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Issue #805 - Friday, Aug 28th, 2009
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804: Rent, The original stars of the Broadway musical
803: Roland Emmerich, Director
802: Miss Universe Japan, Emiri Miyasaka
801: Dog days
800: Bolt
799: Actor, Hiroshi Mikami
798: Yuko Aoyama
797: Return of the bots
796: The Terminator cast
795: Actress Saki Takaoka
794: Okinawan actress Meisa Kuroki
793: J. J. Abrams and Star Trek cast
792: Zac Efron
791: Science Friction
790: Junichi Ishida
789: Daisuke Nakata, Trampolinist
788: Kazuaki Kiriya, Director
787: Nana Natsume, Former AV star
786: Eugene Otani, Newscaster
785: Love at first bite
784: Miki Mizuno
783: Tom Cruise
782: Jun Hasegawa, Model
781: Moe Oshikiri, Model attitude
780: Grace Park of Battlestar Galactica
779: Where there's a Will
778: Jolie good time
777: Age before beauty
776: Streep talk
775: World of difference
774: Shocks and Bonds
773: Viva La Revolucin
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

By Chris Betros

Model attitude
A little English and a big heart go a long way for Moe Oshikiri

Kohji Shiiki

A grandma model? Why not, says 29-year-old Moe Oshikiri, who hopes to still be in front of the camera when she’s in her eighties. “Fashion is inspirational and important for expressing one’s personality, no matter what your age.”

Oshikiri is conducting this interview in English at the Metropolis offices, where she’s been meeting with staff to prepare her own article for the magazine. Her eagerness and confidence to use English is a legacy of her two years as co-host of NHK’s popular program Eigo de Shaberanaito, which will finish its run at the end of March.

Born in Chiba, Oshikiri says she dreamed of being an artist when she was a young girl. “I always liked to draw and paint. I still do.” After a stint as an amateur model, she was scouted in Shibuya when she was 18. Her early days in the business were filled with hardship, which she recounts in her recently released book, Moderu Shikkaku (“No Longer a Model”). (The title is a play on author Osamu Dazai’s famous 1948 novel Ningen Shikkaku—“No Longer Human”). In it, she tells how, after her first modeling agency went bankrupt, she struggled to make ends meet as a part-timer. “I was working in a factory putting strawberries on cakes as they came along on a conveyor belt, and doing other odd jobs,” she recalls.

The book, which Oshikiri says took her about four months to write, also recounts how she suffered from a spine injury in 2005 after being dumped by a wave in Hawaii. She was forced to spend the next three months out of work, but she persevered, and in the last four years has become one of Japan’s top models. She was a long-time fixture in CanCam fashion magazine and most recently “graduated” to AneCam. “AneCam is for women over 25, who are more stylish and more active,” she explains. Besides magazines, Oshikiri has taken part in the popular Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show. She’s also appeared in ads for Sony Ericsson and Asahi Beer, and her legs adorned the Japanese poster for the 2006 movie The Devil Wears Prada.

However, Oshikiri has really come of age on Eigo de Shaberanaito. “I studied English in school but it wasn’t much fun,” she says. “I started studying it more seriously about 4-5 years ago… When I was in hospital with my back injury, I started watching Eigo de Shaberanaito and really liked it. Joining the program was a challenge and a big opportunity. It’s been fun interviewing famous people like Will Smith and Keanu Reeves in English. Cameron Diaz was great. I love her. She gave me a lot of encouragement.” Oshikiri says she tries to keep up her English by reading books and magazines when she can, as well as watching movies without subtitles.

Her involvement with Metropolis sprang from a desire to put those skills into action. “I've been on the show for two years, and I really wanted to challenge myself,” she says. “I thought writing an article for Metropolis would be a perfect outlet.” After meeting with the editors and coming up with a list of potential interviewees, Oshikiri decided to profile Godiva Japan president Tom Chu (below). The interview was also featured on a recent episode of Eigo de Shaberanaito.

After the program ends, she’ll still be a busy woman, designing kimonos and watches, as well as a line of hosiery with her good friend and fellow model Yuri Ebihara. Oshikiri also does interior design, and last summer she even created some seasonal ice cream. “Modeling will remain my main job, though,” she says. “Some days, I am up at 4am and we don’t finish until midnight.” She stays in shape by going to the gym once or twice a week, dancing and playing golf. For relaxation, she says she likes shopping in Daikanyama, hanging out in Ebisu, or cooking at home. “I make a great stew,” she says. Whatever lies ahead, Oshikiri believes it’s important to have a positive attitude. She follows the news closely, and regularly makes contributions to children’s charities—most recently, to a relief fund for victims of the wildfires in Australia. “I’m really interested in President Obama. I hope he can bring change. There are many uncertainties these days. I believe that we have a bright future, but we all have to focus on doing what we can. The first step for me is to help others. If someone next to me is crying, I want to encourage them, even if it is just with a smile. A smile is the best gift I can give.”

Check out Oshikiri’s blog at

Chris Betros is the editor of Japan Today (

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