Archives for : June2015

41st Sosenkyou Memorable Moments – Maeda Atsuko surprise visit to Takamina

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For longtime AKB48 fans, the bond between Takahashi Minami and Maeda Atsuko has always been strong.  And at the end of Takamina’s speech, she received a surprise visit from former AKB48 member Maeda Atsuko.

Sashihara Rino – #1 Center Once Again!


It was time for the 2015 7th AKB48 Sosenkyou (General Election) and many wondered if the tradition of #1 and #2 interchanging centers would happen once again or would Watanabe Mayu win for the second straight year.


And once again, last years #2 takes #1 as Sashihara Rino took top honors with 194,049 votes this year.



The Top 16 votes are as follows:

16.  Muto Tomomi – 44,637 Votes (AKB48 Team K)

15.  Shibata Ami – 49, 199 Votes (SKE48 Team E)

14.  Takayanagi Akane – 52,609 Votes (SKE48 Team KII)

13.  Matsumura Kaori – 53,667 Votes (SKE48 Team KII)

12.  Watanabe Miyuki – 55,715 Votes (NMB48 Team BII)

11.  Kitahara Rie – 61,566 Votes (NGT48)

10.  Yokoyama Yui – 63,414 Votes (AKB48 Team A)

9.  Shimazaki Haruka – 73,803 Votes (AKB48 Team A)

8.  Miyazawa Sae – 75,495 (SNH48 Team SII, SKE48 Team S)

7.  Miyawaki Sakura – 81,422 Votes (HKT48 Team KIV, AKB48 Team A)

6.  Yamamoto Sayaka – 97,866 Votes (NMB48 Team N, AKB48 Team K)

5.  Matsui Jurina – 105,289 Votes (SKE48 Team S, AKB48 Team K)

4.  Takahashi Minami – 137,252 Votes (AKB48 Team A)

3.  Watanabe Mayu – 165,789 Votes (AKB48 Team B)

2.  Kashiwagi Yuki – 167,183 Votes (AKB48 Team B/NGT48)

1.  Sashihara Rino – 194,049 Votes (HKT48 Team H)

Shingeki no Kyojin – attack for GIANTS – Yomiuri Giants x Shingeki no Kyojin collaboration


Yomiuri Giants x Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) titled Shingeki no Kyojin – Attack for GIANTS– Collaboration! July 7-8 vs. the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and July 29-30 vs. the Yokohama DeNA Baystars. Get a booklet/poster illustrated by Isayama Hajime. Watch on the big screen as Eren Yeager and Mikasa Ackerman give a cheer for the Yomiuri Giants. Also, a special scarf will be sold as well.


Love Live u’s Best Album Best Live! Collection II takes #1 in Oricon Weekly Album Charts


On May 27th, the latest “Love Live!” Best Album “u’s Best Album Best Live! Collection II” sold 85,000 copies and placed #1 on the Oricon Weekly Album Charts.

This is a major feat. for an anime-based release to take on the #1 spot on the Oricon Album Weekly Charts since K-On! “After School Tea Time II” which was released in October 2010.

Japanese Baseball Card of the Day: Shigeo Nagashima’s retirement card (Epoch’s Shigeo Nagashima Memorial Treasures)


Shigeo Nagashima, the legendary #3 and the third baseman who along with Sadaharu Oh, dominated the game of baseball as the one-two punch or better known in Japan as “On Hou”!

In 1958, his rookie year would have him leading the league in home runs (29) and RBIs (92) and also taking home the “Rookie of the Year Award”.

Nagashima would win the MVP Award five times, the Best Nine Award for 17 years straight and would become part of the Yomiuri Giants Dynasty that would win nine league championships from 1965-1973.

Nagashima would eventually retire as a player on October 14, 1974 and would become the coach of the Yomiuri Giants, with his best years being 1994, 1996 and 2000, in which they won the championship.  He would also be known for drafting Hideki Matsui (which both would receive the People’s Honour Award on May 5, 2013).

While I could have chosen many other cards in the wonderful and elegant Shigeo Nagashima Memorial Treasures cards from Epoch, the 1974 retirement speech and goodbye is one of the most memorable of Nagashima moments.

Here is a video of the retirement:

Photo of the Day: Tsukiji Market


In central Tokyo between Sumida River and Ginza is the Tsukiji Market.

A market supervised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market (which is part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs), Tsukiji Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.

While the location has been around since 1935, the fish market was established long ago in the late 1800’s by Tokugawa Ieyasu during the Edo Period.  While the original Nihonbashi fish market was destroyed during the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, the market would find a home in the Tsukiji district in 1935.

The location is great for vacationers or locals who are seafood lovers.  Especially since the location has one of the freshest seafood in the planet and the food is just delicious (and very busy).

But if you want to visit the old location, you have until November 2016 as the market will move in November 2016, in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.