Miscellaneous

Questions and Answers

Considering that I have not been the most consistent of bloggers, I was very surprised when Jenny of Kdrama&More told me that she had nominated me for a Liebster award. Thank you very much for this, Jenny. I am v. v. flattered to be included on your list given that I completed only one K-drama last year (and haven’t even gotten around to writing about it yet =.=)

I’m aware that there’s another component to the Liebster Awards but I think I’ll answer your questions first because knowing me, it will take another five billion years before I get around to the rest of it. So here goes:

1) If you could go on a date with an actor/actress for one day who would you choose and why? (more…)

Why is So Ji-sub selling bras?

Okay, this might be old news for some of you but in my defence, I have been living in a hole under a huge rock, so this is the first time I am seeing this ad:

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[via source]

At first, I thought it was the Korean version of the man-bra that the Japanese had come up with a few years ago (no really, you can buy it on Rakuten) but upon, um, closer inspection, Vivien appears to be a lingerie brand targeted solely at women. Parent company Namyeung has a separate line for men called Gentoff but from what I can see, its range of underwear seems to be limited to briefs. (On a separate note, why are they hiring Caucasian models when there are so many Korean actors who can fill those pants more than adequately? I have a list of guys I would like to see model those briefs, starting with a certain baseball pitcher, but I digress.)

Perhaps Japanese lingerie label Peach John should take a leaf out of Namyeung’s book and hire a few of J-ent’s finest to endorse their wares instead of relying on the same AKB48 faces all the time. Of course, this being Japan, the male celebrity would probably have to model the bras to, you know, demonstrate their cleavage-enhancing properties. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind. Here are my top three candidates for the job: (potentially NSFW unless you live in France or a Scandinavian country)  (more…)

The Midnight Express Christmas Giveaway *updated*

So ’tis that time of the year to be jolly and stuff, and in keeping with the spirit of the season, I’m giving away the following photo books:

Kim Nam Gil Japan    gekkan men_matsuda shota

For two lucky winners, to perv at and to hold:

On the left we have the Japanese edition of Kim Nam-gil’s pictorial opus, Into the Wild (complete with DVD) and over on the right, we have Matsuda Shota channelling his inner Marquis de Sade in the Oct 2012 edition of Gekkan Men. Both are brand new.

To participate, let me know what your favourite crack drama is and what you’d like to see more of on this blog in the comments section below. And of course, don’t forget to tell me which book you want. Please remember to include your email address as well so I can contact you if you’re the winner!

Closing date: Sunday, December 1, 6pm PST

*** Thank you pinkpodster, epikredbean and Nutella for writing in! I wish I had three Matsuda Shota photo books to give away but alas, I have only one T.T

That said, congratulations, Nutella! May your days be filled with lots of pretty Matsuda goodness :DDD Please check your email. ***   

Music Video of the Week: Telephone cover by Team Kozan

It’s not uncommon to find western classical musicians covering pop songs but this is the first time I’ve come across a cover that makes use of traditional Japanese instruments (specifically a  bamboo flute and zither known as a shakuhachi and koto respectively). I wouldn’t have thought this would work with a Lady Gaga song and I’m surprised how well the musicians behind Team Kozan pull it off.

What makes this cover even more special is their reason for doing it:

“We Japanese got a lot of help from GAGA 2 years ago for “Japan earthquake”. We never forget gratitude to GAGA. and We wish GAGA complete recovery,and we are waiting for comeback of GAGA.”

(Insert: “Awww…”)

I’ve never heard of Team Kozan before but from what I gather browsing their website, the founder Ishikura Kozan is a shakuhachin expert and also offers lessons to those interested in picking up the instrument. Details and more videos can be found on their website: http://www.shaku8kozan.com
 

Love, Looove, Loooooove: Smart Motery Man

I am about to collapse from jet lag and exhaustion after spending the whole day navigating Tokyo’s metro but before I do that, I want to post this first.

So today I watched Daito’s stage play, Smart Motery Man, and if it were possible, I’d buy another ticket and watch it again — yes, it is that fabulous. (I thought I was being early by buying my ticket more than a month in advance. Obviously, that wasn’t enough. All the seats on the ground floor were already gone by the time I started looking for tickets.)

Hand on heart, I could not recognise Daito at all when I first saw him on stage. The way he looked, moved and sounded was so different that for about 15 minutes, I was wondering when he was going to show up…until it dawned on me that the guy with the weird perm and funny accent was actually him.

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Initially, I thought his character was going to be your average salaryman with zero game — that was the impression I got from all the promo materials — but him playing a loser yankii is obviously 10,000 times better. Oh god, and wait till you hear him rap. That definitely woke me up from my jet lag…XDD  (more…)

Dramas on My Mind: Fall 2012 Edition

Now that the Olympics are over, who’s excited for the next season of dramas? I don’t know about you but nothing really made me swoon this past summer (though this might change once I start watching Answer Me 1997 and Arang proper.) However the fall season is looking really promising (for J-dramas, at least.) Question is: Will they live up to their potential?

This season, I am looking forward to:

The last time I did one of these things, all my predictions backfired on me and I ended up being underwhelmed by the dramas I thought I’d love and loving those I thought I’d find stupid as hell. (I’m not sure I want to know what this says about me -.-;) Hopefully reality won’t be too cruel to my expectations this time round. (more…)