TARO FUJIMOTO/JAPAN TODAY
In Japanese show business, celebrities are expected to do the public-apology thing if a family member is involved in a scandal. The most recent case involves 55-year-old actor and renowned playboy Junichi Ishida (Fushin no Toki), who, at a recent movie screening, had to discuss his son’s conduct. Weekly magazines had reported that Issei Ishida, 34, who has lived with actress Chiharu Kawai (Love My Life) for the past two years, has also been seeing a female friend he has known since childhood. The “friend” had an abortion last year and has attempted suicide three times, according to the tabloids. Kawai, 35, promptly moved out of the apartment. “Issei is truly sorry, and I think he deeply regrets his behavior,” the elder Ishida told reporters. “Now would be a good time for him to rethink everything.” CB
||Speaking of Ishida, he was one of six celebrity recipients at the 2008 Blog of the Year Awards, the others being models Yu Yamada and Suzanne, singer Yusuke Kamiji, comedian Harumi Edo and singer Daigo… Watanabe Entertainment will hold a memorial service for former AV star and TV personality Ai Iijima, who died of pneumonia on December 24, at the Tokyo Prince Hotel on March 1 with proceeds going to the Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention … TV personality Eiko Koike, 28, is promoting the cotton industry in collaboration with America’s Cotton Council International and cotton towel makers in Osaka. CB
The latest innovations
Origin: abbreviation of “connections”
Meaning: friends, contacts
Example: 海外に全然コネがない; Kaigai ni zenzen kone ga nai; I have no connections overseas
Origin: abbreviation of “kaningu pe-paa” (cunning paper)
Meaning: a cheat sheet
Example: テストにカンペを持ち込んだ; Tesuto ni kanpe wo mochikonda; I snuck a cheat sheet into the test
Origin: “Eco cap”
Meaning: Plastic bottle cap (mostly used in reference to eko-kyappu undou, a charity drive in which cash is offered for used caps to benefit third world healthcare)
Example: エコキャップを集めると環境にも人にもやさしい; Eko-kyappu wo atsumeru to kankyo nimo hito nimo yasashii; Collecting eco caps is kind to the environment and to people
Origin: abbreviation of “delivery health”
Meaning: call girl (services)
Example: デリヘルを呼ぶためには、ホテルを押さえなければならない; Deriheru wo yobutameniwa, hoteru wo osaenakerebanaranai; To hire a call girl, you must first book a hotel room
It’s no secret that Tokyoites love to pamper their pets. From doggy hotels to cat cafés to clothing shops and spas, businesses have made a mint capitalizing on the extravagance of affluent animal owners. Bucking the economic downturn, the new Dane & Kerry Pet Limousine Service offers a specially outfitted kei-sha station wagon to transport your furry companion to the vet, trimming salon or airport—no chaperone required. The driver will even stick around, if necessary, to bring Precious home to mummy after the appointment.
For more information, see www.dane-kerry.com or call 0120-08-1255.
Gary McLeod says: “Inspired by Victorian photographs of native races taken between 1872 and 1876, ‘Privilege’ involves the documenting and interviewing of English teachers in Japan for the purpose of creating a photographic archive that I hope to donate to a museum. These photographs are taken with a hybrid camera that consists of a 130-year-old British lens and Japanese digital camera. Over the past four months, I have been recruiting volunteers to take part in the project and interest is steadily growing. To date, I have assembled 64 photographs (which take a long time to shoot and make) but I am looking to get that number up to at least around the 200 mark and potentially publish the collection as well.”
For more information or to volunteer, see www.garymcleod.co.uk.
out & about
|What: 3D planetarium show “Birthday: What Links Myself and the Universe”
Where: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Odaiba
When: Premiered in January; four shows each weekday; seven shows daily Sat-Sun & hols
Who: Adults (¥500) and kids (¥200). Glasses free
Bargain hunters in Tokyo are (or should be) well aware of kinken shops. Located in the vicinity of major train stations like Shimbashi, Ueno and Shinjuku, these tiny stalls display all manner of tickets—movie, concert, shinkansen, airplane—all at a slight markdown. Perusing the hundreds of items encased in glass, though, can be quite a chore. Enter Kakuyasu Ticket, an online clearinghouse for discounted vouchers, gift certificates, phone cards, coupons, tickets and even postage stamps. Inventory moves quickly, and some level of Japanese ability is required to navigate the site. Happy hunting!
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|Source: L25 (www.l25.jp)
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