Japan loves to shower its tarento with wacky prizes, and the Cotton USA Awards are no different. The annual honor is conferred upon celebs who represent “style, beauty and natural comfort.” This year’s Miss Cotton was actress Meisa Kuroki (Crows Zero II), Mrs. Cotton was Hitomi Kuroki (Tokyo Tower) and the Mr. Cotton award was given to Daigo of rock band Breakerz. The younger Kuroki said she places great importance on comfort while exercising, and makes sure all her clothes and towels are cotton. “Mrs.” Kuroki agreed, exclaiming, “It’s so comfortable, I feel like I’m not wearing anything!” Even rocker Daigo showed up sporting specially-made cotton fingerless gloves instead of his signature black leather. “I’m 100 percent cotton today,” he said. “103 percent!” SC
SMAP singer Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, 34,
who was arrested last month for public indecency, makes his comeback on Monday night on the TV variety program “SMAP x SMAP” … American fitness guru Billy Blanks, 53, and his wife Tomoko, 39, will hold their official wedding ceremony on June 20 in Osaka and hinted that guests might find it to be a bit more active than a usual wedding … Television personality Suzanne, 22, is keeping busy as PR ambassador for her home prefecture of Kumamoto, saying
“I want to work as a bridge between Kumamoto and the rest of the country.” CB
scene around town
||Title: Reiko, Five Years
Artist: Ryusei Kishida
Exhibit: “Toward the Internal Portrait: Ryusei Kishida 80th Anniversary Exhibition”
Venue: Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, through July 7
Courtesy of The National Museum of Modern Art
Next time you’ve got some time to kill in Shinjuku, take a ride on an elevator in Lumine Est (www.lumine.ne.jp/est). When you step inside car No. 6 in the north side of the building, you’ll be treated to some familiar voices. To commemorate the anniversary of the shopping complex’s revamped dining floors, Lumine has enlisted the help of Atsumu Watanabe (a.k.a. Sekai no Nabeatsu) and Shigenori Yamashita, who together form comedy duo Jarizumu. Push the button for the basement and Watanabe shouts “What’s the B in B1 mean?” On the 7th floor, Shigenori jumps in with, “Have dinner on 7 and 8!” The promotion runs until June 30.
out & about
Planning on a full weekend of urban adventures? Then make sure you pick up Tokyo Metro’s new Metro & Gurutto Pass. As the name suggests, this ticket combines the benefits of the Tokyo Museum Gurutto pass, which offers free or discounted admission at 66 museums, zoos and aquariums, and a pair of Tokyo Metro 1-Day Open Tickets, which let you ride and get off at any Metro station all day for free. Purchased separately, the three passes would cost ¥3,420, but the Metro & Gurutto Pass is just ¥2,800. Available at Tokyo Metro booths through June 2010. www.tokyometro.jp/global
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The latest innovations in katakana English
Origin: rennai (“love relationship”) + technique
Meaning: ways to get someone to like you
Example: ボディタッチは私のおすすめ恋愛テク; Bodi-tachi wa watashi no osusume rennai-teku; Being touchy-feely is one of my recommended techniques to attract a guy
Origin: mannerism + ka (suffix meaning -ification)
Meaning: falling into the same routine; getting boring
Example: 夕食がマンネリ化してるので新しいレシピを覚えたい; Yuushoku ga manneri-ka shiterunode atarashii reshipi wo oboetai; I’m getting bored of the same old dinner so I’d like to learn new recipes
Origin: combination of chari (for bike) and salaryman
Meaning: a salaryman who commutes by bike
Example: 父は最近チャラリーマンだ; Chichi wa saikin charariiman da; Lately, my Dad has been commuting by bicycle.
Origin: just meet
Meaning: in baseball, to hit the ball squarely; metaphorically, to be someone’s type
Example: このシャツは私の好みとジャストミート！ Kono shatsu wa watashi no konomi to jasuto miito! This is exactly the kind of shirt I like!
Origin: ground hostess
Meaning: (female) airline counter staff
Example: 二つの荷物しか持込ができないと、グランドホステスに言われたんだ; Futatsu no nimotsu shika mochikomi ga dekinaito, gurando hosutesu ni iwaretanda. The check-in girl said we can only take two carry-ons
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