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Issue #805 - Friday, Aug 28th, 2009
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Actress Kazue Fukiishi, 26, who stars in commercials for vegetable-based sports drink Spo Vege, says she’d like a guy who will let her kick him, and then “we can drink Spo Vege together” afterwards…. Celebrities who brought their dogs to the recent Japan premiere of Marley & Me included Uno Kanda, 33, Dewi Sukarno, 69, Becky, 25, Naoko Ken, 55, and Takatoshi Kaneko, 31… Miss Sophia University Misato Nagano, 22, is the new weathergirl for Fuji TV’s morning infotainment program Mezamashi TV, replacing 25-year-old Aiko Kaito. CB

tarento watch

Chris Betros

The recent divorce of actress Norika Fujiwara, 37, and comedian Tomonori Jinnai, 35, has sent the local media into a frenzy. The news broke earlier this month in the tabloids while Fujiwara was in Kenya working for the Japan Red Cross. So it was left to Jinnai to go public at a press conference at the Shinjuku office of his management agency Yoshimoto Kogyo. The comedian confessed he had cheated on Fujiwara after their lavish ¥500 million wedding in 2007. ‘‘I had an affair and deeply hurt her. It’s all my responsibility,’’ he said. “She became aware I had cheated on her last summer. I made an effort to start over again, but I think she couldn’t forgive me, after all.” Meanwhile, Fujiwara’s mother issued a statement saying her daughter had tried her best to make the relationship work, changing her schedule to suit her husband’s and even cooking his favorite food. “Norika is an entertainer’s wife, so she could put up with two or three affairs. She’s a generous type.” But she said her daughter returned to their family home in Kobe in February and told them “she couldn’t take it anymore.” CB


fascination with…

…gender-bending cafés

Courtesy of Happy Company

You walk through the door of the English-style teahouse and are greeted by a handsome butler with a warm, “Welcome home, miss.” Only these days, chances are good that the “butler” taking your coat is actually a girl in drag. This possibility is especially high if you wander down the female otaku paradise known as Otome Road in Ikebukuro, where cafés like B Lily Rose (www.b-lilyrose.com) offer fashionable young women a fantasy escape. Meanwhile, up-and-coming pop group B’s Prince is cashing in on the mania for kawaii little-brother types. In addition to performing, the youngsters recently held a one-day ototo café event at Triomphe in Akihabara (www.sweettrip.biz), where the little princes served up tea and cakes with smiling choruses of “Welcome home, big sister!” The catch? They may perform as boys, but all the members of B’s Prince are girls. Check out their next café day on May 16.

the name game

When deciding what to name their kids, Japanese parents have a multitude of kanji combinations and pronunciations to choose from. Maybe too many: as this table shows, some names could cause trouble—or, at least, severe embarrassment—when the little ones are introduced to foreigners.

Name Sounds like Language Meaning
Shiori chie au lit French To crap one’s bed
Aya 아야 Korean Ouch!
Nana Nana French Prostitute in 19th-century novel
Makoto kot (final syllable) German Feces
Yudai you die English You die
Source: Premo (“Pre-mother”) maternity magazine, April 2008

 

out & about

©David Mayo
What: “Living Machine”
Where: Yokohama waterfront area
Who: French “spectacle art” troupe La Machine
Why: 150th Anniversary of the Opening of the Port of Yokohama
When: April 28-September 27

See this week's feature for details


mark the date

APR
05
Haircut Day The Meiji government lifted its ban on women having bob hairdos on this day in 1872. Westernization: gotta love it
APR
12
Bread Memorial Day Commemorates the baking of Japan’s first loaf of bread by magistrate Egawa “Tarozaemon” Hidetatsu back in 1842
APR
15
Helicopter Day Established by the All Japan Air Transport and Service Association in 1986. The date was chosen because it was Leonardo da Vinci’s birthday
APR
27
Policewoman Memorial Day Female cops have been on the beat in Japan since this day in 1946, when General MacArthur gave them the all-clear


in the bag

Photos: Marie Wanibe

Most of us associate fukubukuro (lit. “lucky bags”) with the New Year sales at fashion boutiques and department stores. But what goes into the convenience store version? We found out when a new 7-Eleven opened recently in Koenji…

- Box of tissues (¥66)
- 7-Eleven Premium Potato Potage sachets (¥298)
- Hineri-age wheat snacks (¥105)
- 7-Eleven Premium Miso Soup sachets (¥198)
- Age-okaki fried mochi snacks (¥210)
- 500ml bottle of mugi-cha (¥98)
- Ippudo Hakata-style instant ramen (¥258)
- Choco-bo snacks (¥105)

Total retail price: ¥1,338. Fukubukuro price: ¥1,000

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