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JUN SATO
 

Celebrity playboy Junichi Ishida, 55, has confirmed he’s in a relationship with pro golfer Riko Higashio, 33. The pair started seeing each other in March, and you know things have gotten serious in a hurry because Ishida met Higashio’s father Osamu, manager of the Seibu Lions from 1995-2001, in May. A keen golfer himself, Ishida said he would like to have the wedding some time between the end of this year and next summer, but that he has yet to propose. With two divorces behind him, the actor stirred controversy in 1996, when he pronounced that “culture and the arts have their roots in infidelity.” But he was more recently quoted as saying: “I’d like to seal that part of culture and leave it behind. I’m confident things will go well this time.” The last time rumors of impending nuptials circulated was when Ishida was going out with long-time girlfriend and model Rie Hasegawa, 35, but their nine-year relationship ended in 2005. CB


Pop star Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, 35, has been reinstated as the spokesman for the government’s campaign to raise awareness about the shift to digital terrestrial TV broadcasting. Lest we forget, the Smap-ster had been fired after getting arrested for public indecency in April, when he was found cavorting drunk and naked in Tokyo Midtown... TV personality Becky, 25, strutted down the catwalk recently, modeling wedding dresses in the third installment of her BCK Message bridal brand... J-pop group Da Pump fired up a crowd of 1,200 people at Tokyo Disney Resort during an event held to promote their new single “Summer Rider.” CB


pseudo eigo
The latest innovations in katakana English

セフレ

sefure
Origin: sex friend
Meaning: friends with benefits
Example: ちゃんと付き合ってると思ってたけど、ただのセフレだって言われたんだ; Chanto tsukiatteru to omotteta kedo, tada no sefure datte iwaretanda; I thought we were dating, but he said we were just sex friends

ダメンズ

damens
Origin: dame (“no good”) + men
Meaning: Alcoholic, violent, narcissistic, commitment-phobic, irresponsible or unemployed men who cheat and lie all the time and aren’t romantically appropriate for women
Example: 彼とデートするまであんなダメンズだとは思わなかった; Kare to deeto suru made wa anna nimo damenzu datowa omowanakatta; I didn’t realize what a creep he was until we went out on a date together

リア充

riajuu
Origin: real + abbreviation of juujitsu (“satisfied”)
Meaning: a state where someone is generally satisfied with their life, as opposed to being cooped up in cyberspace
Example:ネットでリア充宣言してる奴は明らかに嘘つきだ; Netto de riajuu sengen shiteru yatsu wa akiraka ni usotsuki da; Anyone who makes a claim online that they are happy with their life is obviously lying

リスケ

risuke
Origin: reschedule
Meaning: reschedule
Example: 試合がリスケになったので今日は映画を見に行きます; Shiai ga risuke ni natta no de kyou wa eiga wo mi ni ikimasu; The game was rescheduled, so I’m going to see a movie today

eco drink

What: Suntory Kinmugi “Stop! Chikyu Ondan [Global Warming] Can”
The Pitch: Do your bit for the environment by… drinking happoshu. One kilogram of CO2 will be offset for each special edition can of Kinmugi sold. A live tally on the Suntory website lets you chart the progress of the scheme
How: Suntory and Lawson have teamed up with a biomass power plant in Brazil for the project
Where: At participating Lawson stores for a limited period

http://suntory.jp/stop-ondancan


fascination with…
…portability

In a bid to grab a bigger market share from the near-universal Nintendo DS, Sony has introduced a disk drive-free game and movie player, the PSP Go (www.jp.playstation.com/psp). The handheld device, which uses a flash drive instead of game cartridges, is 40 percent lighter and 50 percent smaller than the existing model (See page 10 for more info)… Break in your new handheld with a trip to the Portable Game Café in Akihabara or the newly-opened Ikebukuro location (www.shukaijo.com). At ¥1,000 for 3 hours, you’re free to play games, use the wireless internet, enjoy unlimited soft drinks, read comics or even take a nap on the sofas. Customers can also bring in their own food or alcoholic beverages at no extra charge, all of which makes the ¥1,500 overnight package extra appealing… For more athletic types, recent months have seen the introduction of several keitai aimed at exercise enthusiasts. No longer mere phones, these portable devices, like Toshiba’s Sportio (http://tinyurl.com/sportio), carry a range of functions like calculators for distance and speed; a calorie counter; audio guidance to help you find the optimal pace; and even downloadable maps of recommended courses in your area.


mark the date
Aug 7
Nose Day Marked since 1961 to raise awareness about all things olfactory. Ha (8) and na (7), of course, make the Japanese word for “nose”


Aug 10
Road Day Established by the Ministry of Construction in 1986 to celebrate the concreting of the nation’s countryside

Aug 19
Bike Day Started in 1989 to promote traffic safety and help prevent motorcycle accidents. Ba (8), i (1) and ku (9) make baiku

Aug 25
Ramen Day Marks the anniversary of the debut of instant noodles, which went on sale on this day in 1958


Sources: www.nnh.to; www.day.or.jp

behind the numbers
How many sticks in a box?

Toppo: 14

Pocky: 32

Pretz: 60
¥198 = ¥14.14/stick
¥150 = ¥4.69/stick
¥120 = ¥2/stick

Source: Manual count of snack foods bought July 24 in Minato-ku
Photos by KOHJI SHIIKI






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