Actress Koyuki (27) and Irish singer Enya (43) are to collaborate on the singer’s new video. The full-length video for “Sumiregusa” (Violet Grass) will feature Koyuki in an extended version of what TV viewers have already seen in the currently airing Panasonic commercial for the Viera TV. The decision to do a full-length version came after an overwhelming number of inquiries from viewers, many wanting to know if Enya was really singing in Japanese, which she is. The two-and-a-half minute version will be made by NTV. The TV commercial shows Koyuki as a fairy-like figure on a grassy hilltop, but the new version will be set in a church, reflecting the Christmas timing. Koyuki is best known abroad for her role in the Hollywood hit The Last Samurai.
3 days ago
John Neptune is a rare bird indeed, a non-Japanese who has truly mastered the traditional shakuhachi flute and risen to the very top as a performer in Japan. I once had the pleasure of running into John, must be nearly 30 years ago now, and found him to be a lovely guy. I had no idea at the time of the acclaim he had already received. ...
4 days ago
Glad to hear that my friend Ric O'Barry has received justice under the Japanese legal system, even if it took the best part of 5 years to get it. This man has been fighting to protect dolphins for an incredible 50 years now! ...
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3 weeks ago
This story shows how Japan has both changed, and yet not quite changed, with the times. It can be summarized by this paragraph:
"Despite rising awareness of LGBT rights, Japan is the only G7 country that does not recognise same-sex marriages, and much of the country’s multibillion-dollar love hotel industry accepts only heterosexual couples." ...