Daily Archives: January 30, 2010

Ebizo, Mao Announce Engagement

Ichikawa Ebizo, Kobayashi Mao

Kabuki star Ichikawa Ebizo (32) and freelance announced Kobayashi Mao (27) held a press conference yesterday to formally announce their engagement. The pair got engaged in December, but yesterday’s event was their first time together in public. Speaking to dozens of reporters and TV cameras at a hotel in central Tokyo, they said they will probably be holding a wedding ceremony and reception in July, though Ichikawa said they have yet to decide the exact date and venue. Kobayashi is scheduled to step down from her job as a presenter on the NTV show “News Zero” at the end of March, but plans to continue her career.
Earlier story:
Ebizo, Mao on the Verge of Marriage (Nov. 20, 2009)

From K-1 Fighter to Techno Star

Sudo Genki, World Order

Former K-1 fighter Sudo Genki (30) has reinvented himself as a techno musician and it seems to be paying off. A video featuring his new “performance unit” World Order has been viewed more than 125,000 times on YouTube and the eponymously titled song is now available as a digital download from the Recochoku service. Sudo wrote the words and music for the techno tune and also choreographed the robotic dance moves. Check out the video below.