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Yamapi’s co-star to go on display in Tokyo

10:48 JST March 21, 2012 2 comments

The pick-up truck Tomohisa Yamashita drove across America’s Route 66 will go on display for one day only in Tokyo, reports News24.

 

山下智久・ルート66〜たった1人のアメリカ (Tomohisa Yamashita Route 66 – Tatta Hitori no America, My journey across America alone)” was a special TV series made by Nihon TV starring Yamashita and a 1985 Chevrolet C20 as they made their way along Route 66.  To celebrate it’s DVD/Blu-ray box set release, Yamashita’s Chevrolet will be displayed in an event in Tokyo’s Spiral Garden, near Omotesando and Harajuku, on April 15.

 

Admission is free, so if any fans are in the area, it may be worth checking out.

 

What: DVD release event for “山下智久・ルート66〜たった1人のアメリカ (Tomohisa Yamashita Route 66 – Tatta Hitori no America, My journey across America alone)”

When: April 15, 11am – 8pm (final admission 7pm)

Where: 1st floor of Sprial, Spiral Garden, 5-6-23 Minami-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Admission: Free

Johnny’s at University

15:58 JST January 23, 2012 7 comments

It’s exam season in Japan!   Ganbare!! 頑張って、受験生たち!!!

Sometimes there are stories about a Johnny’s talent getting into university or graduating, but I thought it would be cool to give some info about some universities.

Because, some of these universities are very hard to get into, and some of them are nice to visit.

Sorry if I’ve missed anyone, and let me know if any facts are wrong (history is not my forte, I love stories but I’m terrible with dates)

Waseda University 早稲田大学

  • Johnny’s talents attending through correspondance: Yuichi Nakamaru (KAT-TUN), Yuya Tegoshi (NEWS, Tegomass), Kota Yabu (Hey! Say! JUMP, well…he will be soon)
  • Waseda University is a private university in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
  • It was founded in 1882 by samurai scholar and former prime minister Shigenobu Okuma, and was named Waseda University in 1902.
  • The university belongs to the Tokyo Big Six League – a baseball league made up of six prominent Tokyo universities (Hosei University, Keio University, Waseda University, Tokyo University, Rikkyo University, and Meiji University).  It also has a strong rugby and baseball team (Keio and Meiji are considered their biggest rivals)
  • Seven of Japan’s prime ministers following WWII are Waseda graduates.  Many of Japan’s corporate leaders are also Waseda graduates.
  • It has the highest number of international students in Japan.
  • Last year, more than 110,000 students applied for the university.  About 5600 were accepted.
  • To go to the university website, click here.  To go to the university’s wikipedia page, click here.

Meiji University 明治大学

  • Johnny’s talent graduates: Tomohisa Yamashita, Keiichiro Koyama (NEWS)
  • Johnny’s talents attending: Kei Inoo (Hey! Say! JUMP)
  • Meiji University is a private university in Tokyo and Kawasaki.
  • It was founded by three lawyers in 1881, and established as a university in 1920.
  • The university belongs to the Tokyo Big Six League – a baseball league made up of six prominent Tokyo universities (Hosei University, Keio University, Waseda University, Tokyo University, Rikkyo University, and Meiji University)
  • Last year, more than 110,000 students applied for the university.  About 4500 were accepted.
  • To go to the university website, click here.  To go the university’s wikipedia page, click here.

Keio University 慶應義塾大学

  • Johnny’s talent graduates: Sho Sakurai (Arashi)
  • Keio University is a private university in Minato, Tokyo.  It is the oldest-known higher education institution in Japan.
  • It was founded in 1858 by author and political theorist Yukichi Fukuzawa (he’s the guy on the 10,000 yen bill).
  • The university belongs to the Tokyo Big Six League – a baseball league made up of six prominent Tokyo universities (Hosei University, Keio University, Waseda University, Tokyo University, Rikkyo University, and Meiji University).  The university’s sports games against Waseda are famously called the “Sou-Kei-sen (Waseda-Keio match)”, or “Kei-Sou-sen (Keio-Waseda match)” depending on which side you’re supporting.
  • Two post-WWII prime ministers are Keio graduates, as well as many corporate leaders.
  • Last year, more than 48,000 students applied for the university.  About 4000 were accepted.
  • To go to the university website, click here.  To go to the university’s wikipedia page, click here.

Aoyama Gakuin University 青山学院大学

  • Johnny’s talent graduates: Shigeaki Kato (NEWS)
  • Aoyama Gakuin University is a Japanese Christian university in Shibuya, Tokyo.
  • It was founded in 1874 by American missionaries, and later on, John Franklin Goucher helped establish it as a university.  Canadian Methodist missionary Davidson MacDonald helped establish Aoyama Gakuin, and by 1949, the institution was established as a comprehensive university.
  • Literature is the oldest department at the university.
  • Last year, more than 50,000 students applied for the university.  About 2500 were accepted.
  • To go to the university website, click here.  To go to the university’s wikipedia page, click here.
Categories: Momo yabbering, Report, Travel

Travel: Christmas illuminations light up by Toma Ikuta

13:11 JST November 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Actress Miki Nakatani at yesterday's event (photo thanks to The TV)

Johnny’s actor Toma Ikuta and actress Miki Nakatani light up this year’s Christmas illuminations in Tokyo Midtown on November 15, reports The TV.

 

The two are co-stars in the upcoming film “源氏物語 千年の謎 (Genji-monogatari Sen-nen no Nazo)”, and last night opened up a Japanese fan acting as a switch to light up more than 570,000 LED lights, which make up the Starlight Garden, the six metre tall Christmas tree, and a giant Santa Claus boot ornament.

 

It has been reported this was the first time Ikuta had visited Tokyo Midtown’s Christmas illuminations, and the Johnny’s talent had looked excited to be there.

“Everything around just became so pretty, for a split moment I thought about asking Nakatani-san out (laughs),” Ikuta said before his co-star answered with, “you’re asking the wrong girl”.

 

Ikuta finished by saying what he thought the highlight of the illuminations are.

“I think these Christmas illuminations have been made to make each and every visitor feel special, and maybe even help them say that special something to the person they’re in love with,” he said.

 

What: MIDTOWN CHRISTMAS 2011 is the annual Christmas illuminations (include the blue starlight garden, 6m high Christmas tree, giant Santa Claus boot ornament)

Where: Tokyo Midtown.  For link to their English website, click here.  Otherwise get off at Roppongi Station on the subway (or Nogizaka station or Roppongi Icchome station, followed by a short walk) and it’s right there.

When: November 15 – December 25, 17:00 – 23:00

Illuminations at Midtown (photo thanks to Midtown website)

Categories: Toma Ikuta, Travel Tags: , ,
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