Archive for February, 2011

TOKIO’s Kokubun reaches marathon goal and might be close to reaching life goal

08:00 JST February 28, 2011 5 comments

Three months and 320 kilometres of running training later, TOKIO’s Taichi Kokubun (36) finished his 42.2 km Tokyo marathon run on February 27 and even revealed he might be close to achieving a marriage goal, reports Sponichi Annex, Sports Hochi, and Sankei Sports.

Earlier in the year, Kokubun had said he would shave his hair off if he was not able to finish the marathon.  The Johnny’s talent finished his run in 4 hours 30 minutes and 41 seconds, escaping hair loss, but a little under his personal four hour goal.

“I was really happy that so many people turned up to cheer me on.  If I get another chance to do this, I want to do it again,” he said.

It has been reported a fan watching the marathon from the sidewalk had made a banner saying, “I don’t want to see you as a skinhead”.

“I imagine I would’ve looked so sad trying to headbang (during concerts) without any hair,” Kokubun said.

It has been reported when the press approached Kokubun after passing the marathon goal whether he was close to reaching a marriage goal with his girlfriend, the pop star answered enthusiastically.

“Sounds good!  I’ll think about it,” he said.

TOKIO team mate Tatsuya Yamaguchi (39) made a surprise appearance during Kokubun’s run to cheer him on while Shonentai’s Noriyuki Higashiyama had left him an encouraging voicemail message on his phone the night before.

More than 36,000 runners took part in this year’s Tokyo Marathon.

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Tegomass Fan Q&A (translation)

01:02 JST February 26, 2011 4 comments


28/02/2011, No8-1578

Yuya Tegoshi

Q: “From all of the gothic lolita costumes that Ichiko wears in ‘デカワンコ (Dekawanko)’, which one would you like to try on?” (19-year-old girl, Saitama prefecture)

Tegoshi: Maid cafe costume.

Q: “While filming your drama, do you still find time to play soccer?” (15-year-old girl, Tokyo)

Tegoshi: I do.  On my day off, or when work finishes early, or before work starts late in the day.  Soccer is my ultimate way of relaxing.  Working on dramas has the worst effect on me mentally because you have to play someone who isn’t you.  So when I want to relax, soccer is a must!

Q: Harder than working on “イッテQ! (ItteQ!)”!?

Tegoshi: That’s all ad lib so it’s actually more fun.  There’s no script and anything goes.  I have fun even when the camera’s not rolling.

Q: “What do you admire the most about Masuda-kun?” (19-year-old girl, Saitama prefecture)

Tegoshi: He’s got quite a strong heart.  Like, even if he turns up wearing really weird glasses and Ryo-chan (Nishikido) says something like, ‘no, don’t’, he’ll still wear them on TV.  Even if nine out of 10 people tell him, ‘are you sure?’, if he’s happy with it, that’s enough for him.

Q: “When you finish your drama, will you pierce your ear again?” (21-year-old lady, Okinawa prefecture)

Tegoshi: Funny that, I actually got my ear pierced two days before hearing about this drama.  So I was like, ‘yes!’, and ‘what!?’, at the same time (laughs).  After that I had to ask, ‘what role is it?’.  Then when I heard it was a police investigator I just went, ‘but that means I can’t have an earring!’  I’ll get it pierced again after all this finishes!

Q: “If you were to co-ordinate your partner’s (Masuda) outfit, what would it be like?” (17-year-old girl, Okayama prefecture)

Tegoshi: A black and white outfit covered in skulls.  I think it’d be more fun if he wears something I would want to wear.

Q: “If you found yourself in your partner’s (Masuda) body, what would you do?” (19-year-old girl, Hyogo prefecture)

Tegoshi: Swim.  I’m fast at swimming, but Massu is beyond fast.

Q: “What are you favourite lyrics in ‘青いベンチ (Aoi Bench)’?” (16-year-old girl, Kanagawa prefecture)

Tegoshi: ‘この声が枯れるぐらいに 君に好きと言えばよかった / Kono koe ga kareru guraini Kimi ni suki to ieba yokatta / I should’ve told you how much I loved you, Enough times until I lost my voice’.  ‘どこにいても何をしてても / Dokoni itemo nani wo shitetemo / Wherever you were, whatever you were doing’ is just, this person is already like a ‘wife’.  I tend to put my friends first rather than women.  Anything more then I’d be treating her like a wife.

