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(Idol News) About the Japanese article describing JYJ as “traitors”, it was changed to “members” after JYJ’s fans complaints

14 Feb

K-pop takes on the world while J-pop stays home


It has since been reported that the women’s parents may be behind the mutiny. In the fall of 2009, three members of Tohoshinki, arguably the most widely adored K-pop group so far, quit the band with similar complaints about management accompanied by similar gossip about parental interference. In both cases, the groups had already made their mark on Japan, which brings up the question of timing. When K-pop artists quit their agencies, theoretically they’re finished in show business. The three Tohoshinki members have managed to stay in the game as a new pop entity, JYJ, mainly thanks to their management in Japan.


After receiving very emotional messages from fans of JYJ, I have changed a sentence in the column that originally described the three members of Tohoshinki as “traitors,” a word that deeply offended these fans. I apologize for any pain this word may have caused. I believe most readers understood my ironic use of the word, which was not intended to insult JYJ. It was used in regard to the trio’s relationship to their former talent agency, in the sense that they “betrayed” their management by leaving their contract, or so the management claimed initially.

Source: Japantimes
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(Cuisine) Flourless Chocolate Cake (Scandinavian)

14 Feb

12 oz (340 g) semisweet chocolate (45-50 % cocoa)
5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) butter
5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) milk
5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) finely ground almonds
4/5 cup (180 g) sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs, separated
Flourless chocolate cake

1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C).
2. Line a 9 in (23 cm) cake tin with grease proof or other non-stick paper and grease the tin.
3. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with butter and milk over hot water.
4. Beat the egg yolks with half of the sugar.
5. Fold in the melted butter and chocolate mixture.
6. Fold inn ground almonds and baking powder.
7. Beat egg whites until frothy by using an electric mixer; gradually add the remaining sugar, beating until stiff peaks form.
8. Fold in the beaten egg whites.
9. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Please note that cakes of this type will collapse and look like a pie (see the picture).

The Flourless Chocolate Cake may be served warm or cold with whipped cream. The cream may be dusted with cocoa powder before serving, and the cake may be dusted with powdered sugar.

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(Drama) City Hunter

14 Feb

City Hunter

TV Show: City Hunter
Revised romanization: Siti Hyunteo
Hangul: 시티헌터
Writer: Tsukasa Hojo (manga)
Network: SBS
Release Date: May 25, 2011
Runtime: Wednesday & Thursday
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

City Hunter is a Korean drama based on the manga (with the same title) by Tsukasa Hojo. It was published by Shueisha in the Weekly Shonen Jump from 1985 to 1991. The live rendition of Siti Hyunteo (Korean romanization of the title) will be aired in SBS in 2011. Last confirmed it will be aired at May 25th, 2011.

Good news for all the fans of Lee Min Ho for he will be the main lead and will perform the role of Lee Yung Jong – the sexy playboy who’s full of charisma but doesn’t know what to do in the presence of the women. One catch is that this playboy is blessed with skills in solving mysteries.

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(Film) Death Bell 2

14 Feb

Death Bell 2

Death Bell 2 : Bloody Camp is a Korea horror film. This film is sequel of Death Bell in 2008. Eventough Death Bell 2 is sequel of Death Bell, but the story is unrelated with the previous film. Filming begin April 2010 and released at July 28, 2010.
Movie: Death Bell 2: Bloody Camp
Revised romanization: Gosa Du Beonjjae Yiyagi: Gyosaengsilseop
Hangul: 고사 두 번째 이야기: 교생실습
Director: Yu Seun-Dong
Writer:Park Hye-min, Lee Jeong-hwa, Lee Gong-ju
Producer:Kim Gwang-su
World Premiere: July 23, 2010 (Puchon International Film Festival)
Release Date: July 28, 2010
Runtime: 90 min.
Production Company: iHQ, Toilet Pictures, Core Content Media
Distributor: Next Entertainment World
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

