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Girls Generation, my favorite (current) Korean girl's group has finally come to Japan! They're called 'Shojo Jidai' there, which is the Japanese reading of the kanji they use. I know some people are weirded out by that, but honestly, that's how I automatically read those kanji anyway, so it doesn't bother me. LOL

Judging from the 22,000 people who came to their first concert this week, I think they're going to do really well in Japan. The cool thing about it was that the audience was 80% female. Already, people realize that they're on the level with artists like Namie, rather than idols like AKB or Morning Musume.

Sooyoung can speak Japanese pretty fluently too, so they've already got a leg up on their fellow Korean girl groups like KARA who've recently debuted in Japan.

New clips showing part of the girl's first showcase.

Here's they're Japanese debut song, Genie. It's not bad. The Japanese doesn't fit very well, and well, as far as pronunciation goes, this is their first song ever, so I'm sure they'll only get better.

Now I will post my favorite songs, because <3 <3 <3.

Some of the songs not only have English subs, but tell you whose singer, which, with a 9 member group is very helpful. (My fav member is Jessica <3)

Videos! )
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This section of the picspam is made up of photos from Lena's blog.


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Lena Fujii (藤井リナ) is my favorite Vivi Model. She's 25 years, 5'4" and a quarter American. (Her mom is Japanese, and her dad is biracial) She started modeling for Vivi when she was 19, after being scouted in Harajuku, after which she moved to Tokyo into an apartment by herself, and quickly became one of their top models, thanks to her strong work ethic, sweet smile, great bod, and her ability to combine a girlishly cute 'kawaii'-ness with a aura of coy sensuality.

In addition to Vivi, she also appears in several other magazines: sweet, ar, VOCE, and LOOK!s, and models for several companies such as Peach John, and has her own line of kimonos, yukata, wedding dresses and jewelry. She has released one photo book, LENA, and one album, also titled LENA, and recently, an essay/photo book of off-shots called 'No Make', which also contains photos from her blog, Ochappy Days ~Fuji Lena's Ochame de Happy-na Hibi~". (Lena Fuji's mischievous, happy days') She's also appeared in music videos, commercial, and has a radio show.

She has an apricot toy poodle named Tiffany, and is dating ISSA from Da Pump.
She has also dated YamaP from NEWS, and KAT-TUN members Jin Akanishi and Koki Tanaka.

In high school, she studied abroad for a while iin both Switzerland and Los Angeles, because she decided that she hated not being able to speak English looking as un-Japanese as she does. In Switzerland, she was bullied at the school by students who said things like 'Japanese girls like you shouldn't be wearing make up! You're so impudent!', and 'Japanese people should either write manga or go on the internet!', and decided to get revenge by wearing lots of make up and slutty clothes and stealing the leader of the mean girl's boyfriend.

Her best friend from Tokyo says she's a 'princess', and Lena agrees, saying that when she was a teenager, she used to wonder 'Why do I have to live such an ordinary life? Why do I have to live in such an ordinary apartment building?" and that when she grew up, she realized, 'That's because I'm an ordinary person!'

Despite weighting only 96 lbs, according to her official profile, she eats a lot, usually enough for two people, and once ate 6 bowls of tan-men noodles, and once ate yakiniku 5 times a week for an entire 6 months.

Her personal PR is: No matter how depressed I am, or how hard things are, I'll be fine the next day! No one can get over things faster than me!

PART ONE: Pictures from Magazines.

(Note: While I have been subscribing to Vivi magazine since 2001 - way before Lena's debut - I don't have any of the magazines at the house, so these photos are just from 2009 and 2010)

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See you next post for part 2: BLOG PHOTOS!
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So Cy and Chicchai!Aileen and I began our Epic Re-watching of Sailor Moon S this weekend, and so far it's quite amusing, and we come up with character meta that my 8th grade self never dreamed of. (Such as the fact that Haruka and Michiru are swingers, attempting to lure each of the senshi in for a bit of fun, and how Usagi and Mamo-chan have really bad sex in the present, but had super hot dirty sex both in their previous lives on the moon kingdom, and in the future in Crystal Tokyo). Dirty minds aside, I still have such a fondness for the show, and the darker themes of the manga that inspired it, and well, the world just seems a little more magical with a reincarnated Moon Princess running around saving it from evil.

In that spirit of nostalgia, here is a (MASSIVE) picspam of my favorite pics from the Sailormoon art books. (Looking at these brought back so many memories!)

Warning: one or two slightly NSFW images under the cut. Yes, you read that right.


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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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