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Koichi Domoto is the best in Johnny’s according to his seniors

11:00 JST July 23, 2012 2 comments

Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama told a popular TV show he thinks Koichi Domoto from KinKi Kids is the biggest perfectionist in Johnny’s, reports Techinsight Japan on July 21.


Higashiyama is currently 45-years-old, and is considered a perfectionist who has followed a strict training regime for the past 20 years.  During a talk on TV show “しゃべくり007 (Shabekuri 007)”, it has been reported Higashiyama said he has kept his body-fat percentage below 10 per cent all these years because he exercises daily.  This includes stretching and 1000 sit-ups every day.


Even so, when asked who he thought was the biggest perfectionist in Johnny’s, Higashiyama had said it would be Koichi, and that the KinKi Kids member was more dedicated to work than himself.


It has been reported Higashiyama said there was one time during the New Year’s Johnny’s concert when he went back to his dressing room thinking everything was alright, when Koichi came knocking at the door to ask him if the two could go through the songs one more time.  Higashiyama also said Koichi’s “SHOCK” stage show was perfect, and admired Koichi for being able to “keep it up for four months on that show, usually your weight drops four or five kilos from doing a show for that long.”


Another Johnny’s talent who had been on the same TV show, TOKIO’s Masahiro Matsuoka also said Koichi was the most professional talent in Johnny’s, and the best junior to him.


It has been reported Koichi has been playing the main role in the stage show “SHOCK” for the past 13 years.  It could be because he was given such an important role at the young age of 21 that he learned about responsibility more than others.

Higashiyama will be Matt Damon’s voice in Japanese version of “We Bought A Zoo”

11:06 JST April 6, 2012 1 comment

Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama’s first go at dubbing an actor’s voice for a live action film will begin with Hollywood actor Matt Damon, it was revealed on April 4, reports Daily Sports Online.


The movie “We Bought A Zoo” will be released in Japan on June 8.  It is a comedy about a family who buy a ruined zoo, and follows their efforts to bring the zoo back to life and open for the public.

“I hope audiences (in Japan) can watch this family adventure miracle, and let it remind them of that special person in their own lives,” Higashiyama said.


Higashiyama has been recognised as having a good voice, and has already narrated several documentaries in Japan and has done voice acting for Disney’s animated feature film “Brother Bear”.  It is, however, the first time the Johnny’s talent has done the voice of a character in a live action film.  It is also unusual for Johnny’s to let one of their talents become the voice of a Hollywood actor, but it has been reported they were impressed with the film’s story.


It has been reported recording had finished around late March.  Higashiyama’s concentration surprised production staff as the talent pushed his way through eight-hour recording sessions for two days without stopping.

“The voice is my own interpretation of Matt Damon’s acting,” Higashiyama said.

Noriyuki Higashiyama to star in “The King’s Speech” stage play

13:24 JST February 27, 2012 1 comment

Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama will play the lead in a stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning “The King’s Speech”, it was announced on February 24, reports Daily Sports Online.


“The King’s Speech” is a historical drama about King George VI and how he overcame his stuttering condition he developed as a child.  The 2010 film won actor Colin Firth his best actor oscar.  Now it is time for Higashiyama, who has been in a number of stage plays since his 1985 showbiz debut, to take on the challenge of stammering his lines.

“How did George the sixth, who was loved by his country’s people, become a British leader who overcame his disorder and adversity.  I hope I can learn something about becoming a leader, experience it, act it, and then push to step up a level as an actor,” he said.


The play’s director had said Higashiyama was an actor who represents responsibility, comes across as noble, and can fit into this character.


“The King’s Speech” will be performed on stage this August in Tokyo, and then in Osaka in mid-September.

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Ikuta and movie cast congratulate first-time father Higashiyama

14:52 JST November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

The cast of “源氏物語 千年の謎 (Genji-monogatari Sen-nen no Nazu, The Tale of Genji: A One-thousand-year mystery)” congratulated Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama, who became a father on November 4, during their movie’s event in Tokyo on November 7, reports Sports Hochi.

Higashiyama’s wife, actress Yoshino Kimura, gave birth to their baby daughter earlier this month.  It has been reported Higashiyama was by her side at the time.

“I felt feelings beyond anything I’ve ever felt, but for some reason, instead of crying I couldn’t stop laughing,” Higashiyama said.

At the movie event, Higashiyama and the cast lined up on stage as they waited for the arrival of their movie’s lead character, played by Johnny’s talent Toma Ikuta.  Ikuta appeared, from the ceiling, standing on a gondola that lowered him down onto stage.

“That was embarrassing,” Ikuta said before walking in front of Higashiyama to give him his personal congratulations.

“I want to take this opportunity to say congratulations!  Coupled with the our movie’s birthday, now I’m doubly happy,” he said.