In South Korea, the high school student and swimmer Jeong Tae-yeon (Yoon Seung-ah) is found dead in the pool, which is found as a suicide. Two years later, teacher Park Eun-su (Hwang Jung Eum) joins the high school where Tae-yeon’s stepsister Lee Se-hui (Park Ji-yeon) is haunted by nightmarish visions and is bullied by the student Eom Ji-yun (Choi Ah-jin). Eun-su finds it difficult to get respect in the classroom and is backed up by an older teacher, Cha (Kim Su-ro). Se-hui and her classmates are selected for an elite “study camp” held at the school during the summer break where 30 students study for their university entrance exams. The school’s swimming trainer is murdered in the showers, and the words “When an innocent mother is killed, what son would not avenge her death?” found scrawled on a blackboard. A voice warns the students that they’ll all be killed unless they can answer who is the murderer and why. The students and teachers find they’re locked in the school when more deaths begin to happen.

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Heart and heart…….

14 Feb

La Corda d’Oro 金色のコルダ (Kin’iro no Koruda)

14 Feb

La Corda d’Oro 金色のコルダ (Kin’iro no Koruda)

La Corda d’Oro (金色のコルダ Kin’iro no Koruda) is a role-playing game series targeted at a female audience under the Neoromance series from Koei. The title comes from the Italian for The Golden String.

The story is being adapted into a manga by the game’s character designer, Yuki Kure, which is currently serialized in LaLa magazine. An anime adaptation, titled La Corda d’Oro: Primo Passo, was first broadcast by TV Tokyo from October 2006 to March 2007. The anime also premiered on Animax. It was aired across its respective networks worldwide, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, also translating and dubbing the series into English for its English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia, and other regions. Sentai Filmworks acquired North American rights to the series, has released it in two half-season box sets, and is streaming it online.[1] The first of a 2-episode anime special, entitled La Corda d’Oro: Secondo Passo, was aired by Kids Station on March 26, 2009, but unfortunately the season ends at a climax. La Corda Secondo Passo was ment strictly to promote the video game. Fortunately fans are fighting for continuation of La Corda at:
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Genre :Romance, Music, Fantasy
Developer : Koei
Publisher : Koei
Genre : Console role-playing game, life simulation game, visual novel
Rating : CERO: A
Platform : Windows, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable
Released : Windows:JP September 19, 2003
PlayStation 2: JP March 18, 2004
PlayStation Portable: JP November 16, 2005

Written by Yuki Kure
Published by Hakusensha
English publisher Australia New Zealand Madman Entertainment
Canada United States Viz Media
Singapore Chuang Yi
Demographic Shōjo
Magazine LaLa
Original run March 5, 2004 – ongoing
Volumes 16
TV anime
La Corda d’Oro: Primo Passo
Directed by Kōjin Ochi
Studio Yumeta Company
Licensed by Canada United States Sentai Filmworks
Network TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, TV Tokyo, TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
English network Singapore Malaysia India Pakistan Thailand Philippines Republic of China Hong Kong Animax, United States Anime Network
Original run October 1, 2006 – March 25, 2007
Episodes 25

Kahoko Hino is a student in the General Education section of Seiso Academy. One day she runs into Lili, a musical fairy, who grants her a magical violin and a place in the school’s annual musical competition. Kahoko refuses, only to be pressed on by Lili until she accepts the instrument and place in the competition. As she practices, Kahoko is amazed that she can play any musical piece as long as she knows the tune and plays it with her heart. As the competition goes on, she becomes more and more attached to the people she is trying to compete with.


1. Kahoko Hino (Hino Kahoko 日野香穂子) Voiced by: Yūki Nakajima (game); Voiced by: Reiko Takagi (anime and drama CD)

Kahoko is the female protagonist of the series. She is a second year at Seiso Academy and is in the General Education department. She has a warm and friendly personality and is very honest and straightforward, as shown from the way she expresses herself through her violin. She remains oblivious throughout the story to the attention of the males surrounding her.

