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776: Streep talk
775: World of difference
774: Shocks and Bonds
773: Viva La Revolución
772: Jacqui Bayne
768: Beyond the universe
767: Yasuhito Endo
766: Aroon Mahtani
765: Dr. Hidemi Akai
764: Badr Hari
763: Mizuki Kubodera
761: Patrick W. Galbraith
760: Jean-Pierre Felix
759: Philippe Grau
758: Emi Kashiwara & Elekiteru
757: Aura Virginia Chirculescu
756: Aaron Davis
755: Happy days
754: Bryan Au
753: Martin van der Linden
752: Qinggelete
751: Chuck Johnson
750: Mike Applegate (aka Magic Mike)
749: Yukie Kito
748: Steve Kaufmann
746: Samira Zarghami
745: Raising the Bar
744: Pierre-Gilles Delorme
743: David F. Hoenigman
742: Miwa Gardner
741: Kevin Cooney
740: Kyle Cleveland
739: JJ
738: Bruce Stronach
737: Yoichiro Dennis Ide
736: Mike Garrett
735: Hiroki Suehara
734: Rise and Shrine
733: Patrik Washburn
732: Michael Bumgardner
731: Patricia Bader-Johnston
730: Darin Maki
729: Hiroshi Fujimaki
728: Misha Janette
727: Jon Mitchell
725: Hokuto Konishi
724: Rita Lamah Hankach
723: Kisui Nakazawa
722: Angela Jeffs
721: Simon Wood
720: Yasuko Yokoyama
715: Jason Kelly
714: Dominica Serigano
713: Erik Gain
712: Genevieve Maylam
711: Masahiro Gono
710: Eikou Sumura
709: Eikou Sumura
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707: Makiko Tsuji
706: Dominic Allen
705: Maria Heitanen
704: Beckie Cassidy
703: Jett Edwards
702: Yoshinobu Furuichi
701: Silvestre Jacobi
700: Jah-Light Sound System
699: Daniel Velazques
698: Lynne Charles
697: Eric Bragg
695: Susan Nichols
694: Anna Kunnecke
693: Kenneth Pechter
692: Kazu Wakui
691: Antonio Inoki
690: Hiroko Noguchi
689: Richard Bysouth
688: Eric Bjorndahl
687: Andrew Shuttleworth
686: Sayuri Suzuki
685: Yurie Hatanaka
684: Miogi Takii
683: Thierry Cohen
682: Ahmed M. Elmardi
681: Aya Kitagawa
680: Suzanne Ng and Yoriko Soma
679: Ricco DeBlank
677: Takenari Shibata
676: Kirk R. Patterson
675: Satoko Yahata
674: Flavia Nishimura
673: Ryo Shoji
672: Chip Eckton
671: Yuko Ito
670: Marja Kullberg
669: Laur Meyrieux
668: Slavomir Stanislaw Kowalewski
667: Ryan McGuire
664: Life force
663: Steve Marshall
662: Jeff Klein
661: Ahn Soon Han
660: Straight shooter
659: Marcello Pietrantonio
658: Glitterball 2006
657: Alison Roberts-Brown
656: Girl on the go
655: Rob Hoey
654: Kahori Ochi
653: Ed Wells
652: Haruka Orth
651: Laura Cook
650: Uleshka Asher
649: Full speed ahead
648: Katsumi Namekata
647: Top talent
646: No heels, no life
645: Joanna Roper
644: Lu Nagata
643: Kirill Konin
642: Gabriele Roberto
641: Carlos Gibbs
640: Blair Falahey
639: The Three Waiters
638: Simon Woodroffe
637: Tony Virili
636: Paul W. Creager
635: Randy Channell
634: Mari Takeuchi
633: Stephanie Schueller
632: Tara Tan Kitaoka
631: Katherine Mok
630: Bob Tobin and Hitoshi Ohashi
629: Tommy Kullberg
628: Toshio Nagashima
627: Eiko Kondo
626: Embrey Ramon Williams
625: Neil Day
624: Mong-Lan
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622: Elizabeth Heilman Brooke
621: Louis Carlet
620: Theo Panagiotoulias
619: Lionel Gougne
618: Sarajean Rossitto
617: Christian Hassing
616: Kiho Takashima
614-615: David Wagner
613: Heather Stuart
612: Erica Angyal
611: Jack McLean
610: Fumine Yakumo
609: Yasutoshi Hirabayashi
608: Yoko Hijikata
607: Jim Frederick
605: Yuka Murakami
604: Chayne Ellis
603: Marco Antonio Nakata
602: Kicking Back
601: Stand by your man
600: Hero worship
599: The Candy man
598: Heart strings
597: Sweet and sour
596: Subtitle subtleties
595: The right moves
594: Mother’s day
593: The clone ranger
592: A career kicks off
591: Woman of substance
590: Final conflict
589: World Ready for ‘War’
588: Fun in the sun
587: New life for an old hero
586: Fun and games
585: Knockout punch
584: Patrick’s day
583: Marcia marches on
582: Brunch break
581: Kingdom come
580: Gentle as a beast
579: Prime time
578: Devil of a time
577: In first Gere
576: Bright spark
575: Rei of sunshine
574: A star is reborn
573: In search of geisha
572: Marshall law
571: In the Nic of time
570: Holding a grudge
569: Bourne again
568: Soap opera
567: Alexander and friends
566: Oceans apart
565: A night at the opera
564: Just joshing
563: McPain in the neck
561-562: Hanks for everything
560: Reading between the Klines
559: Risqué business
558: Sky highs
557: Korean boom
556: Queen Victoria
555: Glitter Ball
554: Peter Miller
553: Ralph Frehner
552: Dimension K
551: Tokyo Game Show
550: US Embassy
549: I, Robot Premiere
548: Mauve
547: Xterra Japan
546: Earth Celebration
545: Idée R-bar
544: Laforet Museum
543: Hara Museum
542: Fuji Rock Festival’04
541: Bunkamura Museum of Art

