Osaka Version Of Akb48

NMB47 Osaka GroupAn Osaka version of the all-female pop group AKB48 will debut in January, its agency said.

Dubbed NMB48, it will be the third all-girl band produced by Yasushi Akimoto that "fans can meet," after AKB48 in Tokyo and SKE48 in Nagoya.

Flumpool Band

FlumpoolFlumpool (stylized as flumpool) is a four-man Japanese pop-rock band

The band, originally from the Osaka Prefecture, was formed in January 2007. The band's name is derived from the English word "four", since there are four members, they took the first letter "F", along with the word meaning mass, "lump" and the word "pool".

Tezuka Osamu’s Hidamari No Ki

Tezuka Osamu’s Hidamari no KiTezuka Osamu’s manga “Hidamari no Ki” is getting a new stage adaptation next spring, starring actor Kamikawa Takaya and singer Kikkawa Koji.

The new play is being directed and written by Kashida Shogo of the Gekidan Hounan Gumi theater troupe.

Hatsune Miku Goes Global With Dvd Release

Hatsune Miku goes global with DVD releaseA live concert featuring Hatsune Miku and other virtual singing idols held in Sapporo will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 16, it has been announced.

To celebrate, a special screening event will be held at three movie theaters in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka the day before the release, digital entertainment content distributor Live Viewing Japan Inc. said.

Sato Takeru, Ishihara Satomi To Star On Stage

Sato Takeru, Ishihara Satomi to star on stageJapanese actor Sato Takeru (22) and actress Ishihara Satomi (24) will play the leads in a new production of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

For Sato, this will be his first time acting in a stage play, let alone starring in one.

Nmb48 To Get Regular Tv Program

NMB48 to get regular TV programNMB48, sister group to the ever-so-popular AKB48, has just landed its first regular TV program, titled “Naniwanadeshiko!”

The girl group straight from Osaka has made their advancement into the capital of Tokyo.

Princess Toyotomi

Princess ToyotomiPrincess Toyotomi (????? ????) is a Japanese movie directed by Masayuki Suzuki and based on a Naoki Prize-nominated novel by Manabu Makime. It will be released by Toho in Japan on May 28, 2011.

Cardboard Robots Win Kids Hearts

Cardboard robots win kids heartsMany of us remember making one or two toy models in our childhood, but Masahiko Senda has made model making his life's work.

The 59-year-old computer support shop operator has built more than 10,000 toy planes, dolls and other models since catching the bug as a junior high school student.

Kuniyoshi Goldfish Rediscovered

Kuniyoshi goldfish rediscoveredUtagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), one of the greatest ukiyo-e artists, was famed for his flamboyant images and outrageous ideas. His works are popular not only among ukiyo-e collectors at home and abroad, but also among contemporary designers and young people today.

Okinawan Epic The Tempest

The TempestA stage adaptation of novelist Eiichi Ikegami's 2008 historical epic "The Tempest" will be performed with a stellar cast from March 5-20 at Shin-Kabukiza in Osaka.

Set in the Ryukyu Kingdom (now Okinawa Prefecture) in the closing years of the Edo Period (1603-1867), the story describes the power struggle between Japan and China's Qing Dynasty as both attempt to put the islands under their control.

Rokudenashi Takuboku

Rokudenashi Takuboku"Rokudenashi Takuboku" (No-goodnik Takuboku), a play inspired by the short life of poet Takuboku Ishikawa (1886-1912), who died at 27, runs through Feb. 13 at Theater Brava in Osaka.

This new production is written and directed by Koki Mitani, who was fascinated by the conflicting accounts of the poet's reputation.

Eco Friendly Taxi Stand Osaka

Nissan Leaf TaxiA stand for eco-friendly taxis such as electric vehicles and hybrid cars opened Monday at JR Osaka Station. The facility is said to be the first eco-friendly taxi stand serving a train station, but due apparently to low public recognition, no passengers were seen using the stand when it began operation at 7 a.m.

Tokugawa Ieyasu

Grave of IeyasuTokugawa Ieyasu ( January 31, 1543 – June 1, 1616) was the founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan which ruled from the Battle of Sekigahara  in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Ieyasu seized power in 1600, received appointment as shogun in 1603, abdicated from office in 1605, but remained in power until his death in 1616. His given name is sometimes spelled Iyeyasu, according to the historical pronunciation of we.