Takahisa Masuda

Q: “What fashion style do you want girls to follow this winter?” (17-year-old girl, Chiba prefecture)

Masuda: Layered outfits.  The other day I saw someone wearing a black outfit with blue leggings and I thought that was so cool.

Q: “What would you be if you landed a role in ‘デカワンコ (Dekawanko)’?” (22-year-old lady, Fukushima prefecture)

Masuda: A dog with a bad sense of smell (laughs).  I could be Ichiko’s rival!

Q: “Does watching Tegoshi dress up as a woman so many times tempt you into doing it too?” (18-year-old girl, Tokyo)

Masuda: No, not at all!

Q: “What 鍋 (nabe, Japanese steamboat) do you like best?” (18-year-old girl, Tokyo)

Masuda: ちゃんこ(Chanko).  The one I had at Ryogoku was absolutely fantastic!

Q: “When you sing in harmony, is there anything you pay particular attention to?” (21-year-old lady, Saitama prefecture)

Masuda: Intensity!

Q: “Last year you did a lot of things like climb mountains and travel overseas, but what do you want to achieve this year?” (20-year-old lady, Shimane prefecture)

Masuda: Reading!  I buy magazines regularly, but I’d never gotten into the habit of reading books or manga before.  Sometimes I’ll buy a book because I think the cover looks cute, but I never read it.  Now I’ve got a mountain of unread books so I think it’s time to start reading them.  A lot of them are non-fiction books.  I hope I can read at least one book every month.

Q: “What do you admire the most about Tegoshi?” (19-year-old girl, Saitama prefecture)  Tegoshi had said he admired your strong heart.

Masuda: You know, one time during a foot massage the person told me I was weak-hearted (laughs).  Tegoshi never gives up.

Q: “If you were to co-ordinate your partner’s (Tegoshi) outfit, what would it be like?” (17-year-old girl, Okayama prefecture)

Masuda: I’d get him to wear a yellow, skin-tight body suit.  Then I’d write the words, ‘banana’, on his back (laughs).

Q: “If the two of you were to have your own TV show, what would you do?” (25-year-old lady, Tokyo)

Masuda: Be in a show where we play sports, and then we go on stage and sing while we’re still in our training gear (laughs).

Q: “What are you favourite lyrics in ‘青いベンチ (Aoi Bench)’?” (16-year-old girl, Kanagawa prefecture)

Masuda: The opening lines, ‘君は来るだろうか 明日のクラス会に / Kimi wa kurudarouka Ashita no kurasu-kai ni / Will you come to tomorrow’s class reunion’.  Because the whole story opens up from this line.  I keep that in my mind every time we sing it.

SP movie might get Hollywood makeover

02:03 JST February 25, 2011 1 comment

Hollywood film companies are in talks with Fuji TV to see if a remake of Junichi Okada’s “SP movie” would be possible, it was revealed at the movie’s preview event in Tokyo on February 24, reports Mainichi Shimbun Digital and Ticket Pia news.


The V6 pop star and the cast of “SP THE MOTION PICTURE 革命篇 (Kakumei volume, Revolution volume)” had appeared at the event, where more than 4000 fans had gathered to hear the latest news.

“I thought it was amazing.  What’s going to happen.  Are they going to replace ‘SP’ with ‘Secret Service’ or something.  I’m really curious to know who would play what characters,” Okada said.


It has been reported the 30-year-old pop star said if a deal is sealed, he hopes Hollywood film makers would choose SP’s original Japanese script writer and director to head the project.


But putting the news aside, Okada had said he was too excited about the Japanese film’s release next month.

“We worked really hard to finish SP’s Revolution movie.  All of us had to overcome our own challenges.  I was so nervous yesterday that I couldn’t get to sleep.  I wonder what I’ll be like on the day,” he said.


The upcoming SP movie will mark an end to the story’s drama series and its first movie which opened in cinemas last October.

“Thank you so much for staying with us to the end.

“Now finally, everything will become clear,” Okada told yesterday’s crowd.


