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Ayase Haruka‘s new movie “Hotaru no Hikari( Glimmer of a Firefly)” will release on 9th June. This is a film version of the drama “Hotaru no Hokari” based on the hit comic of the same title, broadcast by NTV in 2007 and 2010. It is a love comedy and became very popular especially among Japanese young women. In the drama Ayase plays a roll of a 20’s woman Amemiya Hotaru who is efficient at her work but not much interested in love, rather likes to be lazy and relax  inside her own house. So she was called “Himono Onna”  It  means “a woman like a dried fish” in English.

The story begins with a happening that by mistake Hotaru is going to have to live under one roof with Takano Susumu who is a manager of the company ( “Bucho” in Japanese, Hotaru always called him Bucho in the drama) where she is working. The “Bucho” is very scrupulous and likes to keep things neat in contrast with Hotaru. What’s interesting about the drama is that there are a lot of funny misunderstandings and fights due to the differences between their lifestyles and yet the two people gradually become drawn to each other, at last they become get together. Fujiki Naoto plays as Bucho. He is a Japanese handsome actor with 178cm tall.

Hotaru and Bucho take a honeymoon trip to Italy in the movie to come.  They meet another “Himono onna” played by Matsuyuki Yasuko there. She tells a lie on a whim, says “Bucho is my fiance.”  It causes a slapstick comedy as usual, like , Bucho is kidnapped by someone..

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    .    .     .Ayase Haruka

.   .      .           .            .       .   Fujiki Naoto                            Matsuyuki Yasuko

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Below are the televised shots of some variety programs where Ayase and Fujiki appeared in to promote their new movie.  They were broadcast by NTV on this May.

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          on the set of  “Hotaru no Hikari” in Italy
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          Ayase and Fujiki also in Italy.

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.       . Doing a quiz

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.        She is cooking Sushi for her movie staff in Italy

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山P、米横断の旅DVD発売

山下智久(27)が、シカゴからサンフランシスコまで米国を横断する国道66号線(ルート66)を1人旅した日本テレビ系「山下智久・ルート66~たった一人のアメリカ」(1月2日~3月26日まで月曜深夜12回放送)のDVD、ブルーレイが大ヒットしている。1万枚を超えればヒットという市場で、2万1000枚を売り上げている。・・・

日刊スポーツ
http://www.nikkansports.com/entertainment/news/p-et-tp0-20120426-940298.html

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an English translation of  the above article from the Nikkan Sports

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New release DVD & BD of Yamapi’s  journey across America

Yamashita Tomohisa’s new DVD & BD of his journey is becoming a big seller.   They were produced from his TV travel program ” Yamashita  Tomohisa Route 66 Tattahitori no America ” broadcast by NTV from January to March of this year. Though DVD is regard as a big seller if it sells more than about 10000 copies  in Japan, they sell over 20000 copies now.

Yamashita made a two-week journey by driving himself  along Route 66 last November without his manager or usual staff. One night he noticed that he hadn’t any bottled mineral water right before a bedtime at a St. Louis suburb motel on the second day of his journey. As he was warned by his staff not drink tap water because it could lead to upset his stomach. Yamashita, who has a considerate mind towards others, couldn’t disturb the staff’s sleep at 2:00 am, so he made an international call to his more close manager in Tokyo. In the end the manager awoke Yamashita ‘s support staff  by a international call again to make them bring the drink to Yamashita 🙂

But he was changing  gradually while he was driving 3700 km by himself and having talks in English with the local people of America. He became to so open up to others that he could ask Mr. Angel, a master of a barber shop in Seligman city Arizona, to shave the cameraman of the party with beardy in English, meanwhile he offered to the role for the cameraman and shot the scene. He said he learned how important relating to others actively is.

Yamashita has become mentally tough by these experiences. After returning to Japan he made plans for a fan event on the theme of the trip. On May 19th, Yamashita with his 380 fans selected in a lucky draw will look back the trip in the event at a theater in Tokyo.

