Japan's Miss Universe

Saturday, August 1, 2009
What do you think of this Kimono do or don't?



After being criticized for her outfit being to revealing. Japan's candidate for the 2009 Miss Universe pageant will make adjustments to her costume.

“Considering the opinions we got from many supporters and other people concerned, we decided to make the hemline.. of the costume longer,” IBG Japan

What do you think of this kimono? I understand what shes going for but I think it should be a little longer.
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(video) Mihimaru GT- Switch

Friday, July 31, 2009
New MV from Mihimaru GT



Mihimaru Gt will be apart of the coming asian song festival. The festival will be held Seoul this October. What do you think of Mihimaru's new song? It is slowly becoming one of my favorites from them. Read More......

Will Kangta return after millitary service?

Kangta's before and after millitary service. He looks like an adjussi (old man) in the after pic haha, but still very cute =)














A survey was conducted last week to see which male celebrity was the most likely to return after completing millitary service. Kangta won, recieving 22.1% of the votes.

After kangta released his last mini album "Eternity" in March '08, he decided to enter the millitary to complete the mandatory 2-year millitary service in April '08. Kangta wont be discharged from the army until mid-2010. We'll have to wait and see what his decision will be.

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Asian Song Festival 2009 - Free Admission!





















Girl's Generation and Super Junior have been selected to represent South Korea in this years' Asia Song Festival, which will be held in northwestern Seoul in October at the Sangam World Cup Stadium. Im so proud of them! This will be a great opportunity.

The Asian Song festival is an internationally famous event that represents singers and pop group from 9 countries such as South Korean, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Performers such as Gackt and Mihimaru GT (Japan), Li Ming (HK), K-Otic (Thailand), Ho Ngoc Ha (Vietnam), and Agnes Monica (Indonesia), etc.

Ticket passes will be available in September on the festival's website at www.asf.or.kr

Too bad I can't go =(

Update: Sorry again for the misunderstanding about the tickets. I was really confused as to whether they were free or not, but they are FREE! You can print your ticket passes online at the website above. Priority is given to foreigners travelling to South Korea, so this is good. So all who are planning to go get your tickets fast because tickets are running out!

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Drama "Style"

























Anyone who enjoyed the movie "The Devil Wears Prada" and loves fashion will love this drama. "Style" will be broadcasting this August starting tomorrow! It's about love, lifestyle and trends of people in the fashion industry; based on a chic-novel written by fashion reporter Baek Young-ok. This drama stars Kim Hye-soo, Ryu Si-won, Lee Ji-ah and Lee Yong-woo.

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Congratulations Miyavi and Melody!

Singers Miyavi and Melody welcome a baby girl into the world.

Below is taken from Miyavi's myspace


Current mood: adored

dear co-miyavi all over the world,
thanks for ur kind messages and comments !!

my lovely baby was born finally yesterday 07/29 at 4:40 PM
after 20 hours of labor at the hospital.

and lemme say sorry that i ended up putting this blog up late
cuz i passed up last night right away when i came back home...

anyway now its morning here,
i still totally cant believe that im a dad now.

but im sure that she is my girl !!

please welcome my daughter to co-miyavi family
and much love for u guys too !!

M



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Son Dambi's debut in sports drama "Dream"

Singer Son Dambi, mostly known for ther singing and dancing skills, has tried acting before in Hollywood, but it wasn't much of a success. However, this summer she has recently made her acting debut in new sports drama, "Dream." Son Dambi worked very hard to be fit for her role. She started taking taebo 3 months before the drama and lost a bit of weight, but she continued working on her skills, practising up to 6 hours a day 0_0..intense. Hope all her work pays off. I watched the first part of the 1st episode..looks interesting.


Here's a preview



Dream is about a boy, Lee Jang Suk (Kim Bum) who spent time in a juvenile detention center for stealing wallets. After he gets out, he meets a sports agent, Nam Jae Il (Joo Jin Mo) who helps him achieve his dreams of becoming a top mixed martial arts boxer. Son Dambi plays as taebo teacher, Lee So Yeon, the daughter of a mixed martial arts academy director.

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MTS First Drama

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Just late night drama searching, like I usually do, and I stumbled upon Hana Kimi (Taiwanese
version).



I remember my first time watching this drama in Summer '07. It was the first Asian drama I'd ever seen..on dial-up (a very painful experience>_<) but it was worth it and I've loved Asian dramas ever since then. Hana Kimi stars Ella Chen, from girl group S.H.E, and very hot Wu Chun, from boy band Farenheit. I really recommend watching this drama. It's very cute and funny, for those who love melodramatic acting.

Youtube wont allow me to post the entire episode, but here's a sample.



There is also a Japanese version of this drama for those who are interested, staring very talented actors such as Horikita Maki, Ikuta Toma, Oguri Shun, Mizushima Hiro, Yamapi and many others.


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BoA(보아) Energetic MV

Energetic is track 2 of her new English album "BoA"



I love it! Energetic is a very catchy song, like most of BoA's music. It makes me wanna dance..if only I could. Love the beat, the dance and her hair's awesome! I can't wait to hear the rest. I really hope she will succeed here and people will finally realize great talent from Asia in the US.

