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Chintzy news from celeb city

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Chintzy news from Celeb City

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Chintzy news from Celeb City

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Chintzy news from Celeb City

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Chintzy news from Celeb City

Aug 4, 2011 | No Comments | 612 views
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Which women personify lilies, and other fripperies

Jul 21, 2011 | No Comments | 646 views
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Japanese-American model Jun Hasegawa, 25, announced on her blog recently that she will marry a Hawaiian man in the near future…Former AKB48 member Shiho Watanabe, 23, has won second place in the Miss Earth Japan contest. The top prize in the pageant was won by 24-year-old Tomoko Maeda…Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo has returned to the ...

Jul 14, 2011 | No Comments | 735 views
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“Jade,” the long-awaited new single from X Japan, was released June 28 in North America, Europe and Latin America, and is scheduled for a July 13 release in Japan, where a full-length “Jade” ringtone will go on sale… Ryoko Yonekura and Yasufumi Terawaki are currently appearing as Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler in the Japanese ...

Jun 30, 2011 | No Comments | 793 views
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AKB48 are celebrating their best-selling album to date after it was announced this week that their latest release Koko ni ita yo debuted at No. 1 in the Oricon rankings on June 20 after selling 602,000 copies in its first week… TV personality Emiri Henmi and actor husband Kenji Matsuda held their wedding ceremony at ...

Jun 20, 2011 | No Comments | 709 views
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Popular singer Kii Kitano recently modeled the latest wedding dress from internationally renowned bridal fashion designer Yumi Katsura. She took the opportunity to tell the media that when it is her turn to marry, “I’ll be the one who pushes things forward. I don’t mind proposing to a guy”… Actresses Meisa Kuroki and Mikako Tabe ...

Jun 16, 2011 | No Comments | 874 views
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Kaori Manabe, Japan’s blog queen, started blogging again on May 31 (her 31st birthday) after an absence of over a year. Manabe stopped updating her popular blog in January of last year before closing the site down in October. Sources close to the television personality and model say that when Manabe was updating her blog ...

Jun 9, 2011 | No Comments | 654 views
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Former Morning Musume member Mari Yaguchi and actor Masaya Nakamura have tied the knot; at 192cm in height, Nakamura towers 47.5cm over his new wife… Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao met with Japanese pop group SMAP during his recent visit to Tokyo and expressed hope that their songs will help to bloom flowers of friendship between ...

Jun 1, 2011 | No Comments | 850 views
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Gravure model Miyui Uehara, 24, died after apparently hanging herself at her apartment in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward earlier this month. Uehara was the youngest of 10 children who left the family to become a model. Uehara, whose real name was Mutsumi Fujisaki, was dubbed the “poverty idol” by the media. She became popular on TV ...

May 23, 2011 | No Comments | 0 views
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Model Marie held Japan’s first Twitter fashion show, explaining 14 outfits live from the event at the X-girl store in Jingumae… Perfume, the Japanese girl group from Hiroshima, is to lend their hit song “Polyrhythm” to Pixar for use in the upcoming animated movie Cars 2, which opens July 30… Johnny Depp, who was unable ...

May 19, 2011 | No Comments | 1,034 views
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Fashion model Anne was chosen as the face of the new Tokyo Metro “Tokyo Wonderground” ad campaign recently… The bidding on the piano formerly owned by Yoshiki, leader of the popular rock band X Japan, has closed at ¥11,001,000 with the money going to help earthquake victims…Celebrity Papaya Suzuki is this year’s campaign character for ...

May 12, 2011 | No Comments | 670 views
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Popular movie stars Koyuki and Kenichi Matsuyama recently tied the knot. The couple met when they co-starred in the 2009 film Kamui Gaiden… Avex’s annual nationwide summer concert tour, A-Nation, will feature AKB48, Every Little Thing, Ayumi Hamasaki, Do As Infinity, Kumi Koda, Ami Suzuki, AAA, Maki Goto, GIRL NEXT DOOR, ICONIQ, mihimaru GT, SEAMO ...

May 6, 2011 | No Comments | 1,689 views
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Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa, 33, who has been keeping a low profile since his reputation took a battering in a bar brawl late last year, is set to make his stage comeback in July, Shochiku announced in a fax sent to news outlets… Actress Noriko Sakai, 40, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison—suspended ...