(April 26,2012 from the newspaper ” Nikkan Sports”)

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from the final episode

At last Yamapi arrived at L.A! He completed his Route 66 trip successfully.

When he saw something new in America, he kept using the word ” sugeee!(which means “Wow great!”, young people’s language in Japan)”It was very funny for me.

Even though it was only a two week trip,  we enjoyed seeing his natural face on the show. Whenever he appeared on a variety program in Japan, he seemed not to express his feelings very much. In contrast here, he talked freely, laughed aloud, raised a cheer, rocked to the music. We could see a variety of his aspects.

The theme of the trip was ” what is the most important thing in the world? ”
Every time he met experienced people on his trip, asked “what do you think is the most important thing in your life? ” and he hung on their answers.
I guessed he might be searching for his own way of life as a talent, because he started the trip right after he had gotten out of the NEWS, a Johnny’s group he had belonged to for long time.
Anyway,  the trip became a memorable work for him as a watershed moment in his life, I think.

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*Yamapi is Yamashita Tomohisa who is a Japanese idol talent belonging to Japanese major talent agency Johnny’s. Arashi and  SMAP also belong to the agency.

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.                I did it!!,  in L.A

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.                   Thank you Akkun! You did a fine job!

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.  Yamapi scratches the surface of his car with a coin” Tomo , 2011,11.15, In L.A

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.                I’m  filled with a feeling of accomplishment

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.                 I could have various meetings on my trip.

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.  Look back at the trip

.            With an elderly couple who run their private museum of Route 66

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.               He’s amazed at the big steak in a restaurant in Texas.

He ordered a steak which could be free if eating up everything of it, but he couldn’t 🙂

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.      The man is a stuff of one of the Route 66 museum in Oklahoma. Yamapi is surprised to look at his full-body tattoo.

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.              At a coin laundry in Oklahoma, it is for the first time in his life. While waiting for finishing the laundry, he is studying English.

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.             At the mysterious Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona

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.                       He’s jumping at the Monument Valley in Arizona

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.                                  viewing the map and checking plan for the day

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.       Quenching  Akkun‘s thirst at a gas station.

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.              Yamapi drives led by the local bikers in Willams, Arizona

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.              Yamapi happens to know them at  restaurant. They say “We have something we want you to see” and they take him to the Grand Canyon.

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.       With the owner of the old souvenir shop along the Route 66. He is 84 years old. Wow!

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.      The old man says ”If you try, you can do it.”

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from Episode 8

—visit Monument Valley on the Route 66 trip—

When Yamapi just came to Arizona, said
“actually, I have a place I wanna go”
turning pages of the guidebook.
That was Monument Valley, the holy ground of American Indian
Navaho , and also famous for a shooting place of the western films.
He saw some sites of great Monument Valley being guided by a
scion of Nabaho.

Over the travel, what has made me curious is that Yamapi looked
more relaxed and frankly when he talked with Americans in
English than when he talked in Japanese in Japan. By now He has
been reserved about everything, so cheerful Yamapi looked very
new to me:D.
After all, language is not only a communication tool but also
culture itself that includes it’s traditional manners and such.

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sitting around a fire. from right, the guide here, Yamapi, the guide’s
father. They are descendants of Navaho Indian. Yamapi was
listening avidly to Nabaho‘s teachings..
Later, He stayed the night at an old Nabaho‘s dwelling.
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the guide  “Let’s go another point, John Ford‘s Point ”
yamapi  “John Ford’s point… ?”
the guide ”yes, named after the movie director”
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I do feel I’m in the primitive wilderness.
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yelled  out at soundless  world

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I am really glad to have been born on the earth
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the majestic view of the rising sun from Monument Valley
touched Yamapi‘s heart
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He left Monument Vally and resumed his journey to L.A
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from Episode 3

Yamapi encountered Veterans day Parade in St. Louis Missouri.
Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring armed service veterans.
There are many cars and hundreds of motorbikes from Missouri or Illinois, waiting for the parade. Yamapi was amused to see some cars and bikes which were refurbished by veterans as they like.
He enjoyed watching the parade and talking with veterans who show off their car of their own making merrily.

