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Issue #805 - Friday, Aug 28th, 2009
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TARO FUJIMOTO/JAPAN TODAY


Actress Maki Tamaru (Twilight Phantom) lent a shapely pair of legs to the launch of a Hilton Hotels group promotion called “Rediscover Japan, Rediscover Hilton.” Tamaru, 30, who is the “image character” for the new campaign, said, “Whenever I go abroad on business, I feel relaxed if the hotel I’m staying in is a Hilton.” During the promotion, which runs through December 31, the group’s seven hotels in Japan are offering a variety of special accommodation plans. “I’m looking forward to staying at a Hilton with my girlfriends and family, and trying each different plan,” Tamaru said. CB


Actress Rie Miyazawa, 35, revealed she is five months pregnant and that she will marry her partner in the near future, but that formal announcements will be made after the stage show she’s currently starring in finishes its run on Feb 28… Model Megumi Yasu, 27, has been enlisted by the Fire and Disaster Management Agency to promote its recruitment drive for female firefighters… American singer Leah Dizon, 22, now eight months pregnant (or seven months, as it is counted in the West) was back in the spotlight recently after she was quoted as saying, “My baby feels like it is ready to burst out, just like in the movie Alien.” CB


self assessment
Who would you vote for?*


scene around town

Title: Fantasy in the Red Room
Artist: Karin Kamijo

Gallery: Megumi Ogita Gallery, Ginza

Exhibition: “There…, that station”

When: Through Feb 28

Info: www.megumiogita.com


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Gary McLeod

Selected as one of the trendiest words of 2008 by the Jiyukoku Minsha publishing company, konkatsu is an abbreviation of kekkon-katsudo—literally, “marriage hunting.” The term has spread like mad thanks to the recent trend of Japanese people marrying later in life; according to one estimate, 47 percent of women in their 30s are still single. The 2008 book Konkatsu Jidai (“The Era of Marriage Hunting”), co-written by Chuo University professor Masahiro Yamada and journalist Momoko Shiraga, is credited with coining the phrase and igniting a flurry of interest in the topic. The past year has seen the emergence of “marriage bars” and agencies that treat the search for matrimony like a job hunt. A recent issue of mega-popular women’s magazine Anan offers tips on self-marketing for singles, like “Using Worksheets,” “Branding Yourself” and “Creating Your Own Catchphrase.” Next up is an NHK TV series, Konkatsu, Rikatsu (“Marriage Hunting, Divorce Hunting”), debuting April 10.



sites to see

Who doesn’t want to be 17 forever? That’s the inspiration behind the Japanese website 17 Saikyo Membaa (“The Cult of 17”). Just type in your name and birth date and—presto!—your age is calculated based on your relation to the golden age of 17. In case you’re curious, we Metropolis editors range from 17 years, 78 months, 5 days to 17 years, 306 months, 4 days. Guess we should start carrying ID!

http://homepage3.nifty.com/yuyu/17-beginner.html


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If you could move to a new neighborhood, where would you like to live?

Survey of 100 teens and 20-somethings in Harajuku
Source: Tokyo Graffiti magazine (www.grfft.jp)



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