Apr 21, 2011 | No Comments | 873 views
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Shiho Ochi, 27, who records music under the moniker Superfly, has released a song to raise money for earthquake relief. Proceeds from the sale of the new song, titled You & Me, will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross… Members of SMAP and other Japanese celebrities, including soccer players Yuto Nagatomo, Atsuto Uchida and ...

Apr 12, 2011 | No Comments | 1,477 views
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The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) has announced the addition of singers Miliyah Kato and Mai Kuraki to its 2011 “LOVE in Action Meeting” event, to be held in June at Tokyo Budokan to promote blood donation awareness among Japan’s young generation… Legendary rock band Kiss has canceled its upcoming tour of Japan, which was ...

Mar 30, 2011 | No Comments | 1,064 views
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The mother of troubled actress Erika Sawajiri says her daughter recently visited the parents of her ex-husband, media producer Tsuyoshi Takashiro, to apologize for the divorce… Mao Kobayashi, the TV personality and wife of disgraced kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo, is pregnant with the couple’s first child… Model Yu Yamada is doing PR shtick for Schick’s ...

Mar 10, 2011 | No Comments | 880 views
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Pop superstar Namie Amuro will release a “best of” album of collaborations on March 23. Titled Checkmate!, the disc features 13 collaborations with a total of 23 artists, including American rapper Lil Wayne and K-pop group After School… Former singer Kenichi Hagiwara, 60, popularly known as “Shoken,” has married model Rika Tomita, 48—his fifth marriage ...

Mar 3, 2011 | No Comments | 671 views
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Model Minami Akina will play a 20-year-old surrogate mother in the upcoming NHK drama Madonna Verde, premiering April 12… Inspired by the popularity of AKB48, an all-boy idol group based in Osaka’s Minami district will be formed in mid-March following what promise to be grueling auditions… TV personality Yuka is campaigning for “Purple Dial,” a ...

Feb 24, 2011 | No Comments | 929 views
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Softbank commercial actress Aya Ueto has designed a new line of wedding dresses under her label, U Aya Ueto Dresses… Television personality Becky has been named the ambassador of Universal Studios Japan’s tenth anniversary celebrations, and will perform the official theme song, “Good Lucky!!!!!,” with mystery band GReeeeN, whose faces have never been made public… ...

Feb 17, 2011 | No Comments | 1 views
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Singer Crystal Kay, 24, has cancelled her 11-concert Japan tour—due to start in mid-February—because of a kidney ailment… The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has appointed singer Sachiko Kobayashi as its new “Rice Ambassador” as part of a campaign to boost flagging sales of the grain… Pop group Arashi hopes to get into the ...

Feb 10, 2011 | No Comments | 547 views
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Bad-girl actress Erika Sawajiri has confirmed she is divorcing her husband, Tsuyoshi Takashiro. At a tearful press conference, Sawajiri told reporters that if the Japanese public could forgive her recent rebellious behavior, she would change her attitude… Tarento Mona Yamamoto has earned her MBA—from Wales University via a distance learning program… Veteran TV personality Masaaki ...

Feb 3, 2011 | No Comments | 980 views
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Bad-girl actress Erika Sawajiri, who recently returned to Japan after attempting to salvage her relationship with her husband, said she’s going to be based in Spain for a while… Megumi Yasu has been selected as this year’s Aomori Apple Queen. The actress-model extolled the virtues of the healthy fruit during an event to unveil the ...

Jan 27, 2011 | No Comments | 787 views
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Arashi was announced as the top-selling Japanese band of 2010 at the 25th annual Gold Disc Awards Ceremony, with 3,459,333 singles and 1,461,170 albums snapped up by fans… Movie director Takeshi Kitano, 63, is appearing in a new TV commercial for language school ECC, in which he speaks in English, French and Chinese… Hiro, the ...

Jan 20, 2011 | No Comments | 887 views
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After nearly four years and 9,000 auditions, pop group Morning Musume selected four new members to join the band… Disgraced kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa, who was involved in a pub brawl on November 25, has been dropped by sponsor Pip from a forthcoming ad campaign for the company’s Elekiban Z muscle patch… Pop idol Shoko ...