star struck

Brunch break
Swedish-Japanese entertainer LiLiCo brings her madcap style to King’s Brunch and South Park
by Chris Betros

Chris Betros

Each Saturday around 11am on the TBS information
variety show King’s Brunch, a very energetic movie commentator is let loose on viewers. With her distinctive fashion, hairstyle and zany manner, LiLiCo has proven to be a real winner in the four years she has been doing the movie segment, getting heaps of letters from young women who want to be like her.

Born in Stockholm to a Swedish father and Japanese mother, LiLiCo had no desire to learn Japanese. Her interest started when she was a teenager. “My grandmother used to send me magazines and I got interested in Japanese idols,” she recalls. “So when I was 18, I decided to come here. I couldn’t speak a word of Japanese, except for ‘I’m hungry’ and ‘I don’t feel well.’ I auditioned for a job as a singer and landed a gig at a beer garden in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture.”

That was 17 years ago. Since then, LiLiCo has not only become fluent in Japanese, she has become a busy bee in the entertainment world. Besides King’s Brunch, she supplies the voice for Eric Cartman in the Japanese version of South Park, appears on cable TV, does a radio show, writes a monthly column for TV Taro, sings with her band Mix/fly at clubs and does occasional MC work (most recently at the Miss Universe Japan finals). “It can really get busy some days,” she says. “One Saturday, I did King’s Brunch in the morning, followed by a radio show at 1pm and an interview with a Korean actor at 3. Then I sang that night until 1:30am.”

The best part of King’s Brunch, she says, is interviewing movie stars when they come to Japan. Among the most memorable, she nominates Will Smith, Vin Diesel and Sam Raimi. While her fan mail comes mostly from women, guys tend to approach her on the street and chat about the movies she previews on King’s Brunch.

LiLiCo’s day usually starts around 9:30am with her Swedish coffee, which along with licorice, is one of the two products from her homeland she can’t do without. Then it’s off to movie screenings, sometimes three per day. “This job is endless and it is hard to get private time. I wish I could read more,” she says. Often, she won’t get home until around 10pm, which is when she likes to cook. Late-night jogs and 150 sit-ups keep her fit.

LiLiCo seldom takes time off, preferring the big city, although she can’t stand the sound of bicycle brakes. “That’s one thing I don’t like about Japan. Another is the way Japanese assume that all foreigners can speak English.” Her future dream is to open a teppanyaki restaurant in Sweden. “I’ll have to talk my husband into it. He’s a surfer and not keen on moving to a cold climate,” she says.

the scene

Nobara Hayakawa
COLOMBIAN artist celebrates new Aoyama show

Nobara; Peruvian photographer Alvaro; Venezuelan artist Andreina and Hector, a director of Artists Without Borders; art coordinator Valeria; artist Warren and writer Iiori Hamada; designer Ruu; designer Ricardo Mitre; and sculptor Catarina Mendes
Photos by Christine Engelberg




Cameron Mackay


If there’s one thing that Cameron Mackay knows, it’s sweets. The Four Seasons Hotel at Chinzanso’s executive pastry chef comes to Tokyo from Australia, Brunei, the United Arab Emirates and the Philippines. Chocolate desserts are his specialty.

Did you want to be a chef when you were younger?
I always wanted to be an electrical engineer, but I started working at the age of 12 part-time at the local bakery, just doing basic jobs before and after school. Then I went on to take an apprenticeship.

What were your favorite snacks as a kid?

Lamingtons and sausage rolls.

What is your goal at the Four Seasons Tokyo?
To be the leading hotel in Japan within 12 months for our products. Pastries are a very important part of the dining experience. Breakfast is the first thing you eat in the morning and dessert the last thing after a great meal. You have a bad breakfast and your day is not so nice; a bad dessert and a great meal can be spoiled.

What is the one essential kitchen utensil you can’t do without, no matter what country you are in?
My trusty steel scraper that I have had for 22 years. It goes with me everywhere.

What do your mother and wife think of your creations?
My mom loves anything and my wife is my strongest supporter. She is an artist, so she often helps me in my planning with desserts. She is great with colors and contrast.

How do you like to relax?
I love golf, but unfortunately it’s hard to do in Japan, so my nights and days are spent with my 6-month-old baby boy Brendan.

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