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NHK’s 65th “Kohaku Uta Gassen”Red and White Song Battle

Get ready for another NHK annual New Year’s Eve music program “The 65th Kohaku Uta Gassen”. This years lineup will be hosted by Actress Yoshitaka Yuriko and popular group Arashi.

This year’s  “65th Kohaku Uta Gassen” program will feature a total of 51 artists. First-time appearances by HKT48, May J.(performing the popular song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.), Yakushimaru Hiroko, V6, SEKAI NO OWARI. In addition, TV anime ‘Youkai Watch’ and anime character ‘Jibanyan’, along with King Cream Soda and Dream5 will be performing on the show, but will not competing.

Ayumi Hamasaki, will not be performing for the first time in 15 years. She told fans on Twitter that she preferred to focus on projects she wants to do, rather that on what she feels obligated to do.

Who will win the 2014 competition? You have to watch to find out! So far, the red team (female) has won 29 times, and the white team (male) 35 times.

The show will broadcast in Hawaii

Thursday 1/1/15 on KIKU Station.

Airs: 5:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: 1/2/15 11am-4pm

Please check your local listing for show time.  Heres a link to T.V. Japan on HD

This year’s artist list are: (In parenthesis are the number of times appeared.)

Red Team

Ayaka (7)
E-girls (2)
Ikimonogakari (7)
Ishikawa Sayuri (37)
AKB48 (7)
SKE48 (3)
HKT48 (debut)
NMB48 (2)
Kanda Sayaka (2)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (3)
Kouzai Kaori (18)
Godai Natsuko (21)
Sakamoto Fuyumi (26)
Shiina Ringo (2)
Yoshimi Tendo (19)
Nakajima Miyuki (2)
Kana Nishino (5)
Perfume (7)
Ayako Fuji (20)
Seiko Matsuda (18)
Nana Mizuki (6)
Kaori Mizumori (12)
Miwa (2)
May J. (debut)
Momoiro Clover Z (3)
Yakushimaru Hiroko (debut)
Akiko Wada (38)

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White Team

Arashi (6)
Itsuki Hiroshi (44)
EXILE (10)
Kanjani8 (3)
Chris Hart (2)
Go Hiromi (27)
Golden Bomber (3)
Sandaime J Soul Brothers (3)
SMAP (22)
SEKAI NO OWARI (debut)
Sexy Zone (2)
T.M.Revolution (5)
TOKIO (21)
Hideaki Tokunaga (9)
AAA (5)
Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi (4)
Kiyoshi Hikawa (15)
V6 (debut)
Kohei Fukuda (2)
Fukuyama Masaharu (7)
Hosokawa Takashi (38)
Porno Graffitti (13)
Miwa Akihiro (3)
Shinichi Mori (47)

 

Source: http://www1.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/artists/index.html

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2NE1’s Album “Crush” Sweeping Music Charts

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The all girl group 2NE1, released their new album “Crush” oFebruary 27, 2014 online only.  In a record time “Crush” was sweeping the music charts, and has achieved an all-kill status.  (ALL KILL : adj.; term used to refer to a song that has managed to reach the #1 spot on the 7 major music site daily charts in Korea simultaneously according to kpop dictionary).  Although, 2NE1’s track “Come Back Home,” made a clean sweep on 10 real-time online music charts including: Melon, Bugs, Mnet, Naver Music, Daum Music, Olleh, Cyworld Music, Soribada, Monkey3 and Genie.  The other eight tracks on the album are not too far behind, most are already on the top ten charts.  March 7, “Crush” will be released offline, following 2NE1’s first two concerts “All or Nothing” World Tour which begins March 1 and 2 in Seoul Korea.  

Their music video has not been released yet, but you can hear their all-kill song “Crush” from kpopMar Tube Hot

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CL, New Face for Maybelline New York

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Maybe she’s born with it! CL from K-Pop girl band 2NE1 was definitely was born with it.  No surgery for this beautiful Asian, she’s all natural beauty.  Rare today with the Korean super surgery quest these days, especially for anyone in the entertainment business.  We love her and her beauty.  Keep rocking it CL!!!
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Kumi Koda’s latest MV “Show Me Your Holla”

Here’s a sneak peak to Kumi’s latest MV “Show Me Your Holla”   Her new album Bon Voyage will be on sale February 26, 2014.

The video on this post are not mine.  Please see Kumi Koda‘s official site for more videos and information on her up coming concert.

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Cream! the “New J-Pop” (MV)

Photo/Source: http://www.syncmusic.jp/wordpress/?p=2587

Photo/Source: Sync Music Japan

Recently while shopping at Flag-J (Hawaii) and I heard this cool, catchy EDC/j-pop/ hip hop music.  “Who is this?” I thought.  I loved what I was hearing so much, I pulled out my iphone and hit Shazam. “Cream?” I never heard of them.  Their music is known as the “New J-pop” influenced by an eclectic mix of hip-hop, pop, rock and EDC sounds. This “new J-pop” sound Im really liking!  Cream, I hope you keep putting out great music!

