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Ex-Johnny’s Jr. Yuta Higuchi makes comeback

10:47 JST April 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Ex-Johnny's Jr. Yuta Higuchi's new blog

A new agency, new blog, new twitter account, and new TV show, Yuta Higuchi has come back into showbiz, reports Cyzowoman.

The ex-Johnny’s Jr. member and son of Johnny’s senior talent Katsuhide Uekusa will have a regular spot in NHK’s Eテレ (NHK Educational TV) “俳句さく咲く! (Haiku saku saku!)” where he is one of a few boys to read out haiku poems.

It has been reported Higuchi started off as a member of Johnny’s Jr., he got a role in popular drama series “3年B組金八先生 (3-nen B-gumi Kinpachi Sensei)”, and had appeared in many music shows and concerts.  Then, in 2009 he disappeared.

“There had been talk it was because of family or because of school, but finally when news came out his parents had divorced, it make sense.  By spring [of 2010], he himself had told Johnny’s he wanted to quit,” said one source.

But it seems like showbiz still had a grip on the teenager.  Using his mother’s maiden name “Higuchi”, Yuta tried out for the 24th JUNON SUPERBOY CONTEST, and came out with the “Most Photogenic Prize”.

Now, Higuchi is signed to Itoh Company agency.  On April 20 he had started his official blog “HIGUCHI YUTAってYUTAやん。”  On it, the talent talks about his hobbies and even uploads photos of his clothes.  He is also on twitter: @higuchi24yuta

As a second generation idol, it looks like Higuchi has taken a brave new step in his life.  No doubt his dad is supporting him through it too.

Yamapi’s DVD sales soaring

10:13 JST April 27, 2012 4 comments

Tomohisa Yamashita’s road trip through America is doing great on the charts, and it has even prompted a new event involving Yamapi himself, reports Sports Hochi.

It has been reported DVD charts these days indicate sales of more than 10,000 copies is a big hit.  Yamashita’s “山下智久・ルート66〜たった一人のアメリカ〜 (Tomohisa Yamashita Route 66 ~Tatta Hitori no America~)” DVD has sold more than 21,000 copies since it was released on April 11.

The documentary was broadcast by Nihon TV between January and March this year, and follows Yamashita as he went driving down Route 66.

“I found a lot of things on this journey.  I met a lot of people and I learnt a lot of things.  My perspective of life changed significantly,” Yamashita said.

It has been reported the positive sales have prompted a new event for fans.  On May 19, 380 fans chosen through a lottery will get to go to a special screening of the documentary where Yamashita himself will take part and share some behind-the-scenes stories.  Fans will even get a chance to meet Yamashita because he will be stamping a special Route 66 event notebook for them in person.

“I’m so happy that I get a chance like this to hold an event long after I finished the journey.  I hope I can use the event as an opportunity to make people really understand what it was like,” he said.

You can go to the documentary’s website to enter the lottery.  Entries close on May 13 23:59 Japan time, and winners will have an invitation sent to them through the mail around May 14.  Only those who get invited will get details into where the event will be held.

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