Open Post

It’s Friday, so it’s Open Post time! Feel free to chat with your fellow readers about whatever you like! Enjoy!

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    • Question of the week: What do you think the chances are that Namie will do a TV performance to promote her final release, which is out next week?

      • Dorama

        I don’t think so.

        I’m hoping she’ll gets thrown money at her for year end specials and Kouhaku.

      • Step Rivera

        I hope she does. Its her BEST Album of all her singles. Even though it’s being released the day after my birthday, it will be kinda bittersweet, but it would be nice to see her doing TV performances, even if it’s just for a bit. But I hope she does Kouhaku and year ends specials as well.

    • Dorama

      Jdramacity has ceased. I’m sad but its too dangerous for furansuu to continue.
      Do you guys has any other alternatives aside from plotboxes or nyan?

      • oh my fucking god, this can’t be real ;______;
        there’s asiantorrents/avistaz or whatever the name is, but it’s underground and getting a key pass is highkey impossible

      • WD79

        I do, but unfortunately I can’t post the link here. You’ll just have to go deep with googling and trying out different phrases.

      • Josie

        i was wondering what happened :(

    • AoZora

      This is what I read here http://www.johnnys-watcher.net/article/454532397.html

      When an international film festival like TIFF where various movies are shown for publicity and building hype,the
      presence of Johnny’s is serious impediment to film promotion.Johnny’s office had instructed the press not to take any pictures of
      Yamada and Yamada had to walk from another side far away from the Film Festival fans so that they don’t take any pics and any autographs.
      How Funny? Don’t they want the leading man of the movie, which is going to be released internationally,to at least interact with fans and the press without constraints. Its not a normal everyday event anyway..

      If Johnny’s is still so primitive in this,then why does it push its Idols to appear in such internationally screened movies.
      Don’t you think both acts are canceling each other out? Considering this movie is made on a high budget,it only makes sense to use TIFF for its promotion.

      ‘The pics should not be taken’ rule of Johnny’s for the press leaves bad impression on the international media and deprives its Idols of the fame they deserve after days of hardwork they put into filming these movies.
      The other cast members like Honda Tsubasa were comparatively more free in their interaction with press and fans,poor yamada had to be low keyed and take precautions.
      Its better if Johnny’s are not cast in such international projects and its even better,if their Idols don’t attend at all such film festivals if they are going to regulate the press…

      A reporter asking if Japan is a “secret country of portrait rights ” is truly embarrassing..

      Wake up call for Johnny’s…

      * I am not good at reading Japanese. A proper interpretation of the article will be appreciated.

      • yamakita

        Johnny’s artists are just monkeys that get let out when their master allows them to.

        Anyway, I’m all for anyone who wants to uphold certain principles if he’s so convinced even though it’s ridiculous to everyone else, but it’s baffling when it’s done inconsistently. Why are they allowed TV performances or any way of showing their faces? Why not just have them all wear masks if exposure is so feared? Kamen Johnny’s anyone?

      • Reileen

        You know how it is in Johnnys, press can take pictures but not use it for WEB media. Which is primitive af still.
        Tho there are plenty of Yamada pics at TIFF elsewhere taken by both fans and press. When Yamada went to LA and Paris, they allowed fans and press to take pictures.

        I agree there are just really some inconsistencies as Johnnys are in this huge project with international releases but they don’t allow pictures online lol. Like, what is your aim??
        Aside from online web pictures, they are not gonna lack on it promotion wise, especially in Japan, when it comes to Johnnys talents. FMA TIFF with Yamada is headline on newspapers, major coverage on national wide news shows etc.

        They are gonna realize they have to adapt soon. Must have taken some tweaking for Hagaren movie to be able to upload Yamada’s poster and trailer on twitter.

        • AoZora

          Yes, I would be good if they are kind for web media…

        • Niche’s Commenting Regulars

          They are the number one market and despite everyone else picking up on the digital trend, they haven’t even gotten close to denting numbers. They want to feel exclusive, as if you have you sacrifice everything for a chance to see them. It is the key to their success that won’t be felt if they didn’t had exclusivity on their side.

          • Not Polka Dot

            If they want exclusivity so badly, they shouldn’t be whoring out their idols on every TV stations in Japan. Why are they so against digital media but not newspapers?

