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Wedding dresses designed by celebrities
Actress Ayana Sakai (酒井彩名)unveiled her latest collection of eight wedding dresses under her brand “Aya na ture.”
Ayana Sakai's “Aya na ture”

Sakai presents two collections a year, featuring billowy wedding dresses that look like something from the wardrobe department for “Gone With the Wind.”

Like Sakai's “Aya na ture”, wedding dresses which were designed by celebrities are becoming popular recently in Japan.

Uno Kanda's "Scena D'uno"

The most popular collection is "Scena D'uno" which were designed by model Uno Kanda (神田うの).
Karina's "Sancta Carina"

Model Karina (香里奈)is also designing wedding dresses colleciton "Sancta Carina".
tetsuya & Ayana Sakai

Yet, reporters seem more interested in asking Sakai, who has been married for five years to rock band L’Arc-en-Ciel leader tetsuya, when she is going to have a baby.



 2012/04/30 10:31  この記事のURL  / 
Shoko Nakagawa featured on the cover of ‘an an’magazine
The latest issue of ‘an an’magazine (No.1805) has the theme of “wanting a beautiful and sexy body; a woman’s body”. For this particular shoot, Shoko Nakagawa (中川翔子)gave up eating her favorite foods to lose 3kg (6.6 lbs).
‘an an’magazine (No.1805)

Nakagawa is a Japanese idol, tarento, actress, voice actress, illustrator, and singer.
Nakagawa cosplays Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion

On the cover, Nakagawa is seen striking a sexy pose while lifting up her tank top and showing off her beautiful body line. The magazine also contains photos of her in purple and pink lingerie, as well as a topless shot of her back.

In the interview, Nakagawa talks about her past when she had a complex with her figure, and also shared her feelings on photo shoots in lingerie. Although she’s able to face swimsuit shoots with a smile, she confessed, “Just the feeling of the cloth material, my feelings and expressions change.”

Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon

Nakagawa is also known for loving cosplay, and buys up many clothes at auction, particularly costumes for Neon Genesis Evangelion and Sailor Moon.

How do you like her grown-up look?

特集テーマは「きれいでセクシーな体になりたい オンナノカラダ」。
 2012/04/29 07:17  この記事のURL  / 
New shopping complex 'Hikarie' opens in Tokyo's Shibuya
A high-rise complex of offices, commercial facilities and a huge musical theater, "Shibuya Hikarie" opened next to Shibuya Station.
"Shibuya Hikarie" complex

The \100 billion Hikarie project replaces the Tokyu Bunkakaikan theater complex and planetarium, which had operated for about 50 years.

Former "Tokyu Bunkakaikan" complex

The 34-floor glass tower with three basement floors boasts nearly 200 shops, 26 eateries, design and art galleries, office floors and a musical theater with 2,000 seats.

It targeting women in their late 20s to 40s.

Actress Nana Katase cut the tape at the opening ceremony.

Flowers from Yu Yamada and Shun Oguri.

View Shibuya Hikarie in a larger map






 2012/04/28 08:52  この記事のURL  / 
New Dragon Quest promo video streamed
The game publisher Square Enix said it will launch a new title in its popular ''Dragon Quest'' series in Japan on Aug. 2. , and began streaming a promotional video.

''Dragon Quest 10 -- Mezameshi Itsutsu no Shuzoku (目覚めし五つの種族/five awakened tribes) Online'' for Nintendo's Wii home game console will be the first version of the series allowing Wii users to play with others online by paying fees.

The Wii or Wii U console that players use will need an Internet connection, though the first few hours of the game can be played offline.

Square Enix confirmed that a player can go through the basic gameplay solo. A player can create up to three characters, but each console can only handle one character and one player at a time. Beta testing for Japanese residents with Internet-connected Wiis and Square Enix accounts began in November.
The title's suggested retail price is 6,980 yen. Online players will have to pay 1,000 yen for 30 days, 1,950 yen for 60 days or 2,900 yen for 90 days.

2011年に25周年を迎えたロールプレイングゲーム「ドラゴンクエスト」シリーズの最新作、『ドラゴンクエストX 目覚めし五つの種族 オンライン』が8月2日に発売される。



Wii用ゲームソフト価格は、それぞれ20日間の無料利用券つきで、通常版が6980円、数量限定の「Wii USBメモリー同梱版」が8980円。

 2012/04/27 07:24  この記事のURL  / 
Where to go during Golden Week in 2012
The Golden Week is a collection of four national holidays over a seven-day period.In combination with well placed weekends, the Golden Week becomes one of Japan's three busiest holiday seasons, besides New Year and the Obon week.

●Park Yoga Tokyo Midtown Roppongi

Feel the grass under your feet with yoga in the park, in the wide open surroundings of Grass Square. As well as Morning Yoga sessions under the clear skies and gentle sun of May, we will be putting on magical Moonlit Yoga sessions on weekday evenings, so that people can join in on their way home from work. Make the most of this rare opportunity to experience nature with all five senses in the heart of the city.

When: April 21 - May 23
Admission: Free
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●Ultraman Himitsukichi in Futagotamagawa Daisakusen

This event revolves around Ultraman-related activities, including exhibitions and merchandise corners based on successive generations of the Ultraman series. It will be held in the Tamagawa Takashimaya S・C. Both children and parents can enjoy and learn about “bonds of family, siblings and friends” through the history of Ultraman series.

When: April 25- May 6
Admission: 600 yen
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●Local Gourmet Festival 2012

Yomiuri Land will stage a food festival, gathering about 40 dishes from 14 prefectures plus Tokyo, Hokkaido, Osaka and Kyoto. You can enjoy a variety of food, including beers, and sweets from different regions.

When: April 28 and May 6
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●Yokohama October Fest 2012

This is an annual event usually held in October but this year, it is being held in the spring as well to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event. The venue is the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. You can enjoy a variety of German beers and dishes made of spring vegetables.

When: April 27 and May 6
Admission: 200 yen
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●Festival Walk Dreams 2012 Golden Week

Fireworks highlight the Festival Walk Soga in Chiba, featuring about 1,500 skyrockets. There will also be many leisure facilities such as spas, shops and restaurants.

When: May 5 (8 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.)
Admission: Free
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●Tokyo Hotaru Festival 2012

This event will be held in the Sumida River basin between May 5 and 6. On May 5, there will be a carp streamer parade during the day and an illuminated portable shrine parade at night. A symposium on the relationship between Tokyo rivers and people today and LED lighting art will be held on May 6.

When: May 5- 6
Admission: Free
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How will you spend your Golden Week?

 2012/04/26 07:36  この記事のURL  / 
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