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Yamapi “Excuse me, What’s going on here?”
the American “Veterans day parade,you see flags everywhere?
you gotta be here for Veterans Day ”
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the American ” So, what are you filming for?”
Yamapi “I’m going to go to L.A by Route66…. ”
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yamapi “how fast is it?”
man in the car “it’s pretty good, 48 mile by an hour, it’ll fly 😉 ”
yamapi “so cool!”

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the man said “I got a website. check it out” giving his name cards to Yamapi

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with a veteran on his tricked-out car (great!)
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“call me later!”
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Yamapi seems to be really moved by Vast land, wide skies and
openhearted people in America.
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Yamapi‘s new TV show has started on Nihon TV in
January 3,2012.
the Program title is
YAMASHITA TOMOHISA ROUTE 66, all alone in America
He travels on Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles by car,
alone, a cameraman and a few staffs aside.

First of all he went to a used car dealership in Chicago
to find his partner of the trip. and met an old red truck
there.

Yamapi “How old is this car?”
shopman “It’s 1985 ”
Yamapi “Oh, same age as me…”
shopman  ”Realy? this will work perfectly.”


Yamapi test-drived the car


shopman  ”Do you like it?”
Yamapi   ”Yes,I like it…I’ll take it!”

after this kind of talk Yamapi bought this rickety vehicle.
I guess the reason why he picked out the car is
“the same age” maybe 😀
Yamapi gave a name to his new car as “Akkun
He looks kind of happy, feeling relaxed than usual in a
strange place where nobody knows him.
By the way, it is also in 1985(the year of Yamapi’s birth)that
Route 66 was decommissioned, something mysterious connection ♪
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at a used car dealership in Chicago

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finally he got this car of the same age as him

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buying a sleeping bag, foods and magazines for travelling,
talking friendly with the store staff

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going to restaurant for breakfast

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He ordered an omelette as the old kindly waitress recommended it

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the restaurant is famous because most of the route 66
travelers are first to visit
He was saying “I was looking forward to coming to this restaurant”

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”delicious!” with a pleased look

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drinking beer in the bar, his beautiful profile like an actress!

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The movie “Ashita no Joe” will be released in Japan next February

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“a fateful encounter” ” a fatal showndown”
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from the sport paper above

【あしたのジョー】
梶原一騎氏が原作、ちばてつや氏が作画した漫画。
1967年12月から1973年5月まで「週刊少年マガジン」に連載された。70年、80年には
テレビでアニメ化。80,81年にはアニメ映画にもなった。
ボクシングに打ち込む青年・矢吹丈力石徹らライバルとの対決を経て世界的なボクサー
になるまでを描く。今でも人気は高い。
”Ashita no Joe”
It’s original writer is Kajiwara Ikki, the picture painter is ChibaTetsuya.
This manga was serialized in ”Shonen Magazine” from 1967.12 to 1973.5,
and made into an anime in 1970 and 1980, into a movie in 1980 and 1981.
It is a success story describing a young future boxer Yabuki Joe who is getting to become a worldwide boxer through many battles against such strong rival as Rikiishi Toru. Even now, the tale is very popular among Japanese.

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Shiraki Yoko is a daughter of a wealthy family Shiraki Zaibatsu, and philanthropist. Her father is the owner of boxing gym which Rikiishi Toru belongs to. She takes over her father’s work later on. The role is played by Karina, a Japanese popular actress.

Rikiishi Toru is Yabuki Joe‘s biggest rival. He and Joe meet in a reform school. Iseya Yusuke plays the role, he is a model-turned actor.


Tange Danpei is the owner of Tange boxing gym, with atypical appearance. He recognises Joe‘s outstanding talent for boxing and trains him. Kagawa Teruyuki plays the part. He was born of a famous actress and a Kabuki actor parents. He is so smart that he gradated the Univercity of Tokyo.

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the most popular scene in Ashita no Joe.

I’m burned…
completely blank…
burned out…
like white ash…
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sorry I can’t make a good version of them^^

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