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Facebook just asked me if I knew "Sun Hinata." *snort* I guess enough of you guys have friended her that she popped up as a possible friend. That's so funny.

But, I popped over to her page and her babies are so BIG now! OMG. How did this happen?
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Mame has had another baby! :D This time it's a little boy they decided to name 'Aiku.' (Good thing her husband is well-known; since she decided to put her blog on pause while taking care of her family, I never would have heard the news otherwise. *grin*)
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I'm not here! Just posting to saaaaaaay:

MAME HAD HER BABY GIRL THIS MORNING!

On Halloween, two days after the predicted birthdate. She is very pleased about the Halloween birthday♥ And all I can think is.... Two years ago it was Halloween and I was at her last Tea Party.

Wow, time flies.


PS -- Right, right, I forgot to mention. She married Myuji, whom you might possibly remember blew me away when I saw him in Jubilee two summers ago. When she mentioned that in passing a few journal entries ago, I was kinda like: 0_o !!!! Yay!
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I'm not here! Just posting to saaaaaaay:

MAME HAD HER BABY GIRL THIS MORNING!

On Halloween, two days after the predicted birthdate. She is very pleased about the Halloween birthday♥ And all I can think is.... Two years ago it was Halloween and I was at her last Tea Party.

Wow, time flies.


PS -- Right, right, I forgot to mention. She married Myuji, whom you might possibly remember blew me away when I saw him in Jubilee two summers ago. When she mentioned that in passing a few journal entries ago, I was kinda like: 0_o !!!! Yay!
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Takarazuka of Love and Youth
Aoyama Theater -- Feb. 19th, 17:00

Leads:
Mineno Shirayuki (Ryuutan) - Ryuuzaki Kaoru: Makoto Tsubasa
Hoshikaze Suzuko (Tomo) - Yamada Tomoko: Hoshina Yuri
Tachibana Ibuki (Tacchi) - Sawara Ibuki: Ayaki Nao
Benihana Honoka (Beni) - Kawamura Matsu: Ayano Kanami

(Yes, I picked the Tsukigumi OG performance. Ahah.)
Kageyama Kou: Okada Kouki
Hayami Yuusuke: Sakamoto Kenji
Osamu: Matsushita Kouhei


Ensemble:
Ueno Hako (Senda Mayumi '82), Misato Maya ('88), Mitsumi Akiho ('95), Kawazu Megumi (Sono Mikage '95), Kanou Chika ('96), Mizuki Mai ('97), Makise Kai ('97), Ryouma Tomo ('98), Natsuzora Momomi ('00), Mine Makoto (Shimizu Kyouka '01), Hinata San ('01), Ayahashi Miyuu ('01), Sen Hafuri ('02), Yamada Yumiko (Yumeka Ayari '02), Shiotsuki Ayaka (Harusaki Koron '05), Sahane Yuna ('06), Takahashi Hiroshi, Tanimoto Mitsuhiro, Abe Yasunori

First of all: How did I not notice Sakamoto Kenji was in the (tiny) male cast list? I nearly had a happy heart-attack when I saw him come out on stage♥

I'm very, very glad I saw this first live on stage. As many times as I had hoped and started to save up for the '08 DVD, somehow it just never happened. That's good. Although I had a vague idea of the premise and I'd seen enough photos to know that someone dies, the rest was all new and could unfold without me having any expectations. I won't say that it's the cleverest or best thing that I've seen on stage (it wasn't), or that it was the most original (also not), but it was highly entertaining and it did play with your heartstrings like a good musical should. I had big tears rolling down my face at one point, and I could hear most of the audience sniffling.

I'll hit the problem first, which mainly was the fact that because they had four main characters' love stories going on it meant that some weren't really alloted enough time to get you attached to the characters. A couple of the songs seemed a bit out of place too. There was one solo that was really discordant (for obvious reasons), but just didn't seem to fit with the other music at all. And, lastly, I'm a stickler for historical accuracy in the weirdest ways, and the Takarazuka stage costumes were really anachronistic. :/


Plot: )

What I Thought: )

In conclusion, buy the DVD! See the show! It's so worth it. :)
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She also posted an off-stage photo in her blog the other day.


