Miho, 27, and Kassun, 22, of risqué comedy duo Cherry Pie, were joined by comedian Nachu, 24, to show off their toned bikini-clad bodies at a promotional event for the weight-loss DVD Hip Hop Abs. This popular fitness program is produced by American dancer and choreographer Shaun T, who aims to convince people that it’s possible to lose weight and have fun at the same time. In May, the girls set themselves the goal of achieving their ideal body by dancing to Hip Hop Abs every day, and the event gave them the opportunity to show off the results. Kassun had dropped 14cm around her waistline, Miho had trimmed 8cm off her thighs, and Nachu had lost 12kg. All three agreed that their self-confidence was now at an all-time high, with Kassun joking, “I could just walk through the streets of Shibuya in this bikini right now.” Satomi Honda
Kurumi Suzuki, the 11-year-old niece of Seattle Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki, made her show business debut when she took part in a promotional event in Tokyo for the DVD release of the US drama Hannah Montana: Season 2… Popular models Yuri Ebihara, 29, Karina, 25, and Anna Tsuchiya, 25, are appearing together in three commercials for Shiseido’s new Maquillage lipsticks and lip glosses… Ubiquitous tarento Aya Ueto, 23, who was appointed “Honorary Apron Chief” for a day by Sanyo Foods, spoon-fed startled photographers at a product launch for the Sapporo Ichiban cup pasta range. CB
Random trivia of the day: the “Guys who look good in pink are cool” community on SNS site Mixi has over 115,000 members; the “Guys who look good in black are cool” one only just scrapes past 1,000. What the heck is going on here? His & hers free magazines R25 and L25 popped the color question to a selection of guys and gals. Which colors should the fellas steer clear of, and which ones should the ladies wear?
|Source: R25 and L25 magazines
Much as everyone complains about the rainy season, once tsuyu comes to an end, Tokyoites can’t wait to get wet again. As the scorching summer temps rise, those ingenious little “dry mist” machines have started popping up all over town. The devices work by emitting an artificial mist that lowers the surrounding air temperature, resulting in a moist, cooling feeling that won’t soak your clothes or wreck your makeup. A 3m-long installation located along the escalator by Akihabara station’s west exit is in operation through September 30, turning on automatically whenever the temperature rises above 27 degrees Celsius (in other words, pretty much every day by 10am). Other mist machines can be found in Shibuya—one near the Parco I building (15-1 Udagawacho) and another outside Loft (21-1 Udagawacho)—and at Chinatown’s iconic Heichinro restaurant (149 Banchi, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama).
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that’s nice, dear
It’s amazing what you can learn about Japan if you read the (overseas) news…
“Like many Asian countries, Japan is a tea-drinking nation.”
—“Where Tokyo Fills Its Cup,” The New York Times, July 12
“The Japanese may have cut back on many things in the downturn—but not on a few hours to spend alone with a loved one.”
—“Love Beats the Recession in Japan,” BBC Online, July 14
“Even a brief pause for a photo isn’t allowed to disturb the perfection of Japan’s rail system.”
—“Welcome to Rock Bottom, Hitchens-san,” The Daily Mail, June 15
in the park
Summer may be better known as the season of fireworks, but this year the folks at Tokyo Midtown are opting to wet your whistle instead. The centerpiece of this year’s project is the Midtown Waterworks. Part art installation, part interactive experience, the twice-nightly show features flashing, colored lasers and geysers that send jets of water spurting as high as 60 meters into the air, all in a performance meant to recreate the atmosphere of a fireworks display. The shows last approximately 10 minutes, and can be seen from 7:10 and 8pm. But be warned—depending on which way the wind is blowing, you might find yourself in for a wetter evening than you’d planned (kids especially should enjoy this one). For a safe vantage point, watch the show from the tree-lined shelter of nearby Midpark Café, where you can enjoy food from Nirvana, Batsu and other restaurants.
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Meaning: To be at a loss and spending time uselessly (as from not knowing how to get somewhere or how to do something)
Example: まごまごしていたら, バスに乗り遅れてしまった; Mago mago shiteitara, basu ni nori okurete shimatta; I got on the bus late because I was confused
Source: Giongo/Gitaigo: A Practical Guide to Mimetic Expressions Through Pictures, by Akutsu Satoru (ALC Shuppan, 1994)
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