Movie director Yasuo Tsuruhashi also sent his congratulations to Higashiyama on behalf of the production team.

Toma Ikuta is the Johnny’s talent who attracts women the most!?

14:40 JST November 8, 2011 4 comments

Actresses in Genjimonogatari: (from left) Sei Ashina, Mikako Tabe, Yoko Maki, and Miki Nakatani (photo thanks to The TV)

Johnny’s talents Toma Ikuta and Noriyuki Higashiyama talked about what it was like working with an A-list cast of actresses for their upcoming movie at an event in Tokyo on November 7, reports The TV.


The stars turned out for the premiere event of “源氏物語 千年の謎 (Genji-monogatari Sen-nen no Nazu, The Tale of Genji: A One-thousand-year mystery)“.  The mystery movie switches between two stories: the story about noblewoman Murasaki Shikibu who wrote “源氏物語 (A Tale of Genji)”, which would later go on to become a literature masterpiece, and the story she wrote about Hikaru Genji, the son of a Japanese emperor, played by Ikuta.


It has been reported the actresses in the movie had said Ikuta looked cool and beautiful at the same time while he was playing Hikaru Genji, a character described in the novel as the most handsome man in the world.  Ikuta in turn talked about one of the challenges he had to overcome during filming as he played the world’s most sought after man.

“I was so nervous when we were shooting the scene where my character makes love to his mother-in-law, played by (Yoko) Maki-san.  We finished filming around three in the morning, but part of me was still in character so one side of me was feeling really guilty for having done it, while the other side of me was still buzzing.  I knew there was no way I would be able to go to sleep straight away if I went back to my hotel so I hung out with some of the production staff for a while before going home.”


Higashiyama, who had also played Hikaru Genji in a different production a number of years ago, said Ikuta’s Hikaru Genji was worth checking out.

“He’s very dirty, but in a good way.  I think Toma is really good at getting women hooked onto him.  I think he’s the best in our agency at expressing it too.  No else but him could’ve done it!”


“源氏物語 千年の謎 (Genji-monogatari Sen-nen no Nazu, The Tale of Genji: A One-thousand-year mystery)” opens in Japan cinemas on December 10.

Higashiyama happy to become a father

11:35 JST June 8, 2011 2 comments

Noriyuki Higashiyama in "Ogawa no Hotori" (photo thanks to movie website)

Johnny’s senior talent Noriyuki Higashiyama appeared in front of the press yesterday in Tokyo for the first time since news broke out his wife is pregnant, reports Asahi Shimbun and Daily Sports Online.


Higashiyama was promoting his upcoming film, “小川の辺 (Ogawa no Hotori)” and said he felt the movie’s family theme had a stronger meaning to him following the 3/11 Tohoku earthquake.

“I realised how special those little things you take for granted are, and I want to treasure them more for now on,” he said.


It has been reported the talent said he visited disaster areas in Miyagi and Iwate prefecture following 3/11 and was moved at how optimistic and bright the disaster victims were.

“It was an eye-opener, and I found feelings inside of me I never knew I had,” he said,


Higashiyama married actress Yoshino Kimura last October, and now the actress is five months pregnant with their first baby.  Although the talent has not publicly commented about the pregnancy since it was first announced, he did smile as reporters asked him how he felt becoming a father.

“I’m very thankful,” he said.


“Ogawa no Hotori” opens in Japan cinemas on July 2.

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My apologies and kids and things

16:44 JST May 5, 2011 4 comments

Hey all,

So sorry for being lazy this week!

I’ve been traveling around on business and had my pocket wi-fi with me so thought I’d have time to update things as usual.

What I didn’t anticipate was that the internet connection would be really good in places and literally non-existent in others (pocket wi-fi!  You’re not fulfilling the purpose of what I bought you for…)

But by now I know a lot of news has traveled around the net, but just as a short summary:

  • Johnny’s senior Noriyuki Higashiyama (44) and his wife, actress Yoshino Kimura (35), are expecting their first baby, it was announced on May 2.  The two had gotten married in October 2010.  Shortly afterwards Higashiyama had said in a magazine interview he wanted to, “become a better person through becoming a father and watching my kids grow up”.  At the time when he was asked whether he had plans of becoming a father, the talent said, “well, I am getting older now”.
  • Tackey & Tsubasa’s Hideaki Takizawa had changed his stage show “滝沢歌舞伎 (Takizawa Kabuki)” story for six performances between May 3 and 5especially for the children in the audience.  As a special celebrating Children’s Day in Japan.  In front of an audience of 1200 fans on May 3, 300 of them being children, Takizawa had transformed into the soldier of love, TAKI-ranger.  After the show, the talent gave children presents.  The talent said, “I feel happy when I see children play with their parents.  I’d like kids of my own one day but I’m still a kid myself so…”.

Oops, time to catch my train now.

I’ll post again later!

Momo xoxo

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