AND!

Another show scheduled for this summer (after "Stepping Out" in the spring). She's going to be in "Victor/Victoria", along with Kashi and Yumiko and a few other OGs. I have to admit I'm not thrilled about Kashi in the lead for this, because she doesn't fit my mental image at all, but... Well, for Hinata San I'll go see it. ;)
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She also posted an off-stage photo in her blog the other day.


AND!

Another show scheduled for this summer (after "Stepping Out" in the spring). She's going to be in "Victor/Victoria", along with Kashi and Yumiko and a few other OGs. I have to admit I'm not thrilled about Kashi in the lead for this, because she doesn't fit my mental image at all, but... Well, for Hinata San I'll go see it. ;)
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Mame has announced her next job!
She's going to be in a musical about tap dancing. :3

"Stepping Out"

Best part? The theater's in Kita-Senju. *g*


Her role is Dorothy, and from the small bits of info I can glean from the internet, she's a "naive but sincere housewife". XD
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Mame has announced her next job!
She's going to be in a musical about tap dancing. :3

"Stepping Out"

Best part? The theater's in Kita-Senju. *g*


Her role is Dorothy, and from the small bits of info I can glean from the internet, she's a "naive but sincere housewife". XD
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Oh, look, I'm skipping ahead because this is even less likely to all stay in my head than other things. ;)

Broadway Musical Live 2010
New National Theater, Tokyo
Nov. 14th


Cast (* = Takarazuka OG)
Male SingersFemale SingersChorus
Ishii Kazutaka
Oka Kojiro
Konishi Ryosei
Sakamoto Kenji
Toi Katsumi
Ayano Kanami *
Shijo Rui *
Shizuki Asato *
Doi Yuko
Hosaka Chizu
Ishii Masato
Kojima Ryota
Tamura Yuichi
Yokozawa Kenji
Sahane Yuna *
Shuto Moemi
Hinata San *
Honda Ikuyo
Makise Kai *
Mizuki Mai *
Yamada Yumiko


It was basically two and a half hours of non-stop, amazing singing, with a small fifteen minute intermission in the middle. It wasn't really advertised at all, despite the OGs in the cast, which is kind of unusual (usually they have fliers to former top star's OG things in the Tokyo Theater). I wouldn't have known about it if M hadn't posted about it. Originally it was scheduled for only one performance, but they added a second at 6:30, so I guess it must have sold out fairly quickly. To be quite honest, I think Kanamin basically blew everyone else out of the water, although Ruirui amazed me in being nearly as strong. I fell more than a bit in love with Sakamoto Kenji and Oka Kojiro.

There were only two disappointments. One was that in the tentative program they had posted online, they said someone would sing "Stars" (Les Mis), which I adore, but that got changed. The other I'll get to in its own time.

I spent three hours on this. Why? XD )


Oh, yes, and there were a ton of OGs in the audience, to judge from all their blog posts, but I'm afraid the only person I spotted was a young Hanagumi otokoyaku and I'm still not sure who she was, other than that the Hanagumi fan ladies I was with recognized her and ran over to talk to her. (I spotted her as looking very much like an otokoyaku before they took off, but wasn't 100% sure.)

...I keep remembering things to add. Despite the disappointing performance, I still bought Zunko ♥senjafuda♥. I've never seen an OG selling senjafuda before. They're from Diana. Which reminds me that Wataru sent, like, three enormous bouquets. One to Zunko, one to one of the male actors (though I can't remember now which), and one to .... now I can't remember if it was Kanamin or Ruirui. Oops.
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Been... way too long since I worked on one of these. XD

87th Class: A Miniature Encyclopedia¹
Episode 6, Haruka Midori

Graph, June 2007

Text/Illustrations by Hinata San

Read more... )

Mame News

Sep. 4th, 2010 05:42 pm
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I've been remiss in sharing the Mame squee, and she's been filling her journal with all kinds of awesome this summer.

[Begin slightly creepy report?]

