Model Moe Oshikiri, 29, says she definitely wants to be a mother by the time she’s 35. Speaking at a recent wine party organized by AneCan—the fashion mag she models for—Oshikiri said: “I want to continue doing what I’m doing, and I also want to start preparing for my 30s. But I’d like to get married sometime soon. I want to have kids by the time I’m 35.” Oshikiri is currently dating Yomiuri Giants pitcher Takahiko Nomaguchi, 25, but she ruled out the possibility of a wedding anytime soon. “No, I don’t think that will happen. He’s just made it back into the roster.” That’s the Giants’ roster, not her roster, we presume. CB
Actress Meisa Kuroki, 20, has no problem with nude scenes in the upcoming play Onna Nobunaga, in which the famous warlord Oda Nobunaga is depicted as a woman. “I’m prepared for that and want to do my best,” she says.… Former Morning Musume member Nozomi Tsuji, 21, has been voted the perfect mom by middle and high school girls, according to a survey conducted by mobile media company P-Nest Inc.… Busty celebrity Aki Hoshino, 32, was apparently mistaken for a hooker by security personnel at a casino in Macau recently, though her agency claims they actually thought she was a minor. CB
beat the rush
||How can you tell when a person on a train is about to leave his or her seat? Keep an eye out for these common movements that might signal a commuter is about to get off.
Source: Tsukin Densha de Suwaru Gijutsu (Techniques for Getting a Seat on a Commuter Train) by Hajime Yorozu (Kanki Shuppan, 2005)
||Are you putting your foot in it every time you try to make a good impression? Men’s magazine R25 asked 100 women aged 25-34 whether the following behavior was acceptable during a date. Fellas: consider yourselves warned.
Flipping out if another guy starts talking to your date
OK: 29% / NO: 71%
Complaining to restaurant staff about food/service
OK: 32% / NO: 68%
Talking about your ex-girlfriend during the date
OK: 35% / NO: 65%
Paying for your date’s cab fare home after you’ve missed the last train
OK: 39% / NO: 61%
Planning every aspect of the date in advance
OK: 42% / NO: 58%
Ordering a bottle of alcohol rather than individual glasses to save money
OK: 44% / NO: 56%
Popping a noncommittal question like “When are you free?” when asking a girl out
OK: 51% / NO: 49%
Leaving your seat to take a call when your keitai rings
OK: 66% / NO: 34%
Sending a text message to say you enjoyed yourself just after the date has finished
OK: 71% / NO: 29%
Accompanying your date as far as her nearest station when going home
OK: 73% / NO: 27%
|Source: R25 (http://r25.jp/)
|Illustration by Julio Shiiki
scene around town
For one week in March, the swanky Omotesando Hills shopping complex played host to a slightly different kind of art exhibition. The We Love Magazine Library gave visitors the chance to browse 1,200 periodicals from 47 countries. In case you missed the event the first time around, stop by the second edition at Harajuku’s Gallery Rocket (www.rocket-jp.com) through June 2. The collection of art, fashion and design magazines includes famous titles from Spain, Britain, Australia, Russia and more. In addition to recent issues, you can also browse vintage editions of Femme, Seventeen and other long-running magazines.
Whether you had a forgettable Golden Week or simply got so drunk that you can’t remember it, there’s no need to wait until next year to make up for it. Owing to a procedural quirk of the Japanese calendar, any weekday that gets sandwiched between two national holidays is transformed into a holiday itself. There’s one such golden run coming up in September, when the serendipitous timing of Respect for the Aged Day and the Autumn Equinox immediately after a weekend will give most hard-working people a full five days off. Golden Week, Take Two, runs from Sep 19 to 23. We can’t wait.
English speakers have a pretty easy time navigating video rental shops in Japan, as major genres like drama (ドラマ), comedy (コメディ) and horror (ホラー) keep their names even after being “translated” into Japanese. Things get dicier, though, when you delve into subgenres, like the following ones we discovered at our local Tsutaya.
The Ricoh CX1 is a nifty digicam, but a peculiar caveat in the instruction manual makes us wonder what kind of unrealistic expectations the Japanese have of their personal electronics.
* The camera’s Anti-Shake function cannot prevent movement of the subject you are shooting (due to wind, etc.).
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