            • Niche’s Commenting Regulars

              Media they can control. You know the saying goes. Once you post it online it is up there forever essentially

              • Not Polka Dot

                It can be taken down too if you put them online while in the newspapers, once it’s published, it can’t be erased. In other words, Johnny’s can’t control the media. They don’t have that power anymore. Just like they can’t stop their idols’ scandals from being published in the tabloids. So why bother? Just release the photos online and everyone is happy.

                • Niche’s Commenting Regulars

                  Given how they basically have the big name companies in their pocket I would beg to differ. Johnny want the illusion that everything is under their control and given the current situation he is still in control of the industry his company has their hands on and nothing is going destabilize them.

                  You can’t completely control it, but you can keep the pipelines so bottled up that is not worth it to all but the most determined.

      • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

        It’s not a Johnny’s only thing. I attended a voice acting panel where a voice actor, whose boyfriend works/ed as an interpreter for Japanese Rock bands and seiyuus, said that the seiyuus thought that American fans were very loud and touchy. Back home in Japan, they expected fans not to make any eye contact and bow when they passed by them. I don’t think the VA meant it in a bad way.

        • wow, this sounds really, really, douchey LOl
          okay, probably cultural difference, but oh man

          • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

            I was at Anime Expo this year when Yamada visited to promote FMA. Maybe my timing wasn’t right. But it didn’t seem like he stayed around to chat for too long. Just the obligatory photo ops and whoosh…

            • yamakita

              You were?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I couldn’t get time off from work so I had to miss it T_T

              • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

                I was. I hung mostly around the Funimation booth. I was surprised to see how short Yamada was.

                • yamakita

                  Yeah, he looks pretty short on TV, too. And that other guy in HSJ is even shorter!

                  • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

                    Anime Expo is very where parking lots go to die. It’s so crowded. I love the vibe of it. Makes me feel normal-ish :P

                    I ate from the Attack on Titan Food Truck, which was great. Had to leave early to catch my flight.

                    • yamakita

                      Cheers to a fellow AX goer!!!

    • yamakita

      Any good movie recommendations anyone…? Onegai?

      • Reileen

        Suspect X with Fukuyama Masaharu, Tsutsumi Shinichi and Shibasaki Kou.
        Why not watch all the HIgashino Keigo movie adapted movies? I’m currently doing that lol

        • yamakita

          I just finished watching Suspect X. It’s soooooooooo good!! I cried like crazy in the end. I rooted for the mother the whole time, wishing she could get away with it. That female cop annoys me!!!

          I think Fukuyama is typecast a little bit since the only two movies I’ve seen of him are of him playing an elite. But I have liked both movies. Never been a fan of his music, but his movies are good.

          Will check on Higashino once I find out who he is :)

          • Reileen

            The mother is sooo good! I like her!!
            I just recently Midsummer’s Equation, still part of the Galileo series after Suspect X and I bawled soooo much more!

            Higashino Keigo is the novelist and lots of movies and tv series are adapted based on his novels. SUspect X and Midsummer’s Equation are his novels.

            • AoZora

              I liked Midsummer’s Equation… It was too good…

              • yamakita

                Oh I watched Gukouroku recently and really enjoyed it, too. I didn’t know it was written by the same person who wrote Confessions. Can’t wait for the suggestions!! I’m bad at following dramas, but I’ll add N to my watch list.

                • AoZora

                  Yes,, try watching N no tame ni.. Very interesting,well written drama with good performances…I watched a japanese drama after 3 months gap and I don’t regret it… Actually after switching to 2 Hrs of movies,going back to 10 hours of drama tests our patience.. But I feel some stories are better told in drama than a movie since to showcase character development and other events it needs more than 2 hours…

                  It was the drama where both Eikura Nana and Kaku Kento worked together for the first time and starting dating..:)

              • Reileen

                I only saw Snow White Murder Case with Inoue Mao and it’s good! I’m into mystery suspense movies lately lol and Japan has lots of them

            • yamakita

              Wow, I know his writing!! I loved Ryusei no Kizuna. It made me a fan of Kaname Jun, who I thought was one of the most handsome Japanese actors ever. I couldn’t understand why he wasn’t more popular. I still have the DVD of the cast on Tokyo Friend Park–loved that game show–and would watch it from time to time.

