Arashi and aiko Top the Oricon Charts for the Week of 5/16 – 5/22

This week, Arashi topped the Oricon single chart with their new single “I seek / Daylight”, selling 737,951 copies in its first week.

aiko topped the Oricon album chart with her new album “May Dream”, selling 68,684 copies in its first week.

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Ueno Juri and TRICERATOPS’ Wada Sho Get Married!

Actress Ueno Juri (30) and TRICERATOPS’ Wada Sho (40) have officially tied the knot. This has been reported by their respective companies today, May 26.

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Rena Matsui shares her favourite j-drama titles

Japanese idols love their TV dramas as much as we do. Former SKE48/Nogizaka singer Rena Matsui has been recently interviewed by music magazine Barks and revealed her favourite three drama shows. Rena has been headlining the drama ‘Laundry Chigasaki‘ in Spring 2016, following her well received performance in ‘Nietzsche-sensei’ in January. Seems that former idol has a knack towards quirky comedy. But how about her taste when it comes to “watching”? Check Rena’s best 3 after the jump! Read More

Perfume’s A~chan rumored to be dating comedian Shigeo Takahashi

A~chan (27, real name Ayaka Nishiwaki), a member of the electro-pop trio Perfume, is strongly speculated to be dating Shigeo Takahashi (40) of the comedy duo Savanna. The rumors sparked in October last year, when the pair were seen shopping in the men’s section of Shinjuku Isetan, and even took separate selfies with a clerk at the store during their visit. Rumors recently reignited when the two were seen at an Ebisu-based exclusive yakiniku restaurant in mid-April, appearing to celebrate a birthday with A~chan’s mother, her sister Sayaka Nishiwaki (a member of idol group 9nine), and possibly one or both other Perfume members. They were photographed leaving the restaurant separately, as Takahashi had a filming schedule to attend.

Takahashi is a known fan of Perfume and was present at their Ametalk “Entertainers Who Love Perfume” TV special last year, even choosing other guests for the panel of celebrity fans. A~chan has also recently been appearing in the guest section at Savanna’s comedy shows, and is said to have been visiting backstage at them since last fall. Friends of the two are convinced they’re dating, but both their management offices have denied the rumor and state that they’re simply “good friends.”

Check out the photos and netizen comments below!

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Ebisu Muscats to release first trading card collection

The culmination of high art that is gravure and AV actress idol group Ebisu Muscats are now going to be available to take home– in trading card form! The set’s official first series (yes, there’s going to be more!) releases in July.

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Check out DJ Yatsui Ichiro’s new PV featuring Ito Seiko and Charisma.com’s Itsuka

DJ Yatsui Ichiro is set to release a full length album, featuring collection of his songs dating back to 2013’s Tenketenketen and his collaboration with tofubeats in 2014. The album, titled YATSUI MATOME, drops on June 8 and features a quite extensive list of collaborators including the aforementioned tofubeats, RAM RIDER, Negicco, IMALU, and as you will see in the short PV for YYY  below, Ito Seiko and Itsuka (from Charisma.com). The track is a feel-good, easy listening number with sweet rap verses from the collaborators; check it out after the break!

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