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In addition to their usual Springtime Sakura Chiffon Cake and Sakura Steamed Cake, Starbucks Japan has introduced two new limited edition drink items: Sakura Steamer, and Sakura Frappachino.

Yes, that's right, a cherry blossom flavored Frappachino.

AMAZING.

I want to go to Japan right now just to drink both of those, and eat the cakes!!!!
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Thanks to yesterday's perusal of blogs, I have somehow become an Ayaka Komatsu fan.

Komatsu Ayaka played Aino Minako/Sailor Venus in the live action show Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. Whether or not she was a good Minako was kind of a moot point, because the show completely changed her character. Either way, she wasn't a very good actress, or a very good singer - fact I'm surprised she continued to release CDs and act.

She looks the most 'idol'y out of all of the PGSM cast - everything about her is tiny, save a certain important part. (And it's not her eyes, although those are pretty big too.) She looks fragile and cute and not entirely bright. She's kind of awkward looking, and she only has two expressions, possibly three.


FACE #1: Press lipped smile
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FACE #2 Kissy face/pout
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FACE #3 Serious/Sexy/Grown up (???)
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And yet.

I am completely infatuated by her. She is so adorable and I love her! <3

She is so cute and cheerful and hard working!

She works so hard! She has more on her resume than a lot of the other girls, and seems to be active in the most variety of fields (gravure modeling, singing, and acting).

(#3 is my least favorite expression, because...I'm aware she's a gravure idol and all, but...I just don't find her sexy. Adorable yes, but not sexy.)

From time to time she gives a question corner on her blog, where I learned fun facts: XD
Miyuu is giving her chocolates for Valentine's Day. She says she would need to lose weight to be a regular model (Please no, there will be nothing left of you! :O ) She has a secret recipe (including apples and honey) for her curry! She used to be a cat person, but she's recently awakened to the cuteness of dogs!

<3 <3 <3 Komacchan!

So much cuteness!! )
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Back in 2003 - 2004, there was a live action tv show of Sailor Moon, called Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. After I came back to the Us, I fell behind and eventually stopped watching, but while I was in Japan, I watched every single episode. I was even the official unofficial synopsis writer for the big PGSM fan site.

The story - which started out as pretty faithful to the original manga - ended up deviating rather extremely from any of the previous versions of the Sailor Moon, but for the most part it kept the spirit of the originals - I especially thought Usagi was perfect - and I adored it with that special nostalgia tinged fondness one has for the things one loved way back when.

Today I was looking at some Jpop singer's official blog, and one of the blogs that popped up on the popular blogs of the day list was the blog of Mew Azama, who played Mako/Sailor Jupiter. I went to have a look, to see what she was doing lately, which of course led to me looking for the blogs of the rest of the cast:

All the girls in PGSM were idols of one sort or another - magazine models, tarento, gravure models, and after the show ended, they continued being idols.

In addition to her modeling, Miyu has been in movies, tv shows (both dorama and variety), stage shows, and done some voice acting.

Chisa, who now goes by her real (?) name of Rika Izumi, took 2 years off to finish high school, and then returned to modeling after she got into university in 2008, and is now an official model for RAY magazine. Apparently, she is closest to Mew, and they appear in each other's blogs a lot.

Mew, who is a graduate of Okinawa Actor's School, and a former member of B.B WAVES, and got into Law School in 2005, has been in tv shows (both dorama and variety) in a addition to her work as an official model for NON-NO and CAN-CAM magazines.

Keiko is the only one of the five who is an actress, and has been in 13 movies and 4 dorama since 2006.

Ayaka is a gravure idol** with 7 DVDs and 6 photobooks under her belt to date. In addition to her work as a gravure idol, she has been in several dorama, movies and stage shows, and released several singles and albums under the name Aino Minako.

**Gravure idols are models who appear in men's magazines, and release photobooks and DVDs, often wearing bikinis and striking seductive poses. However, in the traditional definition, these DVDs and photobooks are relatively tame, highlighting the physical beautiful of the idols; they do not appear nude nor in sexually explicit positions.

The girls remain good friends to this day and, from the frequency they appear in each other's blogs (either all together, or in pairs, especially Mew/Rika and Ayaka/Miyu) they see each other quite often. The only exception appears to be Keiko, who doesn't seem to be in any other photos when the other four get together. Unless he is always the one who takes the picture.

And now for a picspam, courtesy of the girl's official blogs! XD

Silver Moon Power, Make up! )
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There are some weird names on here...