              I love the Korean White Night. I think it’s so much more well done than the Japanese adaptations because it has more serious actors and it is more daring in the storytelling.

              Will definitely watch Midsummer and go down the list of the Higashino adaptations!!!

            • yamakita

              I watched Midsummer. It was good, but it didn’t have the emotional tug Suspect X did for me. Also, I really dislike An so it’s an endurance test to watch her stupid face for two hours hehe.

              So the Galileo series change the female detective every time? Are they that interchangeable?

        • yamakita

          I just watched Broken (Korean version) and it’s chilling in more ways than one:

          Very frustrating movie. Made me think that most cops are incompetent.

          • Reileen

            omg that dude is also the lead in Confessions of Murder. I watched it, interesting premise but the tone of delivery is inconsistent. I’m also irritated by the rounds of shouting common in Kdramas/ films too. I’m waiting for the Japanese version released this year with Fujiwara Tatsuya to be subbed. I think that will be better.

            I tried to look for eng sub for the JP movie of Broken but haven’t found it so will try to look into the Korean version first.

      • AoZora

        I tried watching peach girl movie starring inoo kei, Yamamoto mizuki and mackenyu.
        Couldn’t watch more than 30mins.. Horrible acting by inoo and bland mizuki… Please avoid this one…

        I can suggest N no tame ni a Japanese drama if you haven’t watched yet… A Midsummers equation(from galileo series) starring masaharu Fukurama is one movie I liked..

      • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

        You should watch Neo Yokio, that Anime by Jaden Smith.

        Highly recommended!!

        • yamakita

          OK, I need to wrap my head around this one. Gaijin made aniime… just give me a moment and I will adjust.

          • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

            But but…. online tomodachi go through shit together!! I can’t be the only one who had to bear the burden of watching this. I want y’all to suffer as well. Aishiteru yo <<333

      • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

        Why don’t you try some Bolly films?

        PK, despite the cultural nuances, dialects and accents has resonated with non-desi audiences. It made 17Million USD in China.

        Movie: http://moviescounter.co/2014-movies/pk-movie-2014-free-download-hd-720p/

        Subs:
        https://isubtitles.in/pk/english-subtitles/794404

    • yamakita

      Does anyone believe all the unearthing of these sexual harassment and assault stories in Hollywood will inspire anyone to dare to tell their stories in countries like Japan, or any Asian country for that matter, as far as the entertainment industry is concerned?

      I’m cynical so I tend to believe that the power players probably are working harder than ever to make sure their victims don’t dare to talk. I can relay a personal story from when I was in grade school, but I’ll spare you all.

      • AoZora

        I think this sexual harassment will continue in Japan because loyalty towards employers is taken very seriously there.. Even if someone exposes a big figure, it’s likely a section of press and people will blame the victim instead for being a traitor.. Maybe some defamation cases will be slapped against the whistle blower.. Case in point – Johnny kitagawa

        I seriously want someone to challenge existing corporate culture in Japan.

      • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

        The answer is a big, fat no.

        The only reason the Harvey expose made as much noise as it did , and resulted in his immediate downfall is because the people behind it were from the New York Times. There isn’t a publication in the world that is more credible than them. They can cut a bitch when they want. They’ve successfully taken on the US govt before and are not afraid of taking it on again. Which is the reason Trump can range tweet about filling a lawsuit against them all he wants, but won’t dare actually acting on his accusations. NYT aren’t Gawker. The likes of Harvey , who is like worth 150 million USD, are small fries to these guys.

        And why is this relevant? Because this:

        https://www.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_59f9f89ae4b0d1cf6e921ec1

        • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

          2017 is a terrible year for any actress whose name rhymes with Tate Tinslet because journalists are now after James Cameron.

          From Nov 2016 to Nov 2017… We’ve come a long way, America..

        • yamakita

          The link isn’t working on my phone 😓 What is the headline?

          • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

            https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_59f9f89ae4b0d1cf6e921ec1

            Is it still not working?