Check out her other MV!

I did it for love



I'm loving the dancing, the footwork looks complicated. opinions?
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How much do you love 2NE1?

Do you love them this much?



The part where he goes I like you CL, I Love you CL CLCLCL is just a lil creepy. Great song though. Would you make a song for your favorite band or group? Read More......

Erika Sawajiri's comeback..ever??

Erika Sawajiri has been facing a lot of scrutiny from the Japanese media since last years' incidents. One including her big PR disaster last year (responding "betsu ni," meaning nothing special when asked about her role in a new movie "Closed Note") and acting in a very rude and unprofessional way..gaining her the name "Erika-sama" for her uptight attitude. Also, her very surprising marriage to 44 yr old Takashiro Tsuyoshi in January.

There are rumors that she will be making her comeback this year as the lead female (Mori Yuki) in a live action "Space Battleship Yamato" film directed by Ishiguro Noboru, but it hasn't been confirmed yet because she doesn't seem to want to return to Japan from travelling with her husband. Personally, I don't know much about Erika, except that she has a lot of talent. She's a great actress and singer. I'm really rooting for her comeback..hopefully. Erika, Ganbatte!
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(video) Nami Tamaki- Friends

Wednesday, July 29, 2009
New MV out from Nami Tamaki

Check it out!


This is Nami's 17th single. I love the dance in this one very cute and matches the song. The beginning of the video had me thinking something was wrong with my speakers though. Her CD for the single was released today. Her vocals have been compared to Ayumi Hamasaki and her dancing abilities to BOA. What do you think?
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(video) KARA- Wanna

Kara's new music video "Wanna" released
Check it out!


Korean girl group KARA, like Brown Eyed Girls, is also dropping the cutesy look for a more mature and sexy image. Today KARA released their music video for the title song ”Wanna” of their comeback album “Revolution”. What do you think of KARAs new image/MV? I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I'm sure it will grow on me.
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Jolin Tsai and Rain expand into other industries

Earlier this year both Rain (Korea) and Jolin Tsai (Taiwan) unleashed their new clothing lines. Do you see a trend here? Even though originally pop stars, they both seem to be gaining success in the fashion industry.

Rain is no longer just and actor/singer, but also the head designer and main model of his new brand Six to Five. His brand covers items from leather boots, jackets, cute tops and denim shorts with a hint of edginess. Even, singer lee Hyori was seen wearing clothing from his women's line. He doesn't see himself as a designer, but someone who likes comfortable, but fashionable clothes. Rain plans to expand his brand across Asia, Europe and the U.S.



Jolin Tsai's cloting line 72 Changes has also made success in New York, partnering with L.A.M.B and Saks 5th Avenue to launch her fashion line in Soho, New York. The name 72 Changes comes from one of her best selling albums, Magic (2003). Her brand covers rock, disco, street jazz, and sweet styles. 72 Changes is now being sold in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and other major cities in Asia.

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Words of the week- Japanese Introduction

Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Lets learn some easy/basic Japanese shall we!
Here's how you would introduce yourself in Japanese!

Hajimemashite!
How do you do? lit. I'm meeting you for the first time

watashi wa name desu.
I am ______

[watashi wa] Amerika-jin desu. [ ] can be omited
I am _______

[watashi wa] school name no gakusei desu.
I am a ______ student

[watashi wa]
company name no shain desu
I am a _______ employee

Dozo yoroshiku Onegai shimasu!

Pleased to meet you lit. Please be nice to me

Here are some countries for you!

Chuugoku- China
Doitsu- Germany
Furansu- France
Ingurando- England
Itaria- Italy
Mekishiko- Mexico
Oosutoraria- Austraila
Kanada- Canada

Knowing how to introduce yourself is always a good idea. Lets get some practice in.

Introduce yourself!
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Tae Yeon Hospitalized

Right after SNSD's performance at SBS Inkigayo on July 26th, Tae Yeon seemed to have flu-like symptoms and was taken to the hospital. When she reached the emergency room, she was in stable condition, apart from having a high fever and swollen tonsil.

SM Entertainment released that Tae Yeon is recovering and will be up and ready to promote SNSD's song Genie from their new mini album.





Hope you feel better Tae Yeon!
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Jerry Yan and Ella Chen in upcoming drama



Jerry Yan, member of taiwanese boy band JVKV (formerly F4) and Ella Chen, member of S.H.E team up for the first time in new GTV drama "Just Want to Depend on You."

Jerry will play as a ruthless lawyer and Ella, a nanny who takes care of 2 children. In the drama, for whatever reason, Jerry mistakes her as a lesbian! It seems Ella is always being mistaken as something in dramas (anybody remembers Hana Kimi?). However, later on he will develop a relationship with her and the 2 children.

