Morning Musume’s original promotion video contest

Japanese pop group Morning Musume is collaborating with Myspace for an OPV contest where the public is invited to create a promotion (music) video for “3, 2, 1 Breakin’ Out”, coupling song for the girls’ 39th and latest single.

Japanese pop group Morning Musume

The contest is opened to everyone regardless of age, sex, nationality; the winner will receive 390,000 yen (~USD4k) and some other bonuses. Relevant clips and audio is provided; expiry date June 19. Check out Myspace for more details.

Any video makers or Momusu fans here?

Anime Expo brings Morning Musume to LA

Japanese pop group Morning Musume is going to perform at the Anime Expo (AX), America’s largest anime convention that will be held on July 2-5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Japanese pop group Morning Musume

J-pop fans in the region should be pretty excited about the news despite the fact that Morning Musume’s popularity has been fading a bit in recent years… the all-girls group is an icon synonymous to Japanese pop culture after all.

Some self-proclaimed hardcore anime fans might not be too happy though; I’ve known a few people that don’t fancy pop stars intruding anime/manga conventions, especially those whose previous works are totally not related to anime culture.

Japan’s most wanted artist lovers 2008

Japan’s Count-Down-TV [Jp] has concluded their annual poll for “the most wanted artist as girlfriend/boyfriend” in 2008, with YUI and Jin Akanishi topping the girlfriend and boyfriend category respectively. [Update] The video has been deleted.

Top 20 Japan’s most wanted girlfriend 2008

1. YUI – 2. Kaori Mochida – 3. Ayumi Hamasaki – 4. Ai Otsuka – 5. aiko – 6. Ai Takahashi – 7. Ai Kawashima – 8. Kiyoe Yoshioka – 9. Maimi Yajima – 10. Yui Aragaki – 11. Nocchi – 12. Namie Amuro – 13. Ayaka – 14. Kaela Kimura – 15. Kumi Koda – 16. Misako Uno – 17. Hiroko – 18. BoA – 19. Mai Kuraki 20. Reina Tanaka

Top 20 Japan’s most wanted boyfriend 2008

1. Jin Akanishi – 2. Kazuya Kamenashi – 3. Hyde – 4. Jun Matsumoto – 5. Tomohisa Yamashita – 6. Takahiro – 7. Takahisa Masuda – 8. Jaejoong – 9. TAKUYA∞ – 10. Sho Sakurai – 11. Koichi Domoto – 12. Akihito Okano – 13. Kentaro Kobuchi – 14. Ryo Nishikido – 15. Yusuke Kamiji – 16. Yuya Tegoshi – 17. Masaki Aiba – 18. Haruichi Shindou – 19. Teppei Koike – 20. DAIGO

Note that in Japan the term “artist” often refers to singers, so there aren’t any “pure” actors/actresses in the list. Korean stars BoA and Jaejoong are the only two non-Japanese celebrities who made the top 20.