            The article is about a female Japanese journalist who decided to go public with her rape allegations against somebody who worked for TBS (this guy had links with the Japanese Prime Minister. Yay for men in power). Because Japan has high conviction rates, the prosecutors told her to drop the case because they thought they’d lose even though she had DNA evidence and CCTV footage to help her case…. Because lawyers care more about winning rather than helping a rape survivor seek justice. She was told that more people would believe her if she ‘cried more’ and ‘dressed more appropriately’. They said she didn’t look ‘distressed enough’ to be a victim. Lots of victim blaming.

            • yamakita

              Her story makes my heart ache! What a brave woman. There are thousands, probably millions, like her. There is such a culture of shame and blame in countries like Japan that people always think the victims must have done something to bring the crime onto themselves. Does anyone remember a manga series called Rapeman that made news over here? The popular culture often glorifies rape and goes out of its way to justify and sympathize why a rapist might rape and suggest that the victim actually enjoys it. What’s wrong with these people?!

              No country can claim it’s a first-world country until it can address this simple human rights issue.

              • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

                I don’t get why we keep parroting about the the US being ‘the greatest nation on Earth’ (embarrasses the heck out of me) when we women are still treated like second class citizens.

                You can’t even talk about harassment on Twitter without a few disgruntled douche bags replying back about the Middle East. Like “you should be grateful you get to vote, be a ‘slutty whore’ in a miniskirt, walk down a street at 9pm. Women whine too much these days”

                • yamakita

                  “Women whine too much these days,” says the whiner. I love it.

        • anons

          US journalism isn’t carried by one publication. The Washington Post and NPR have just as much investigative legitimacy and clout.

          • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲


            US journalism isn’t carried by one publication. ”

            That’s not what I said though? Is there some kinda contest here? Washington Post had been hinting about the NYT expose like a week before it published it. But NYT has greater impact and is more widely loved and respected.

            • anons

              I mean, the main journalists responsible for breaking Watergate were both from the WaPo. Their investigative coverage is more narrowed to politics in comparison to the Times.

              You wrote re:NYT “There isn’t a publication in the world that is more credible than them” which is misguided. My point isn’t to make it a contest but to point out that corroboration among different, independent sources lends a significant hand to building public trust in the media. And that includes a lot of local publications as well.

              • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

                Okay. We can agree to disagree. I might be biased because I’m from NYC (most of the time) 👍 😛😃

                • anons

                  Alright. To clarify, I’m not saying the Times doesn’t carry the most influence in the world. That’s just not why (or only why) the Weinstein story was made possible here.

                  • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

                    It’s cool. I get it. It’s great to see different publications working collectively for greater good. I read somewhere that WaPo and NYT we’re working together to screw Trump. I’d earnestly be looking forward to that ☺

      • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

        “I can relay a personal story from when I was in grade school, but I’ll spare you all.”

        I’ll start with me to make it easier for everybody to talk about harassment stories , if they got any.

        This was back from when I was in my late teens. My mum was done talking to one of her clients , who was a rape survivor. She comes to us (the three teen daughters) to talk about her client, the repercussions of rape on the mental health of a survivor, and that she would always be by our sides…. So we gotta be honest with her yaddi yadda…

        I, for whatever reason, decided it was the ripe moment to talk about how this guy in my neighborhood groped me and tried to drag me into some secluded place when I was about 10.

        She lost her temper, picked up a rock as she walked toward [the guy’s] house and smashed the wind shield of his car. When his mum ran out of their shouting and cursing, my Mum , who isn’t adverse to expletives anyway, gave her a very animated and angry taunt.

        The lady, god bless her heart, was shocked to hear about the incident and made up with my mum eventually (after 4 months? Idk)

        • yamakita

          Yikes! I remember telling a male friend that I was touched inappropriately by a complete stranger in an alley while waiting for my friend to come out of her place when I was 13. His reaction was: “That’s it?” I was too dumb to be outraged at the time, but at least I’ve lost touch with him for a long time.