SP THE MOTION PICTURE 革命篇 (Kakumei volume, Revolution volume)” opens in theatres in Japan on March 12.

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My return post

12:48 JST February 24, 2011 10 comments


It’s good to be home…

Although I need to dash off soon, I just realised I’ve posted a lot (and made a lot of mistakes, oops…) and haven’t said anything since I came back to Tokyo!

Hello hello~~~ 😀

Hope everyone’s chilling, even for a few minutes because I know a lot of people have school and work.


Business trip was fun, stressful, but overall a success I think (*^-^*)


The first thing I did was buy a ton of magazines from my local bookstore after getting home.

I had to.  Tegomass was everywhere.


Then I called up the Johnny’s ticket office yesterday and the wonderful-yet-always-peculiar-machine-voice let me know that I got my Yamapi concert tickets for his May show in Tokyo 😀

Yay!!!  Now I have to think of what I’m going to wear…

A friend of mine is daring me to go as Jo.

This sounds like it might be a lot of fun.

I just need to find a muscle suit, blue shorts, a wig, and some boxing gloves.  Hehehe.


Alright, well, I have a few more translations I want to do over the next week or two.

I still haven’t done a Tegomass translation, and with NYC’s single coming out, there should be some more press coverage of them too so I want to check that out.


Right, better run!  Thanks for coming by!


Momo xoxo

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Ex-Johnny’s Jr Taiyo Ayukawa to star in stage show

11:55 JST February 24, 2011 2 comments

Former Johnny’s Jr Taiyo Ayukawa (20) will star in a new stage show this May.

Things had been quiet since his other Ya-Ya-Yah members Kota Yabu (21) and Hikaru Yaotome (20) had joined Hey! Say! JUMP, but now the former Johnny’s Jr talent has been named in the cast of “Tumbling vol.2”, which is a stage show based on the popular TV drama series from 2010.

Ayukawa had made his return to the Japanese entertainment industry this year after he was credited as a newcomer actor in actress Yukie Nakama’s special 2011 New Year’s show “仲間由紀恵の蒼い地球5 (Nakama Yukie no Aoi Chikyu 5, Yukie Nakama’s Blue Earth 5)”.

“Tumbling vol.2” will have shows in Tokyo’s Akasaka ACT Theater from May 18 – 22.  Tickets cost 7800 yen and will go on sale from March 12.

Kanjani8’s Okura and Johnny’s Jr’s Nakajima to play brothers in upcoming TV drama

11:36 JST February 24, 2011 2 comments

Kanjani8’s Tadayoshi Okura (25), Kento Nakajima (16) from Johnny’s Jr, and actress Maki Horikita (22) will be siblings in an upcoming spring TV drama, it was announced on February 22, reports Chunichi Sports and Mainichi Shimbun Digital.


The TBS drama “生まれる。(Umareru, Born)” will focus on four brothers and sisters who find out their 51-year-old mother is pregnant, and their struggles to accept their mother is having the baby.  As a human drama, the story will explore the value of life, and the bonds between people.


“I do think about what it means to be alive, and what life is about, but I feel like it’s a complicated thing that you can’t find the answer for.

“I’ve only lived for 25 years but I hope I can portray something about what it means to be alive and learn from taking on this role,” Okura said.


Horikita will play the eldest sibling, while Okura and Nakajima will play Horikita’s little brothers.


The drama will start from April 2011.

Kwon Sang-woo to star in Kusanagi’s TV drama

09:03 JST February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

SMAP’s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (36) TV drama “冬のサクラ (Fuyu no Sakura)” will have a special guest appearance by Kwon Sang-woo (34), it was revealed at an event in Tokyo on February 23, reports Sponichi Annex and Sankei Sports.


It has been reported Kusanagi was having a meet and greet with about 400 fans yesterday when Kwon made his surprise appearance.


“By watching this drama, I can tell why people care about Kusanagi-san.

“This is my first time acting in Japanese so I’m very nervous,” Kwon said.


Kusanagi said he was excited about his new co-star.

“It’s a huge honour, and I’m very happy,” Kusanagi said.


Although Kwon will start shooting soon, details about his character and which episode he will be in are being kept a secret.

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