Ske48 Member Sakai Mei To Graduate

SKE48 member Sakai Mei to graduateOn February 16, SKE48 member Sakai Mei announced her graduation during 'SKE48 Festival' at SKE48 Theater.
Sakai is planning on graduating in late-March. With this, her participation in AKB48's handshake event for their album "Thumbnail" has been canceled.


Close-Knit11-year-old Tomo (Rinka Kakihara) lives with mother Hiromi (Mimura), but Hiromi decides to give up on her and leaves their home. Tomo, now all alone, visits her uncle Makio's (Kenta Kiritani) home. Makio lives with his beautiful girlfriend Rinko (Toma Ikuta). Rinko was born as a man and now works as a caregiver at a home for the elderly. Tomo is a little confused by the situation, but they begin to live as a family.

Traces Of Sin

Traces of SinAn elite salary man, his wife and and their child are murdered by an unknown assailant. The case initially made the headlines, but it is now an unsolved case.
One year later, Tanaka (Satoshi Tsumabuki) begins to cover the unsolved murder case. He is a reporter for a weekly magazine.

Barbecued Japanese Rice Cakes (onigiri)

Barbecued Japanese rice cakes (onigiri)This is a very authentic, traditional Japanese recipe. Heat up the barbecue and in minutes you'll have rice cakes clutched in your hands.

2 cups premium short-grain rice or sushi rice
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Mild Winter Brings Cherry Blossoms To Izu 10 Days Early

Mild winter brings cherry blossoms to Izu 10 days earlyAn unseasonably warm January led to an even earlier-than-usual bloom for the famed Kawazu cherry trees here, to the delight of visitors pouring in for a flower viewing festival.
The trees, which always bloom earlier than other cherry species, are already reaching their peak along the Kawazugawa river, about 10 days earlier than usual.

Miffy Creator Dick Bruna Fondly Remembered As Japanophile

Miffy creator Dick Bruna fondly remembered as JapanophileThe life and work of Dutch illustrator and author Dick Bruna, who passed away on Feb. 16, will no doubt be cherished in many different ways -- with the main one probably being his cartoon creation "Miffy."
However, it is also worth remembering that the man behind the globally renowned cartoon rabbit was a passionate Japanophile with a deep interest in the country's culture and current affairs.

Harajuku Girl In Pastel Twintails W/ Hoodie, Pleated Skirt, Randoseru & Swankiss Shoes

Harajuku Girl in Pastel Twintails w/ Hoodie, Pleated Skirt, Randoseru & Swankiss ShoesShukufuku is a Japanese idol with long pastel twintails who caught our eye on the street in Harajuku.
Shukufuku is wearing an illustrated hoodie the Harajuku kawaii subculture boutique Candye Syrup over a playing cards print shirt, a pleated skirt, and faux fur platform shoes by the Japanese brand Swankiss. Accessories include a decorated muffler, white fishnet stockings, and a white randoseru (Japanese school backpack).

Dvmvge, Devilish & Ktz Fashion With Blue Hair On The Street

DVMVGE, Devilish & KTZ Fashion with Blue Hair on the StreetLayla is a 19-year-old fashion student who we sometimes see around the streets of Harajuku.
In addition to a blue hairstyle, Layla’s look includes a brands and media icons graphic sweatshirt by the Taiwanese streetwear brand DVMVGE (Damage) along with short shorts from Glad News, striped knee socks, and Punyus platform shoes. Accessories include a Devilish (also from Taiwan) choker, KTZ beret, DVMVGE headband, DVMVGE garter, and an NBA Brooklyn Nets sackpack.

Versace Madonna & Child Leather Jacket, Ysl, Alice Black

Versace Madonna & Child Leather Jacket, YSL, Alice BlackRyunosuke is a 16-year-old high school student who caught our eye on the street in Harajuku.
His iconic Madonna and Child studded leather jacket is by Versace worn over layered tops from YSL and Paul Smith, striped pants by the punk-inspired streetwear brand 99%is and patent leather shoes. Accessories include Alice Black earrings, Pupa sunglasses, Vetements socks, and zipper gloves by Cyberdyne.

Japan’s Tallest ‘hina Doll’ Tower Rises 7 Meters High In Saitama

Japan’s tallest ‘hina doll’ tower rises 7 meters high in Saitama“Hina” doll fans will be in seventh heaven at the sight of a 7-meter-high “hinadan” pyramid--Japan’s tallest--set up at a mall here for Hina Matsuri, the traditional Girls' Day festival.
About 1,800 hina dolls from all over the country were carefully placed on each of the hinadan’s 31 red-carpeted tiers at the Elumi Konosu Shopping Mall on Feb. 16.

Music Comes First For Back Number

Music comes first for back numberThree-piece rock band back number is gaining tremendous popularity among young people.
The band recently released its first greatest-hits album “Encore,” compiling 32 songs, including “Hanataba” (Bouquet) a tune that carried the band to fame, and “Christmas Song,” which gained popularity as the opening theme song for a TV drama. The album is a good piece for tracing the band’s history.