After Jubilee finished she went to her parents home to Osaka for the summer, and spent all her free time playing some computer fishing game and posting unflattering pictures of her family on her blog. XD

Then she went to cheer on the daughter of one of her supporters, who was having a recital, and posted the cutest Tanabata photo. (Being from Kansai, she was surprised to learn that some parts of Japan celebrate it in August, rather than July.)

Then she went to see Blue Man Group, which she had seen ten years or so ago during a trip abroad, but never in Japan, and has a photo of herself being hugged by a Blue Man. *grin*

Then back to Osaka, (managing to miss her train by going to the wrong platform *g*), and a very shibui photo of herself gazing out the shinkansen window.

AND THEN MAME IN A FIELD OF SUNFLOWERS! gfirbgikgbkj

She went to the Grand Theater to see the new "Exciter!!", managing to post the kind of curtain shot WE always post. *laughs* Looks like she was sitting about where I usually sit, too. ^^;; Really, Mame, B-seki?

She also went to see "New York Rhapsody" and support her classmate, Tomomin♥

She went to try some local folk dancing in Tokushima.

She went to her brother's wedding.

Aaaand, she announced a new show in December (in Tokyo, yay!): Climber vs Climber. She'll be playing the mama in a snack bar. XD

I love that rarely a post goes by without a nice, gratuitous, smiling Mame photo. No food photos. *laughs* Thank you, Mame!

Mame News

Sep. 4th, 2010 05:42 pm
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I've been remiss in sharing the Mame squee, and she's been filling her journal with all kinds of awesome this summer.

[Begin slightly creepy report?]

After Jubilee finished she went to her parents home to Osaka for the summer, and spent all her free time playing some computer fishing game and posting unflattering pictures of her family on her blog. XD

Then she went to cheer on the daughter of one of her supporters, who was having a recital, and posted the cutest Tanabata photo. (Being from Kansai, she was surprised to learn that some parts of Japan celebrate it in August, rather than July.)

Then she went to see Blue Man Group, which she had seen ten years or so ago during a trip abroad, but never in Japan, and has a photo of herself being hugged by a Blue Man. *grin*

Then back to Osaka, (managing to miss her train by going to the wrong platform *g*), and a very shibui photo of herself gazing out the shinkansen window.

AND THEN MAME IN A FIELD OF SUNFLOWERS! gfirbgikgbkj

She went to the Grand Theater to see the new "Exciter!!", managing to post the kind of curtain shot WE always post. *laughs* Looks like she was sitting about where I usually sit, too. ^^;; Really, Mame, B-seki?

She also went to see "New York Rhapsody" and support her classmate, Tomomin♥

She went to try some local folk dancing in Tokushima.

She went to her brother's wedding.

Aaaand, she announced a new show in December (in Tokyo, yay!): Climber vs Climber. She'll be playing the mama in a snack bar. XD

I love that rarely a post goes by without a nice, gratuitous, smiling Mame photo. No food photos. *laughs* Thank you, Mame!
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Jubilee VIII ~Special Edition~
Buddhist Hall -- July 10th, 18:30

[ Official Web Site ]

Cast: Kanzaki Jun, Iori Naoka (OG), Tasai Shun (OG), Otomo Reika (OG), Hinata San (OG), Myuji, Miura Kouta, Kawamura Kazuna, Akane Koyuki, Satou Eiichi, Shimizu Atsuko, Sugiyama Nao, Tokuyama Taeko, Hikari, Kondou Kaita, Kondou Anmi, Fukushima Katsushige

It was a really, really short run --only four performances over two days-- and the cast was much smaller than the previous Jubilee. Despite all of that, they still put together a really great performance. I'm a bit torn over which I liked better.

Read more... )

Tickets are expensive, but you get the feeling that the money is going directly to these people, and the warm feeling between the cast, and between the cast and the small audience is something special. If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend going to see Jubilee.