Jan 13, 2011 | No Comments | 814 views
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Actress Aya Ueto was Japan’s TV commercial queen in 2010, appearing in ads for 13 companies, according to media research firm Nihon Monitor. Fellow actresses Saki Aibu and Aoi Miyazaki were second and third, with 12 and 11 plugs, respectively… What was the most-watched video clip in Japan in 2010? According to the YouTube Rewind ...

Jan 6, 2011 | No Comments | 1,082 views
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Singer-actress Noriko Sakai, 39, who was convicted for methamphetamine use last year, says in her memoir Shokuzai (“Atonement”) that her husband talked her into using drugs when they were having marital problems… New all-girl pop group NMB48, a Kansai-based “sister unit” of Tokyo’s AKB48, will make their debut on New Year’s Day at a theater ...

Dec 16, 2010 | No Comments | 870 views
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Teen model Emi Takei, actor Ikki Sawamura (13 Assassins), 40-something sexpot Aya Sugimoto and J-league soccer star Yuji Nakazawa were named this year’s winners of the Best Dresser Awards, presented at a ceremony at the Grand Prince Hotel in Akasaka… Top kabuki star Ebizo Ichikawa, who sustained serious facial injuries in a restaurant brawl last ...

Dec 9, 2010 | No Comments | 1,251 views
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Pop singer Kumi Koda was named this year’s Nail Queen at the 25th annual Manicurist Association awards ceremony… The latest installment of Nissin Foods’ Cup Noodle commercials features footage of Bon Jovi performing “You Give Love a Bad Name” at London’s Wembley Stadium in 1995… Actress Chiaki Kuriyama (Kill Bill Vol 1) has been chosen ...

Dec 2, 2010 | No Comments | 518 views
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Popular AKB48 member Yuko Oshima says the all-girl J-pop ensemble will be spending Christmas by themselves, in line with the group’s no-dating rule on that day… This year’s team captains for popular New Year’s Eve music program Kohaku Uta Gassen will be actress-pianist Nao Matsushita and boy band Arashi… Actor Katsunori Takahashi and tarento Maomi ...

Nov 25, 2010 | No Comments | 726 views
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Singer Hikaru Utada has advised fans via Twitter not to buy her 16-track Utada the Best album when it goes on sale November 24, saying: “I don’t want to make fans pay for this because my heart is not in this release”… American model and singer Leah Dizon and her stylist husband Bun announced that ...

Nov 18, 2010 | No Comments | 825 views
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Actress Yuko Takeuchi (Flowers) is appearing in the music video for actress and singer Kou Shibasaki’s new single, “Euphoria.” Takeuchi plays the role of Shibasaki’s doppelganger… Actress and pianist Nao Matsushita and actor Ren Ohsugi, who co-starred in the recent NHK series Gegege no Nyobo, were named the winners of the 11th annual Best Formalist ...

Nov 11, 2010 | No Comments | 827 views
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South Korean heartthrob actor Bae Yong Joon, 38, popularly known as Yon-sama in Japan, has invited 600 of his fans to attend a formal photo shoot at Tokyo Dome on December 14… Actress Haruka Ayase (Mr Brain), 25, has been chosen to appear in KFC’s Christmas ad campaign, dressed in a cute Santa outfit… TV ...

Nov 4, 2010 | No Comments | 808 views
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Winners of this year’s Best Jeanist Awards, presented by the Japan Jeans Association to celebrities who look good in denim, are Kat-tun singer Kazuya Kamenashi, 24, pop diva Kumi Koda, 27, actor Kenta Kiritani (Beck), 30, AKB48’s Tomomi Itano, 19, and celebrity transvestite Ai Haruna, 38… Actress Ryoko Hirosue (Okuribito), 30, has married artist Candle ...

Oct 21, 2010 | No Comments | 1,323 views
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Sultry celeb Aya Sugimoto, 42, reveals in her just-released autobiography, Rebel Life, that she tried to commit suicide when she was 15… Tarento Suzanne, a native of Kumamoto Prefecture, is promoting the Sanyo-Kyushu Shinkansen Line ahead of the commencement of operations next March… British actor Orlando Bloom, 33 (Pirates of the Caribbean), has been recruited ...