          When I was in the 5th grade, a scandal about an abusive teacher in another school broke. The sadistic homeroom teacher I had, who was verbally, physically, and mentally abusive, was worried about us telling on him so he asked us to shut all the windows and doors so he could give us some wisdom. He had us play this game called “telephone,” which is having a person relay a message to the next person behind him/her then the last person in the row is to report what is supposedly said by the first person. The point he was trying to make was that the truth might get twisted after being repeated a few times. When he insinuated was that the students in this other school lied about what happened. If we wanted to report what had happened to us in class, we should let him know first so he could properly explain it to the other adults.

          I love what happened to this teacher though. He was promoted to a pretty high title in another school, but was eventually caught embezzling money and ended up in the news. I’m still giddy relaying this years after.

          • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

            😬😧 This makes me so angry. I had to take a breather because this story is so fucked up. It sounds like it was taken straight out of a creepy manga. What doesn’t help is that it happens far more often than we choose to believe it does.

            • yamakita

              Sometimes I wish I was just making it up with the things that had happened in my life, but I do always believe I am relatively lucky by comparison. My head is askew only slightly.

        • AoZora

          Ok then.. Let me share mine.. This happened when I was 15yr old.

          There was this lane which was not electrified which connected my friend’s house and mine.. I used to talk past this lane very often whenever I had to drop by her house. One late evening as I was just returning to my home,one guy who was coming from opposite direction,dragged me to a corner and held me tight as though he was about to rape.. Shocked by this sudden event,my vocal chords were frozen and I remember not able to produce any sound as though I had slipped into subconsciousness.After some struggle,i managed to produce a weak voice calling out for help… Some neighbouring commotion happened and that guy ran away. I lay there still sitting down and unable to move and only after 15 mins I was able to get up , pick my shoes and walk home.. I didn’t remember that guy’s face and why I sat down and why my shoes that been thrown away,i don’t recall anything.. One thing for sure,I was not raped and that guy was not someone from the same locality…

          I had cried that whole night and couldn’t talk about it to my parents as I thought they would put curb on my movements.. Only after 1 month,i was able to tell them and asked for a professional counselor as I was suffering from depression.

          • yamakita

            Wow, let me regift the ghost hug I just got. How traumatic. I’m so sorry :(

            • AoZora

              *hugs back*.. Thanks :)

          • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

            I’m so sorry this happened to you. You are not alone. I don’t know if we are supposed be petrified of this fact, or find some solace and comfort in it.

            A man might occasionally think twice about walking down a dark, narrow street, but for girls and women (esp in India) it’s fear (in all quantities and kinds) that stops us from going into any space that looks slightly less than comfortable.

            They call Delhi, the rape capital, don’t they? Gulp, not helping me have a social life at all. It’s almost like this society will force you to have a boyfriend or husband to walk with you at all times because you don’t know where you might get cat called or molested.

            • AoZora

              Yes,there is a lot to be done in this area.. I live alone without any roommates or husband and I can see the look on the security men’s face…In India,a single woman living alone is some kind of taboo..

              • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

                I can see that happening 😩

                My boyfriend insists on tagging along everytime I step out because he doesn’t trust his own country men, apparently 😧

                I’m going to shamelessly segue into my annoyance at the government here for including sanitary pads as ‘items of luxury’ in the recent GST tax rates list. I even had an argument with my boyfriend over this. Sure , he is usually a super nice guy but I wasn’t expecting him to mansplain it to me “Like babe, it’s only a ₹4-7 increase per packet. What’s the big deal?” 😠

                What about a poor camily that earns like 200 per day, for 17-20 days in a good month, through unskilled labour and odd jobs .. and has 3-4 women in it? These folks might have to throw out a huge sum from their daily earnings if they started using pads. So what do these women do ? Be forced to just deal with it, skip school, skip work, skip social life and be holed in their house for the remainder of the week. The govt that had been bragging about wanting to make pads free for all women decided to make it a ‘luxury item’

                • AoZora

                  Many women still use cloth instead of sanitary pads and it’s kind of unhygienic.. Can’t trust the government.. Probably the babus should have a chat about it with women at their home to understand what a basic necessity it is…

      • Niche’s Commenting Regulars

        Japan has an old saying: “The hammer that stuck out is hammered down”. By the time the victims out it, they will be out of a job and the lawyers will do everything to make sure it ends in the defendant’s favor.