2. Azuma Yunoki (Yunoki Azuma 柚木 梓馬) Voiced by: Daisuke Kishio

A 3rd year student who takes in 1st year girls as his loving fans. He tries to act carefully to avoid any bad rumors. His specialty is the flute. He has been best friends with Kazuki and supports him in everything he does. He is in the Music department in Seiso High. He is cassanova in this school. He has two sides in his heart.

3. Keiichi Shimizu (Shimizu Keiichi 志水 桂一) Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama

A 1st year student whose specialty is the cello. He has angelic eyes and often sleeps. His world revolves around his cello.

4. Len Tsukimori (Tsukimori Ren 月森 蓮) Voiced by: Kishō Taniyama

He is a 2nd year student from the Music department. His specialty is the violin, just like Kahoko. Len always comes to Kahoko’s side every time she gets hurt.

5. Kazuki Hihara (Hihara Kazuki 火原 和樹) Voiced by: Masakazu Morita

He is a 3rd year student from the Music department. He is the best friend of Azuma and supports him in everything he does. His specialty is the trumpet.

6. Ryoutaro Tsuchiura (Tsuchiura Ryōtarō 土浦 梁太郎?) Voiced by: Kentarō Itō / Voiced by: Ayumi Tsunematsu (young Tsuchiura)

A 2nd year student from the General Education department. He plays soccer and his specialty is the piano. He always helps Kahoko, because Kahoko was the reason he started playing piano again.

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(CTS) Batik_Javanese Indonesia

14 Feb

Batik (Javanese pronunciation: [ˈbateʔ]; Indonesian: [ˈbatɪʔ]; English: /ˈbætɪk/ or /bəˈtiːk/) is a cloth that traditionally uses a manual wax-resist dyeing technique.

Javanese traditional batik, especially from Yogyakarta and Surakarta, has notable meanings rooted to the Javanese conceptualization of the universe. Traditional colours include indigo, dark brown, and white, which represent the three major Hindu Gods (Brahmā, Visnu, and Śiva). This is related to the fact that natural dyes are most commonly available in indigo and brown. Certain patterns can only be worn by nobility; traditionally, wider stripes or wavy lines of greater width indicated higher rank. Consequently, during Javanese ceremonies, one could determine the royal lineage of a person by the cloth he or she was wearing. Now, batik is used in many events, and almost Javanese girl use it (batik) with kebaya in their important moments such as school graduated and wedding.

Other regions of Indonesia have their own unique patterns that normally take themes from everyday lives, incorporating patterns such as flowers, nature, animals, folklore or people. The colours of pesisir batik, from the coastal cities of northern Java, is especially vibrant, and it absorbs influence from the Javanese, Arab, Chinese and Dutch cultures. In the colonial times pesisir batik was a favourite of the Peranakan Chinese, Dutch and Eurasians.[citation needed]

UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on October 2, 2009. As part of the acknowledgment, UNESCO insisted that Indonesia preserve their heritage.

Batik or fabrics with the traditional batik patterns are also found in several countries such as Malaysia, Japan, China, Azerbaijan, India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal, and Singapore. Malaysian batik often displays plants and flowers to avoid the interpretation of human and animal images as idolatry, in accordance with local Islamic doctrine.

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(Cuisine) Recipe Semi-liquid Chocolate Cake (flourless)

14 Feb

6 oz (170 g) bitter chocolate (70-85% cocoa)
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup (220 g) sugar
2 eggs (safe to eat uncooked)
3 tablespoons corn starch


1. Preheat oven to 350 deg F (Gas mark 4 or 180 deg C) and grease one 7 in (17.5 cm) cake tin.
2. Break the chocolate into small pieces and melt it with butter over hot water.
3. Beat the eggs with sugar for 5 minutes, add corn starch and mix well.
4. Fold in the melted butter and chocolate mixture and transfer to the cake tin.
5. Bake at 350 deg F for about 10 minutes; check with a toothpick that about ¼ in (6 mm) of the surface is cooked.
6. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes and serve with ice cream.
Yield : 6 serving

Credite : Saskia, March 2009
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