March 6th.

The new single will come in a regular edition and a limited edition. The limited edition version will come with a bonus DVD and an 8-page booklet. The regular edition will come with 2 extra tracks not included in the limited edition, as well as its own 6-page booklet.

The new single’s title track was produced by Kiyoshi Matsuo and will be a mid-tempo, happy ballad.

Tegomass is a duo under Johnny’s Enertainment consisting of NEWS members Tegoshi Yuya and Masuda Takahisa. The new single will be their 6th single and first release in 2 years – "Aoi Bench", their last single, was released on February 16th, 2011.

Check out the track list to the new single below:

Regular Edition CD

1. Sayonara ni Sayonara

2. Hitori Jyanai

3. Komorebi Memories

4. Sayonara ni Sayonara (Original karaoke with just Tegoshi Yuya’s voice)

5. Sayonara ni Sayonara (Original karaoke with just Masuda Takahisa’s voice)

Limited Edition CD

1. Sayonara ni Sayonara

2. Sayonara ni Sayonara (Original karaoke)


1. Sayonara ni Sayonara MV

2. Sayonara ni Sayonara Making Of

Ayumi Hamasaki releases “Melody” PV

"Melody" was released on Ayu’s mini album "LOVE" on November 8th and the song was originally supposed to be released with a music video, but was cancelled before making its way to viewers.

Now Ayumi Hamasaki has revealed a short version PV preview for the song, which is the only new music video off of the singer’s upcoming album "LOVE again".

The music video is like a kaleidoscope, using multiple mirrors to create awesome kaleidoscopic effects. This also has a deeper meaning and mirrors the singer reflecting about her love life.

"LOVE again" is the 4th release of 5 monthly releases leading up to Hamasaki’s 15th anniversary. The album is her 14th full-length album.

“Surely Someday” New Song by Miho Fukuhara for Nintendo 3DS Game

Miho Fukuhara has a new song, “Surely Someday”, done for an upcoming Nintendo 3DS game. “Surely Someday” is written by Miho Fukuhara and composed by Tomohito Nishiura.

The new game is “Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies” and will be released February 28th. It is the 6th entry in the puzzle game series “Profesor Layton”. The game follows Professor Layton around the world as he investigates a “living mummy” and the mystery behind the Azran civilization.

Perfume new single releasing February 27th, “Mirai no Museum”

Perfume have revealed the jacket covers for their upcoming single, “Mirai no Museum”, which will be released on February 27th.

This song was written for the movie, ‘Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum’, that’s scheduled to open in theaters on March 9th. The regular edition jacket is a pop design featuring the girls dressed as detectives.

Meanwhile, the limited edition jacket is an illustration done by the animators of ‘Doraemon’. It shows the members wearing the same outfit and striking the same pose as the regular edition jacket cover.

Check them out here!



2NE1 Doing Song For Maybelline New York

2NE1 and Maybelline New York are doing an upcoming Japanese commercial.

Group member Park Bom announced at a PR event that a new 2NE1 song would be used for the companies’s commercials.

“The song expresses the feelings of a woman and perfectly fits Maybelline’s image. I can’t sing it for you yet, but please look forward to it,” she told reporters.

BABYMETAL!!!! Heavy Metal Idol Group!

Metal idol group BABYMETAL has revealed their single, “Ijime, Dame, Zettai“.

BABYMETAL is making their debut with this single, which has been popular since the girls started performing it back in 2010.

Ooh So Cute!

Ooh So Cute! is a new site that focuses on everything cute! It’s a one stop shop for everything kawaii and cuddly. The site has an adorable layout and offers an array of everything you may need to make your life a little cuter. Fashion and cute come together on this site like never before. Cute or kawaii characters like Hello Kitty, Miss Bunny, Duffy and Tinker Bell to name a few can be found in every shape and form you can imagine. You can get everything from cute accessories to adorable car floor mats. Kawaii, ne? They even offer things for men and boys as well, cause you know they can use a little cute, too. It seems as long as it’s cute, it’s on Ooh So Cute!

The site hopes to be a place where anyone can find something they like and not have to worry about spending time mulling through other sites weeding out the cute. It also hopes to be a place where families can shop together online. So there won’t be anything unwholesome on the site.

The site has many offerings and will be adding more and more each day. If you know of something cute you should let them know. If you sign in you can rate an item with an +1 Ooh! Heart, share your comments on every item, and get updates via either twitter or RSS. The top rated items are listed so you can participate and help Ooh So Cute! make the world a cuter place!

Now, isn’t that cute!