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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
708: Malcolm Thompson
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
623: Tor Hideki Kashio
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

Marcia marches on
Having made it as a singer, Marcia’s next challenge is the theater
By Chris Betros

Chris Betros

When people ask Marcia what nationality she is, the 36-year-old Brazilian-born singer and stage actress says simply that she is a “citizen of the world.” Born in São Paulo, Marcia first came to Japan in 1986 after winning a singing contest in Brazil. She spoke no Japanese, but she did have an adventurous spirit and 17 years later, Marcia (who now has Japanese citizenship) is making her mark on TV and in the theater. “There are chances every day in our lives, and I want to try as many different things as I can,” says Marcia, relaxing in her dressing room after finishing a segment of Fuji TV’s morning talk show Kotaetecho-dai, on which she appears every Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:55-11:25am. On the show, panelists discuss issues and dispense advice to viewers who have sent in requests.

Having successfully made it as a singer, Marcia says she is enjoying her newest challenge in the theater. She has done Jekyll and Hyde and is currently finishing a season in Les Miserables. Next month, on June 23-24 at Tokyo’s Sogetsu Hall, she and comedian Sayaka Aoki will stage their two-woman comedy and dance show, The World Exists for Us. “It’s my first attempt at comedy, and since I’m not really a comedian I’m a bit anxious,” she admits. Marcia says the theater appeals to her the most because it is live. “No two performances are the same. When I go out on stage, I don’t think of myself as just playing a role, but rather I try to give actual life to the character,” she explains. “The challenge is to stay mentally sharp night after night. I find the best way is to leave my work at the theatre when it is done and think about something else.”

When she is not keeping to a busy work schedule, Marcia devotes as much time as she can to her 7-year-old daughter. Her day begins at 6:30am so the two can have breakfast together. “My daughter is my best partner. Even though she is still young, she understands me very well. I just wish I could be with her more. It’s hard, sometimes, in the evenings when I am working.” Despite the nonstop schedule, Marcia looks pretty good, which she attributes to eating and sleeping well. She has very little free time, but when she does, you’ll find her at the theater or doing yoga. Fluent in Japanese, Marcia speaks a little English, perhaps more than she lets on. “That’s one of my next goals, to get better at English,” she says. “Actually, I think I have only accomplished 50 percent of the things I’d like to achieve in my lifetime.”

the scene

Design Festa Vol. 21
Biannual creativity extravaganza staged in Odaiba

About 6,000 artists, designers and musicians showed off their talents at Tokyo Big Sight. The next event, Vol. 22, takes place Nov 26-27. www.designfesta.com
photos by Jon Siegel




Joseph Mackey
Everything happens by D-Zign

Former US Marine Joseph Mackey, from Queens in New York City, is making advances in another battleground—the Japanese market for information technology—with his own company, D-Zigntec (www.d-zigntec.net).

How long were you in the Marines?
From 1980-1994. I saw combat in Panama and Desert Storm. My last posting was Okinawa.

What did you do after getting out?
I worked for several years for different companies, usually as IT director or help desk manager. I started D-Zigntec in 2003 with a US military contract.

What services do you offer?
We provide staffing for infrastructure application services, deployment, IT consulting, software application development, systems integration and application management.

What frustrates you about doing business in Japan?
I don’t like it when I have already been summed up without having had a chance to speak. They think I am either a basketball player, military or a jazz musician.

How do you like to relax?
Golf and PlayStation. Or I might hang out at Café Anniversaire because of the view. You’ll catch me there on Saturdays and Sundays. At night for clubbing, I like Lounge O at the Orbient and Heartland in Roppongi Hills.

What’s the craziest thing you have seen in Japan?
A salaryman on the platform at Shinjuku station dressed in a fluorescent one-piece green women’s swimsuit with regular shoes and socks. I thought it might be a TV show, but there were no cameras. CB

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