After that show, there was an After-Talk. Mame had told us about it ahead of time, so I was expecting it, and that's why I originally asked for a ticket to such a late performance. Mame was the MC and came out talking a mile-a-minute, as she does. Iori-san apparently can't understand her when she does that (or her own mother, either), she told the audience, so she was going to do her best to talk slowly. .... She did try. Through the magic of ...something, I can actually follow her even when she's talking like a humming bee♥

It was a cute talk. They all talked a bit about back-stage things and the rehearsals. And Iori-san talked about her daughter. Kanzaki-san seemed more relaxed than he was after raku in January. He called Mame the "Mood-Maker". *grin* Miuta talked about staring in some Korean drama which is coming to Japan soon.

I'm a bit sad Mame won't be in Jubilee IX next winter, but not tooooo sad, because I know what she is going to be in. But she hasn't posted it publicly yet, so please wait to find out! :D
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The Land of All-Powerful God
Haiyuza Theater, June 5th 14:30

Starring: Osawa Mikio, Fuuta, Azuma Takeshi, ARCHE, Hinata San, etc.

Official Site

Summary: )

What I Thought: )

Altogether I left the theater wanting to turn right back around and see it again, but the last three shows were all sold out by that point. Oh, I wish I had been less sensible and gotten a second ticket when I had the chance..... So hard to call it, but this was possibly the best show that I saw this year.

(Also, I spent a lot of the play gazing at Matsushima Kenichiro (Shibata Katsuie), who is so ruggedly attractive and scowls so well♥)
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You guys are very bad at ignoring things, aren't you? *grins* Well, fine, make me log in then.


Anyway! Things I've been meaning to post!

So, Hatsuhime Saaya (for those who don't know, 'hatsuhime' means 'first princess') went to help Mame out with her makeup in her first princess role. <3 Awesomeness.


AND! Poster of Love! Eheehee. :3
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So I feel a bit like Mame is going through the check-list of all the otokoyaku-to-mainstream-actress woes on the list of clichés. But she's also doing it in such an amusing way that I'm enthralled. Before it was how she always ended up dancing with male buyou movements, no matter how well she started out in the dance to begin with. Lately it has been costume-fitting and her bemoaning the fact that none of the women's clothing ever fits, and worrying about making her face look small enough, etc. But my favorite is her triumphant purchase of a pink phone, since a teacher in Music School told her pink would never suit her and she had to give it up, but now, she points out, she has both a pink phone AND she'll be playing a princess, so obviously the teacher didn't know anything. >:D

← Yes, you will never escape these. Mame amuses me too much.
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So I feel a bit like Mame is going through the check-list of all the otokoyaku-to-mainstream-actress woes on the list of clichés. But she's also doing it in such an amusing way that I'm enthralled. Before it was how she always ended up dancing with male buyou movements, no matter how well she started out in the dance to begin with. Lately it has been costume-fitting and her bemoaning the fact that none of the women's clothing ever fits, and worrying about making her face look small enough, etc. But my favorite is her triumphant purchase of a pink phone, since a teacher in Music School told her pink would never suit her and she had to give it up, but now, she points out, she has both a pink phone AND she'll be playing a princess, so obviously the teacher didn't know anything. >:D

← Yes, you will never escape these. Mame amuses me too much.
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This, THIS was one of the first things I saw when I woke up this morning and I wanted to post about it but I knew Lucia would kill me if I went to work without saying something about my weekend.

Mame has been posting every day in her new journal. And it is so very Mame-like♥

And she's growing out her hair and she went to Saaya's ochakai and then they went out and did karaoke together until the wee hours of the morning♥ Songs related to shows where they played husband-wife teams. Those two♥


~*~*~

And Touyan of course didn't forget to post today to congratulate the three underclassmen graduating from the Grand Theater. (fangirl)
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This, THIS was one of the first things I saw when I woke up this morning and I wanted to post about it but I knew Lucia would kill me if I went to work without saying something about my weekend.

Mame has been posting every day in her new journal. And it is so very Mame-like♥

And she's growing out her hair and she went to Saaya's ochakai and then they went out and did karaoke together until the wee hours of the morning♥ Songs related to shows where they played husband-wife teams. Those two♥


~*~*~

And Touyan of course didn't forget to post today to congratulate the three underclassmen graduating from the Grand Theater. (fangirl)

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