Kabuki Actor Ebizo To Assume The Name Of Danjuro

Kabuki actor Ebizo to assume the name of Danjuro

Kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo says he will assume his family's prestigious stage name of Danjuro next year.

Ebizo told reporters at the Kabukiza theater in Tokyo on Monday that he will become the 13th actor to use the name Ichikawa Danjuro, beginning with a performance in May next year.

Actor Tsugawa Masahiko Passes Away Due To Heart Failure

Actor Tsugawa Masahiko passes away due to heart failure

It's been reported that actor Tsugawa Masahiko (real name Kato Masahiko) has passed away on August 4 due to heart failure. He was 78 years old. His funeral was already held with close family and friends, but a public memorial service is scheduled to be held in the coming days. 

Since making his acting debut in 1956's 'Kurutta Kajitsu,' Tsugawa has starred in numerous movies, dramas, and plays. He comes from family of talent - his grandfather is director Makino Shozo, father, actor Sawamura Kunitaro, mother, actress Makino Tomoko, and elder brother, actor Nagato Hiroyuki. In 1973, he married actress Asaoka Yukiji. 

Kyogen Actor To Direct Tokyo 2020 Ceremonies

Kyogen actor to direct Tokyo 2020 ceremonies

The organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have appointed Kyogen actor Nomura Mansai as chief director of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 events.

The organizing committee made the announcement on Monday.

Actor Kanai Yuta Announces The Birth Of His Second Child

Actor Kanai Yuta announces the birth of his second child

On June 10, actor Kanai Yuta (33) updated his blog announcing the birth of his second child. 

Kanai made his acting debut in 'Zukkoke Sannin Gumi ~Kaitou x Monogatari~' back in 1998 and won Rookie of the Year in 'The 24th Japan Academy Awards' with 'Juugosai Gakkou IV'. Besides this, he's starred in 'Kokuhaku' (2009), 'Kimi ni Todoke' (2010), and the NHK Taiga drama, 'Gou' (2011), and more. 

Actor Sakaguchi Kenji Announces Indefinite Hiatus

Actor Sakaguchi Kenji announces indefinite hiatus

On March 31, actor Sakaguchi Kenji (42) announced via his agency that he will go on indefinite hiatus. 

Since about three years ago, the actor had been limiting himself to work due to pain in his right hip. In his announcement, he revealed that he has an incurable disease called idiopathic osteonecrosis of the femoral head. He also announced that he would be resigning from his agency, K DASH, at the end of May. 

Sekai No Owari's Fukase And Actor Kamiki Ryunosuke Are Brothers In Pv For 'sazanka'

SEKAI NO OWARI's Fukase and actor Kamiki Ryunosuke are brothers in PV for 'Sazanka'

SEKAI NO OWARI have revealed the PV for their new song "Sazanka" via YouTube. 

"Sazanka" was written as the theme song for NHK's broadcast of the PyeongChang Olympic and Paralympic Games. Fukase (Vo) drafted the original plan for the PV, and Fujishiro Yuichiro directed it by telling a heartwarming story of two brothers played by Fukase and actor Kamiki Ryunosuke. 

Kabuki Actor Urges Foreign Fans To Savor Beauty Of Japanese Art Form

Kabuki actor urges foreign fans to savor beauty of Japanese art form

While words may be a barrier to fully understanding an artistic performance abroad, Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo on Thursday urged spectators from overseas to enjoy the traditional Japanese art for the beauty of its "form."

"There is the language barrier. When I go abroad and watch performances there, even if I do not understand all the meaning, there is something that I can relate to," Ebizo said at Kabukiza Theatre during an event of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Tokyo Int'l Film Festival Opens, U.s. Actor Jones Walks Red Carpet

Tokyo int'l film festival opens, U.S. actor Jones walks red carpet

The 30th Tokyo International Film Festival opened Wednesday, with award-winning U.S. actor and filmmaker Tommy Lee Jones among a host of celebrities taking a stroll down the red carpet amid the cold and intermittent rain in the Japanese capital.

Jones heads a five-member jury for the festival's main competition section, where 15 entries will vie for the top Tokyo Grand Prix award. The works, to be shown during the festival's run through Nov. 3, were selected from 1,538 titles from 88 countries and regions.

Actor Yoshio Inoue Announces Debut Single "kaze No Olivastro"

Actor Yoshio Inoue Announces Debut Single "Kaze no Olivastro"Actor Yoshio Inoue will be releasing his first single "Kaze no Olivastro" on October 4.
"Kaze no Olivastro" was originally written by composer Akira Miyagawa as the theme song to the TV program "AQUOS Bijutsukan "Kakute Meiga wa Umare ta"". It was written as a classical music piece, and lyrics were later added by Yuko Yasuda.

Kanda Sayaka To Marry Actor Murata Mitsu

Kanda Sayaka to marry actor Murata Mitsu

Kanda Sayaka is marrying actor Murata Mitsu. 

Kanda updated her official Instagram account on April 26 following a media report. She announced to her fans, "I, Kanda Sayaka, will marry Murata Mitsu-san. I will devote myself even more to enrich my work. It would make me happy if you would watch over us warmly."

Nissan Signs Actor Margot Robbie As Its First Electric Vehicle Ambassador

Nissan signs actor Margot Robbie as its first electric vehicle ambassadorActor Margot Robbie has been revealed as Nissan's new electric vehicle (EV) ambassador by racing the carmaker's radical all-electric BladeGlider sports car around the world-famous Monaco Grand Prix circuit, at midnight.
The prototype 190km/h Nissan BladeGlider, which hits 100km/h in less than five seconds, challenges the conventional thinking of what an all-electric sports car could look like in the future. Showcasing all the fun and excitement of pure electric vehicles, the prototype is part of Nissan's Intelligent Mobility vision of how cars should be driven, powered and integrated into society.

Actor Kagawa Teruyuki Divorces Wife

Actor Kagawa Teruyuki divorces wifeIt's been reported that actor Kagawa Teruyuki (51) has divorced his wife.
In a Daily Sports interview, Kagawa's agency stated, "We are not deeply involved with this, so we have not grasped the situation. They are adults, so we do not know about their private matters."

'kamen Rider' Actor Snares Fleeing Man Accused Of Taking Upskirt Footage

'Kamen Rider' actor snares fleeing man accused of taking upskirt footageAn actor from the Japanese superhero television series "Kamen Rider Ryuki" on Dec. 7 chased and collared a man accused of filming up his wife's skirt, police said.

Actor Satoshi Matsuda, 37, handed the 35-year-old suspect, a resident of the Kyoto Prefecture city of Nagaokakyo, to Kyoto Prefectural Police. Officers arrested the 35-year-old on suspicion of violating a prefectural ordinance banning people from creating a public nuisance.