Minami and  Staxx T released their 1st album “Dreamin” January 23, 2013 (where the hell was I)  Their Lead single “Shooting Star” ranked #1 on Usen Hit Jpop. Here is their MV “Shooting Star”

Another great song “Kissing (Flip Side)”

Please check out Cream’s homepage at www.creamofficial.com/home/

Music Videos on my blog are not mine, but are from the official Cream Website. Please check out more of their awesome music at: www.creamofficial.com/home/

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NHK’s 64th “Kohaku Uta Gassen” Red and White Song Battle

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  Its that time of the year again.  Im talking about NHK’s 64th annual “Kohaku Uta Gassen”. Strictly by invitation only, these performers are considered to be the most popular and successful singers in the Japanese Entertainment Industry.  These two teams … Continue reading

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G Dragon S. Korea’s Golden Boy (MV)

 

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Maybe living under a rock is the only place one wouldn’t hear of G-Dragon (Kwon Ji-Yong) S. Korea’s boy wonder.  G-Dragon is an amazing song writer, producer, talented rapper, model and fashion trend setter.  He is the King of K-POP setting off fashion trends from funky hair do’s, shoes, makeup and everything in between.  CNN Travel: 50 reasons why Seoul is the world’s greatest city named G-Dragon as one of the reason Seoul is a great city.  His recent released mini-album “One of a Kind” is the highest selling solo album in Korea.  G-Dragon will be setting off his solo world tour “One of a Kind” in Seoul Korea March 30, 2013.  Up coming dates and cities will be posted in the future.

2013 G-DRAGON WORLD TOUR 

March 30, 31 : SEOUL, KOREA [Olympic Gymnastic Hall]

(update)

March 30, 2013 (SAT) > March 5, 2013 (TUE) 8PM
March 31, 2013 (SUN) > March 6, 2013 (WED) 8PM  

April 6 : Fukuoka, JAPAN [Japan Dome]

April 20,21 : Saitama, JAPAN [Seibu Dome]

April 27, 28 : Osaka, JAPAN [Kyocera Dome]

Upcoming cities and ticket information will be announced on a later date.

All Videos are not mine, but are from bigbang official youtube site

http://www.youtube.com/user/BIGBANG?feature=watch

http://global.mnet.com/news/newsdetail.m?searchNewsVO.news_id=201210121508_17464

Ero Kawaii, Pop Diva, Kumi Koda’s newest Music Video (MV)

UPDATE: I have put up her video ‘s a few times and every time the videos are always taken down.  Im sorry, so in order to view her videos, I’ve put up a link that you can watch directly.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  From now on I will omit her from any of my future posts.

Kumi Koda is not your typical Japanese Kawaii pop artist (thank goodness, we have enough Ayumi’s) Kumi is one of only a few JPop artist using sex appeal to gain popularity. “Ero Kawaii”  literally means Erotically Cute and Kumi has made the “Ero Kawaii” her style and image.

In her latest album Beach Mix released on August 1, 2012 she includes new and club mix version of some older hits.

Kumi’s newest single was released December 5, 2o12 called Koishikute.

 

Go to the top, has gone to the top.  Go to the top, is Kumi’s 53rd single release and is the opening theme song for the anime Total Eclipse. Check out her live performance.

 

Whatcha waiting on? is a cute playful song not typical of Kumi, none the less its adorable and catchy.

 

The videos included in my blog are not mine, but are from

http://rhythmzone.net/koda/index.html

http://www.youtube.com/hisakamio115

http://www.jpopsuki.tv/video/Koda-Kumi—Koishikute/f824de622c163c02eef8354fff0c5c90

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Ailee an upcoming Asian American Diva

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Born and raised in America and known as Amy Lee to her friends, and as Ailee on youtube.  This young Asian American performer is an amazing singer that can really belt it out!!  Ailee made headlines after her performance of Beyonce’s Halo on MBC’s Chuseok special ‘Singers and Trainers’ check out her performance video below.

Ailee first solo debut song ‘Heaven’ was released on February 9, 2012 which dominated the Cyworld music awards.

On October 16, Ailee released her song along with the MV “I’ll show you” on her mini album Invitation.  See MV below.

Ailee is now starting to promote her next song on her album “Evening Sky” another amazing song.  Stay tuned for her MV in the near future.

All MV and pictures in this article do not originate with me.

Asian Women’s Secret to Flawless Younger Skin

What is the difference between American women and Asian women? For the typical American woman, she is obsessed with body image.  Whereas, a woman from Asia is obsessed with flawless skin.  Japan is the largest skin care consumption per capita in the world.

1. “Japan has the world’s oldest population, with 22% over the age of 65 in 2007. According to Euromonitor International, ‘The country is the biggest consumer of skin care on a per capita basis. In 2007, Japan accounted for 20% of global skin care consumption with $13.1 billion in sales, while making up only 2% of the global population.'” *

In Asia, skin is the most important part of a beauty regiment.  Good skin equals good health and beauty.  Despite the popularity of some westernized types of surgery in Asia, Asian women are obsessed with keeping up their youthful appearance in the traditional way.  Asians are not as passionate about stripping the skin with chemical peels as Americans are, rather they like to plump the skin, giving a more youthful look. Many Japanese and Korean girls spend hours on just skin care routine.  So whats the secret?  The secret is Japanese facial massage.

Japanese facial massage focuses on prevention and detoxifying.  Developed to improve health and longevity,  the Japanese have perfected the facial massage over centuries.  A specific technique called Ko Bi Do is used for balancing ki for overall health improvement.

Western vs. Eastern facial massage.

Western facial massages mainly focuses on the external skin.  This typically is a gentle massage with light touches and strokes and could include treating a skin concern with topical skin regiments. Chemical peel such as glycolic peel are common.

Eastern facial massages mainly focuses on the condition of the skin internally, focusing on acupressure points to balance (ki) internal organs.  The Japanese facial massage uses deeper pressure and deep kneading to stimulate the muscles beneath the skin, increasing blood circulation.  This in turn will reduce wrinkles, repair and balance the skin, and minimize the aging process.

Typically Asian women will include some form of this massage in their daily skin care routine.  The Tanaka Massage is one of the simpler routines and can be done by yourself.

* 1. http://www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2009/01/where-china-goes-asia-follows