      • hasawa

        No I don’t think so.
        My little fingers tells me all the scandals about (well known) predators feel like an orchestrated psy-OP to make people think that Hollywood is getting clean to grab back some relevance….NOT.
        Besides, it dimisses that fact the biggest issue in Hollywood -to paraphrase Corey Feldman- has always been and still is pedophilia which doesn’t get half the coverage those adult sexual predators get. Those abused kids don’t have oscars or a significant enough carrer to back up their claim and be heard and listened. Most of them are probably afraid their career is going to be compromised for speaking out. I’m disgusted by all these guys acting surprised about X or Y being a predators when it’s a godamn open secret in Hollywood, and kept on eating in their hand when they were still ‘hot’ (i’m looking at you Meryll Streep – do you still think Weinstein is a “god”?). Watch them still being far up Polanski or Allen ass! A bunch of hypocrites!!

        • hasawa

          BTW did any of yall heard about Corey Feldman campaign to expose Hollywood pedophile ring? I already gave my opinion on my tumblr (http://papirouge.tumblr.com/post/166978344593/corey-feldman-launches-campaign-to-expose) but running a crowdfuning to raise 10 millions dollars for a documentary while he could simply drop names and immediately save a bunch of children from abuse REALLY rubs me the wrong way…

        • yamakita

          You’re absolutely right. What’s happening is only the small fry. There has been lots of whispering about these people all along, but not many people wanted to risk their careers to say much. And kids are the easiest victims, especially if they’ve got stage parents to boot. Talk about a cesspool.

        • yamakita

          I just learned about Victor Salva. I think I am finally understanding the debate over Polanski or even Woody Allen. There are enough talented people around that there is no need to justify criminals who happen to have a knack for film making.

    • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

      Are you a crazy cat person or a deranged dog person?

      ✅🐈
      ✅🐶

      • yamakita

        I can’t be both? If I must choose, I guess I was a crazy cat lady. No more pets though. Too much work.

        Now what did I win?? :)

      • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

        Doggy for me.

        I had a cat once too. Bless his soul but the only things that were on Mr. Richard’s mind at any freaking time of the day were : Can I eat it / Can I sleep on it / Can I shit on it

        Sleep too deeply and he would eat you.

        My dogs have given me the joy that no human possibly could.

        • yamakita

          Really? I wished my cats could talk to me. I also wished they could scoop their own litter. Pets can be endearing, but I do still prefer people.

      • PigeonPop

        Both. But if I have to pick just one, it will be 🐕💕

        Happily living with a rescued “Pomeranian” mix for the last few years. I really should get his DNA tested though and be better prepared for potential health issues as he ages. That, and it’s hard to tell what he is exactly–it looks like there’s some spaniel and/or terrier in him too.

        • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

          Shamelessly following you because you don’t have a blog.

        • ⛄🎇 Khooni 💤🌲

          How accurate is this video?

          Lol. I don’t think I’ll ever learn Japanese without pissing off the natives in 10 different ways!

          • PigeonPop

            Spot-on except maybe 5. 1 and 2 is unfortunately quite common, especially because it’s so ingrained as part of wakamono kotoba.

            Speaking of wakamono kotoba, a major pet peeve I have to rant about is on its negative impact on pitch accent in standard Japanese amongst (usually younger) native speakers. ‘Toriaezu’ for example, is ideally spoken L-H-H-L-L (L = low, H = high) like the examples on Forvo [https://goo.gl/YLpz5p]. Far too often it’s uttered L-H-H-H-H, and when it’s really bad, even higher on the last three morae (a-e-zu getting the “HH” treatment).

          • This is hilarious! Particularly the open mouth and the ridicule (the best) ones. XD`~~~

          • yamakita

            Very passive aggressive!

      • yacchaitai

        I’m a crazy cat lady 107%

      • circe154

        cat lady. I’m at college and I seriously miss my babies. My parents sending me text messages that they wander around the house looking for me doesn’t help.

    • MomoHirai

      Still can’t believe Namie is retiring. First heard her back in 03 when I was just a child. My sister had left Kpop around that time and started getting into Japanese music and found Namie (She stopped listening to Asian music and exclusively American music around 2009 ish). I had a giant Namie phase around 09 – 10. Then fell out and forgot all about her until this year. Wish I had been there longer. She debuted before I was born so I did miss out on a lot. Most of the songs from here that I know are 2003 – Now.

