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Starting to blog again

09:51 JST May 19, 2012 14 comments

This is a message for everyone who has kept coming to my blog and wondering why I haven’t been updating it.

 

Firstly, I’m so sorry!!!

 

Secondly, I haven’t been able to blog for one reason.  Well, there are other reasons too, but this one sticks out as the biggest.

I injured my back a few months ago and it’s never healed.  If anything, now the pain is just as bad as it was in the beginning.  It’s kept me from doing anything really – I can’t sit still for very long without feeling sharp pains and I can’t go out on trips with my friends for long because it kills my back.  This month I got fed up with doctors just giving me painkillers and telling me to get some rest (“let’s see if things change in the next week,” each one has told me).  I started physiotherapist hunting and have finally found one who is teaching me how to help train myself back to health.

 

I haven’t been able to blog because for the short time that I can sit at a computer, I’ve had to do my job.  Two major project deadlines coming up soon isn’t great, but I think I’ve got it.

 

I’ll try and blog when I can after my deadlines pass (which will be in the next two weeks), and hopefully you’ll see a lot more of me as I get back to health!

 

On the upside, I’ve been snapping photos so want to update the travel section of my blog.

 

Thanks and have a nice day :)

 

Momo xo

 

My boyfriend took me to the zoo in Mitaka the other weekend. It has the most awesome squirrel enclosure that you can walk into!

Categories: Momo yabbering

Kazuya Kamenashi voted Best Actor

10:34 JST May 1, 2012 4 comments

KAT-TUN’s Kazuya Kamenashi has been voted Best Actor in a leading role for “妖怪人間ベム (Yokai Ningen Bem)” in the 15th Nikkan Sports Drama Grand Prix, reports Nikkan Sports.

The Drama Grand Prix had opened voting to Nikkan Sports readers at the end of March, asking them to pick their best choice of actors in dramas aired between April 2011 to March 2012.  It has been reported people had liked the way Kamenashi put a lot of effort into making the drama, throwing out his popstar image to play his role.

The drama series was a live action adaptation of the Yokai Bem anime series from the 1960s, and there were a lot of negative comments from fans of the original series about whether a Johnny’s pop star could become a sad monster wanting to become human but unable to.

“Those ‘it’ll be impossible’ comments actually motivated me,” Kamenashi said.

It has been reported Kamenashi and the drama’s producers had decided there was no use making their lead actor look like Bem, they had to create him.  The Johnny’s talent shaved his legs and arm pits in order to make his transformed self both monstrous and delicate.  Kamenashi also studied his pet dog’s angry face and tried to imitate it when transforming into his character to give the character a more wolf-like expression.  He even made sure he put enough effort into shots showing just a part of his body.

“Even if it was a bit of my arm, I tried to use my entire body to act it,” he said.

Kamenashi also said it was because of the support of his co-stars he was able to get through the series.  During breaks he would be practicing lines with actress Anne (who played Bera) and child actor Fuku Suzuki (who played Bero), or play games with Suzuki and exchange opinions about make up products with Anne.

“Filming was a huge challenge, but we got through it because we helped one another.  We’d carry around our scripts and debate about it, it was such an analog system.”

It has been reported a lot of Kamenashi’s votes came from people in the 20s to 50s.  The drama series itself recorded high ratings in north-east Japan areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

“I think I was very lucky to be a part of a project that focussed on human relationships, and things that make us happy that we take for granted.  On top of that I get an award, I’m so happy.  I hope it’s a sign that I was able to hint at those things through the angle we took.”

Categories: KAT-TUN
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