Rio is # 5

Honoka
Luna
Fuuka
Kurumi
Yuzuki
Ichika
Minori
Yuzu
Rion
Hiyori
Yua
Manaka
Kotone
Saho
Himari
Kokone/Kokona

Of course there's the noun ones:
Kokoro (heart)
Yume (dream)
Sora (sky)

And a lot of Americanized ones...
Sara
Anna
Karen
Arisa

The backlash against names that end is ko still continues: not a single one on the list.
Two syllable names seem really popular. And I don't even want to know how any of these are written...

Yummy!

May. 22nd, 2010 10:07 am
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I found out to day that along with the library of books, we have a bunch of Japanese magazines to read. For some reason, even though no one at the office is under 25 (and even the interns are all College Seniors) these include a copy of a magazine called Seventeen. Like the American magazine of the same name (they have no connection) 'Seventeen' is a magazine for girl 12-18. In other words, middle and high school girls. Why do we have this magazine at work?

Anyway, it was actually really interesting and I laughed a lot.

I also found out that they have ColdStone Creamery in Japan now. Off I went to the site, and a delicious flavor we don't have in the US!!

Greeeeen Tea Party:
- Green Tea Ice Cream
- Sponge Cake
- Double whipped Cream
- Green Tea Power.

Oh man, it sounds soooo good. It has all my favorite things in it!!!!

Now I want to go to the 31 Flavors (Aka Baskin Robbins) site. They always have the craziest flavors, esp in Japan. I remember when I was there they had a new monthly flavor every month. One time it was Turkish Delight, and it was soooo good.

Apparently they still do that! This months flavor is: Pudding a la Mode. "Custard and Caramel Ice Cream with orange and melon ribbons."



Yum, Japanese food! My favorite restaurants were Pasta & Cake Ducky Duck and Asian Kitchen.

So hungry now! I miss Japanese restaurants!
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I just got off the phone with Hisami. We must have talked for about an hour. It was so great to talk to her - I don't think I've talked to her in about two years. But we were really able to just pick up where we left off kind of, which was great. We talked about manga, Japanese, jobs, she told me how Nozomi's doing, and that she got her teacher's license, I told her about meeting MAX...we could have kept talking, but she was using her host family's phone. She's so cute, she kept saying 'I wish you could fly here! Don't you have wings?'. I really wish I could see her! I'd much rather do that than go to the family gathering in PA tomorrow... But at least we got to talk on the phone. It was so nice.
Being able to reconnect like this is so great, it's really comforting because I'm so horrible at keeping in touch with people, it's great to know that there are people that you can just pick back up with even after a few years. And now of course, I'll resolve to keep in touch more. Hopefully I'll do it this time.
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First of all, I'd like to give you an explanation of the Beat.
Beat is about dancing freely. But when you dance freely, there are several things I want you to try. Usually when it comes to dance, people think about the style & technics. How you should be dancing. But the most important thing about dancing is what you feel inside.Dancing is about expressing what you feel inside.So whats important is to listen to the music & feel ! Feel the sound & try to express your feelings,emotions.If you feel happy ,show it. If you feel cool,show it. It doesn't matter if you're moves are out of control,looking lowsy. Don't think,do as you feel. Doesn't matter if your dance is a mess,the point is to have courage to burst out your energy. Don't think about what people might think about you. Just try to do as you feel. Nobody could dance cool & sharp from the start. Point is to feel the music,express what you feel,don't be conscious about what the others may think about you,don't look down,chins up & burst out your energy. If you feel the rhytm & feel like you want to dance,do as your heart says. You'll know how. Move your feet,sway your body,anything would do as long as you feel the rhythm!

Dancing isn't something you can teach to others. Because it should be coming from the inside of yourself.It should show your personality. So once you start to love dancing you would be learning on your own. The important essence of improving your dance skills is to have strong feeling that you want to dance more.
Willing to dance more & more.

Now about the battle. Pick out a partner,face each other,look into there eyes and burst out your energy to the one in front of you. This battle is a training to dance in front of an audience. If you want to dance just for yourself ,then you don't have to do this battle. but if you're thinking of dancing in front of an audience then this would be a very good training. The important part of this battle is to use your eyes.Look straight into your partner's eyes! The part of your body that most expresses your feelinmgs are your eyes. As I said,dancing is about expressing your feelings,so it would be very important that you use your eyes. And when your on stage you might want to be looking straight into the audience's eyes. Then the audience would be able to see the expression on on your face.First it might be kind of embarassing and you might wanna look down. But have courage, try to make your partner feel what you are feeling. Do everything you can to entertain your partner! Once you overcome your shyness,I assure you will be feeling the excitement of being watched and entertaining others!

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