Oct 14, 2010 | No Comments | 1,131 views
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TV personality Yuko Ogura donned an Earth Federation uniform from the Gundam animation series during a recent event in Akihabara to promote Softbank Mobile’s new anime-inspired cellphone… Japanese sexpot Norika Fujiwara joined top Taiwanese model Bianca Bai in Taipei recently to promote kiwi desserts for the Zespri brand… The members of all-girl pop group AKB48 ...

Oct 7, 2010 | No Comments | 1,179 views
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Singer Yuna Ito, 26, will provide the theme song for the NTV drama Ogon no Buta, her first such TV work in four years. The program will air on Wednesdays from October 20 at 10pm… Celebrating her 10th year in the spotlight, singer Kumi Koda, 27, is set to release an album of cover songs ...

Sep 30, 2010 | No Comments | 983 views
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Scandal magnet Erika Sawajiri, 24, took the top place in a recent survey of the celebrities who had received the most air time on TV so far this year, with over ten hours of coverage… Popular actress Keiko Kitagawa (Buzzer Beat), 24, who stars in a TV commercial for Asahi’s new Kutsurogi Shikomi happoshu, says, ...

Sep 23, 2010 | No Comments | 712 views
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Tarento Nozomi Tsuji, 23, who is a fixture on the family quiz show Hexagon, gave a bit of advice to newly married couples: “Have a good fight once in a while, and say everything you need to”… Actor Ken Watanabe, 50, appears in a new ad campaign by NTT Docomo featuring the iconic Star Wars ...

Sep 16, 2010 | No Comments | 860 views
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AKB48 member Atsuko Maeda, 19, reveals she loves the Twilight books and movies: “There is something sexy about the world of vampires. If my lover was a vampire, I’d want to become one, too.”… Former Morning Musume singer Miki Fujimoto, 25, says she usually does all the housework herself, including washing over 100 tank tops ...

Sep 9, 2010 | No Comments | 1,042 views
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During a promotional appearance for the NHK time-traveling drama Still Love You in 10 Years, actress Aya Ueto said she could empathize with her lovelorn character. “I am now 24 and yes, I’m thinking about marriage,” she said… Mega-popular J-pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki, 31, will release back-to-back singles over two weeks in September… The tabloids ...

Sep 2, 2010 | No Comments | 1,174 views
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Popular model-actress Norika Fujiwara, 39, will star in the Saturday night NHK drama Chance, which tells the story of a working woman who gets wrapped up in horseracing and the plight of one particular thoroughbred… Singer Hikaru Utada, 27, got more than 1 million hits on her blog in 24 hours after announcing on August ...

Aug 26, 2010 | No Comments | 1,367 views
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Pop singer Noriko Sakai, 39, who was convicted of stimulant drug use and possession last year, has divorced Yuichi Takaso, 42, who was also convicted on the same charges… J-pop superstars Smap will perform in Shanghai in October, making their first overseas appearance as a group… Exotic dancer Minako Komukai, 25, performed a bondage show ...

Aug 19, 2010 | No Comments | 986 views
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A scantily clad Kumi Koda made waves at Enoshima Beach during a one-day promotion for a new line of low-calorie foods created as a tie-up with convenience store chain 7-Eleven… Model Nozomi Sasaki, 22, is doing ads for Fujifilm’s new line of FinePix digital cameras dressed as a Wild West cowgirl… Tarento Marcia, 41, will ...

Aug 12, 2010 | No Comments | 1,080 views
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Singer Kumi Koda opened her own personalized “channel” on a streaming video service from July 7-12, attracting over 650,000 viewers… Aya Ueto, 24, is appearing with Yoshimoto comedians Chihara Junior, 36, Atsushi Tamura, 36, and Junichi Komoto, 35, in a new series of commercials for Oronamin C energy drink… Yuki Amami, 42, is starring in ...

Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments | 866 views
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Anzen Chitai rocker Koji Tamaki, 51, has a very devoted groupie on the band’s national tour: his girlfriend Noriko Aota, 42, who is giving concert-by-concert updates on her blog… All-girl pop group Morning Musume helped kick off Japan Expo in Paris earlier this month… Actress Maki Horikita (Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac), 21, will take ...

Jul 15, 2010 | No Comments | 1,289 views
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