Here is a video of their press conference (Jerry and Ella talking about the drama)



Jerry and Ella have never met before, but in filming they seem to have great chemistry. Jerry is very confident and Ella, with her extroverted nature, is always joking around. Hopefully this anticipated drama will be awesome.
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(video) Superfly- Koisuru Hitomi wa Utsukushi, Yasashii Kimochi de

Superfly- Koisuru hitomi wa Utsukushi




The group Superfly has announced, that it will be releasing a limited edition version of their 2nd album Box Emotions. The limited edition includes a bonus DVD featuring music videos. If you havent heard of supefly I think its time you got into them. Their 2nd album will be released September 2nd. I absolutely love her voice. What do you think of Superfly?

Check out this songstress's amazing voice!
New MV
Superfly- Yasashii Kimochi de

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S.H.E is Forever Cute

S.H.E, a taiwanese girls group, goes for the very cute look in their new MV Forever Cute, a commercial theme song for the online game Luna.
















Check out their new video!


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(video) Scandal- Shoujo S

Monday, July 27, 2009
New Scandal MV Shojo S



Scandal is made up of four high school friends, who love music. They decided to write and play music, while managing their regular school lives. With hard work as time went on the band became more and more popular. How many all girl rock bands do you know of? Exactly. That's why we need more. You may also recognize this song from Bleach (anime)as the 10th opening theme. What do you think of Scandals? I know I love their pop rock sound as well as the energy the put into their music. side note- the guy at the end of the video is really hilarious to me laughing while the girls are laughing at him.

Bleach 10th Opening Check it out!

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Words of the week - Eateries in Korea

Lets learn some easy/basic Korean shall we!


These are some common places/things you'll go to and see in Korea. Its always a good idea to know how its said and what they are.

To get a better view of the chart, click the image.
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Make It Yourself - Asian fusion dish

Dubu Wanja Tuignim (Tofu ball fry), fried mushrooms and Japanese Rice
TOFU BALL FRY:
Ingredients~

Tofu - 40 ounces
Peeled Shrimp - 3.5 ounces or 100g
Green onion - 1/2 stalk
Red pepper - 2 pieces
Ginger juice - 1/2 tsp
Egg - 1
Flour/Starch powder - 2 tbsp
Salad oil - 3 cups
Pepper and salt - to your taste

Preparations~
1.) Take out the tofu and drain the water; use a paper towel to get out the excess. Then, using hands mash it finely.
2.) Chop shrimp, green onion and red pepper.
3.) Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them well by hand. Add the egg and starch powder or flour and mix again.
4.) Shape the misture into 1-inch balls and fry them in salad oil at medium heat.
5.) Serve with a seasoning dip (2tbsp soy sauce and 2 tsp vinegar). Mix well.
FRIED MUSHROOMS:
Ingredients~

Mushrooms - 6 whole pieces (or however many you like)
Cooking oil - to cover base of frying pan

Preparations~
1.) Fry till light brown/cooked. Can also be served with seasoning dip.
JAPANESE RICE:
Ingedients~

Japanese rice - 1 cup
Water - 1 1/5 cup (water should be 1/2 inch above rice level)
Deep pan

Preparations~
1.) Wash rice with cold water in a colander until water becomes clear.
2.) Place rice in a pan or rice cooker and add water. Let rice soak for at least 30mins.
3.) If using a pan, cover the pan with a lid and bring to a boil with high heat. The turn heat to low and cook for 15 to 20mins untill water is almost gone.
4.) Remove from heat and let the rice steam in pan for about 10mins.
Serve and enjoy!

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(video) Gackt- Flower

Sunday, July 26, 2009
New Gackt MV for his song flower.



A lovely song by Gackt, in which he shows off his amazing voice. I think the MV is pretty normal not as over the top as some off Gackt's other videos. Is it me or does he not seem to age?? amazing voice either way though. A 5th single is going to be released by Gackt on August, 5th. The title is still unknown. I wonder what kind of song his next release will be.
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Kara teases us some more



Kara releases a photo for their comeback album “Revolution”.Comeback stage and album release are set for July 31st.

The Track list is:

01. 미스터 (Mister)
02. Wanna (Title Song)
03. 마법 (Magic)
04. 몰래몰래 (Secretly Secretly)
05. Let It Go
06. Take A Bow
07. AHA
08. 똑 같은 맘 (Same Heart)
09. Wanna (Instrumental)
10. 마법 (Magic) (Instrumental)

Teaser video for wanna check it out!



Reminds me a little bit of 4 minute. I think its mostly the clothes though. Whats your thoughts?
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SBS Inkigayo (07/26/09)

2pm+2ne1+BEGs = awesome

SBS Inkigayo features new releases in the Kpop industry with singers and bands performing their latest work.

Taekyeon and Woo Young, members of 2pm were the new hosts of SBS Inkigayo. 2pm' s MC debut stage was well done and creative.




Brown eyed girls also performed their songs candy man and Abracadabra. I think they did a great job in changing the dance (Ga-in pt from vid) but keeping it sexy. Miryo's (rapper) sunglasses are hot, amazing vocals, and choregraphy check it out! Think they did a good job?




Congratulations to 2NE1 for winning #1 at SBS Inkigayo today!



There where many other performances by Shinee,2ne1, SNSD, FT Island, Lee Jung Hyun,R tripper, Cool, Hung Jin Young, and Rani.

Whats Your thoughts on Inkigayo?
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