      • Educate yourself! TK Namie = best Namie

      • Step Rivera

        I’m a huge fan of hers as well!! I literally found out about her in 2010 when I was high school. I was curious to see who was the Queen of Pop in other countries and she showed up. HIDE & SEEK and DO ME MORE were the first two songs I heard from her on the same day. Since then I have always looked forward to her releases. It’s bittersweet because she’s releasing her BEST Album the day after my birthday, but at the same time, she does deserve a break. My wish is that I hope to see her in concert next year, God Willing.

      • King Hide

        i thought none knew Kpop before 2003

    • AkaneHaga

      my Q is there any1 you want to debut at kouhaku?

      • yamakita

        I don’t particularly want this, but I believe Oka Midori will probably debut since she’s been on all the enka shows all this year.

    • hasawa

      What was the dumbest things that anyone ever told you?
      I’m asking because I was thiking about that time when someone asked me if I was adopted because I was “too educated” for a Black girl lmao. Then I asked that guy what he meant by “too educated” and he was “you know… [he named another Black girl of the classroom] SHE sounds Black, but you… you behave so princess/lady like – it’s very uncommon for Black people” and then I was SOO confused because he indirectly implied that Black people were meant to be fool mouthed and uneducated.
      Still to this day I’m wondering myself what people with mind ingrenated stereotypes about Black people I ever met think about me. I’ve several time been reproached (especially by fellow Blacks people) to behave like a White girl, which, since to this, don’t know what that mean. Not that I really care, but I’m just curious about behaving like a White or a “real Black girl” means….

      • hasawa

        Well I actually got myself lost from the topic who was about dumbest things that people ever told to you lol Here are my stories :
        – when I was in highschool there was a girl who told me when she was a kid she thought Black people were actually the only people who evolved from the monkey and were actually the closer to them because they looked much like them

        – when I was a teen and really into MSN and all that stuff, I befriended a girl (I neevr met IRL). She had a little sister, so some times, when my friend was away I used to chat with her little sister with whom she shared her MSN account. At one moment she asks me what speciality I’m following in high school. In France, you have to choose between social & economy (ES) , literrature (L) and science (S). When I tell her I’m in S, she literally lost her damn mind, started throwing names and disconnected, which left me very very confused. The next day when I asked my friend about that she told me her little sister wass actually obese and that she felt offended that I said I was in “S”, as if I was trying to make fun of her (being caustic about the clothing size) which didn’t make any sense since I NEVER ever saw her… ‘_’ I wonder when she was spelling the alphabet if she was jumping from R to the T….

        – when I was a kid, I was talking about “Charmed” and my best friend of the time was SURE AF that the elder sister’s name was “PLUE” and not PRUE *smh Even 10-something y.o me already knew that Prue was actually the diminution of Prudence, but my friend was so sure of her being name “Plue” lmao

        • AoZora

          I got advice from my gym trainer,that I need to gulp two strong cups of black coffee on an empty stomach before hitting gym…. A Coffee on an empty stomach? After this stupid advice,I changed my trainer.. A Gym trainer who has no idea about nutrition and diet is not the right person for training……..

          • hasawa

            *smh* PE teachers are the worst
            I remember being so bad at it, I had stitches everytime I had to go running and these bastards were saying it was bc we were chatting… Not sure is stiches are actually the real consequence of talking while running, but I always hated how dismissing of physical condition issues most of these teachers were. Our bodies are not equal regarding physical endurance and they are very lucky nothing really serious ever happened to anyone of us while being pushed unecessary far

      • yamakita

        – Are you Mexican?
        – Chinese characters are Japanese because Japan is more well known right now.
        – I like girls who are from nice families; no stories of abuse or anything like that.

        • hasawa

          “Are you Mexican?”
          If I charged 1 buck everytime someone tried to ask or assume my ethnicity I’d be rich right now

          • Hello

            Same thing happens to me but it’s the other way around, I’m Mexican and people think or ask if I’m Asian, even this Chinese lady waitress at the buffet asked me are you Chinese LOL stopped going there, she gaved me free drink to go

            • Hello

              I mean East Asian sorry