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"Sexy Zone" topped the sales charts with their debut single
The new Johnny's group Sexy Zone narrowly topped the sales charts this week with their debut single, “Sexy Zone,” attaining almost 173,000 copies sold. With an average age of 14.4 years old, they are the youngest artist in Oricon history to reach #1 with a debut single. This beats Nakayama Yuma w/ B.I.Shadow, who averaged 14.6 years old when they released “Akuma na Koi / NYC” in 2009.
Sexy Zone

The members of Sexy Zone are Nakajima Kento (17), Kikuchi Fuma (16), Sato Shori (14), Matsushima So (13) and Marius Yo (11).

Sexy Zone is the 5th group from Johnny's to debut as special supporters for the "FIVB World Cup Volleyball" after V6 (1995), Arashi (1999), NEWS (2003) and Hey! Say! JUMP (2007).

Ads of Sexy Zone in front of Shibuya station

Among Johnny’s artists, they are the 12th to achieve a #1 debut single. Counting only this year, they are the second, after Kis-My-Ft2.

 2011/11/25 07:14  この記事のURL  / 
Popularity contest between local "Yurukawa" mascots under way
Kumamoto Prefecture's "Kuma-mon" bear mascot and the Ehime Prefecture city of Imabari's "Barii-san" bird character are in a dead heat in an online popularity contest until Saturday between some 350 cartoon characters representing local mascots across Japan.
#1: Kuma-mon from Kumamoto

These characters, created by local governments and businesses to attract tourists and invigorate their communities, are known as "yuru-kyara,(ゆるキャラ)" literally meaning ''loose characters'' to signify their rather unrefined and laid-back image.
#2:Barii-san from Ehime

As of 8 a.m. Nov.24, Kuma-mon was the front-runner in the contest that began in September, having garnered some 246,836 votes, closely followed by Barii-san with some 242,541 votes.
#3:Yanana from Gifu

The contest is organized by the Society of Organized "yuru-kyara", a group based in Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, which promotes the use of yuru-kyara for the purpose of spurring local economies and promoting regional exchanges.

Votes can be cast until Nov.26 . .
 2011/11/24 08:12  この記事のURL  / 
"Ultraman Art! Times and creation -- Ultraman & Ultraseven" under way at Ibaraki art museum
Figures and other items related to the popular Japanese TV hero series Ultraman and Ultraseven are on display at a modern art museum in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.

The Nov. 3-Jan. 15 exhibition entitled "Ultraman Art! Times and creation -- Ultraman & Ultraseven," at the Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki(茨城県近代美術館), features clothes, full-body suits and miniature models of architectural structures used in shooting the TV series that began airing in the 1960s.

Other exhibits include photographs showing the process of making the programs as well as sketches and figures of the characters.

Visitors are able to take their pictures with replicas of Ultraman and his space monster enemy.






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「ウルトラマン・アート!」展
2010年秋、北海道立旭川美術館で開催され好評を博した「ウルトラマン・アート!」展が、岩手、鹿児島、福井とまわり、現在、茨城県近代美術館にて開催中だ。

ウルトラマンとウルトラセブンをデザインした成田亨、粘土原型を作った佐々木明、ウルトラセブンで怪獣や宇宙人を手がけた池谷仙克、怪獣の着ぐるみを作った高山良策。それぞれが手がけたデザイン画や、造形を作るために使った石膏の型など、リアルな制作現場が語られる。

ヒーローや怪獣たちの造形を手がけた人々を大きく取り上げ、ウルトラマンとウルトラセブンを芸術作品として見つめ直そうという企画だ。
 2011/11/22 06:52  この記事のURL  / 
Cosplay snowboarding at Yeti ski resort
Yeti is a ski resort near Mt. Fuji and is easily accessible, being a 90 minute highway drive from Tokyo. It is the first ski resort to open for the 2011/12 snow season in Japan.

Opening to a large crowd of keen skiiers/boarders, and with a 50cm base, fun was had all round.

Altitude: 1,300m− 1,450m
Longest Run: 1,000m
The Steepest Grade: 25 degrees
Average Grade: 11 degrees
Difficulty Level: Beginner 50%, Intermediate 40%, Advanced 10%
5 Runs 3 Lifts 1 Conveyor Belt


There is an outlet shopping center, "Gotenba Premium Outlets", near Gotenba Interchange and an amusement park, "Grinpa", down from Yeti.





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スノータウンイエティは静岡県裾野市にあるスキー場。人工雪で、毎年日本の屋外ゲレンデとしては一番早く営業を始める。
旧称は日本ランドHOWスキー場。昔はマジシャンの初代引田天功(男性です)をテーマとした「引田天功館」が設置されていた。
わたしも小学校の遠足で行ったことがあります。
 2011/11/21 06:30  この記事のURL  / 
Yokohama Hakkeijima Aquarium dresses its whales in time for Christmas
Visitors to the aquarium are being welcomed by beluga whales, that are getting into the Christmas spirit with these festive ensembles.

The beluga whales have been fitted out with the Santa hats to entertain the crowds at the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise (横浜・八景島シーパラダイス).

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is an amusement park consisting of an aquarium, shopping mall, hotel, marina and amusement rides. It is located in Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, . It opened for business on May 8, 1993.

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

The whales have been dressed in the hats as the aquarium bosses attempt to draw in larger crowds in the build up to Christmas celebrations.

And there's even a chance for children to get a wet kiss under the mistletoe from their favourite sea creatures.




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 2011/11/20 10:31  この記事のURL  / 
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