Iwase Yumiko to graduate from Nogizaka46

Iwase Yumiko (Nogizaka46)Iwase Yumiko announced her graduation from Nogizaka46.

She said she had decided to leave “because of her dreams”. She plans to create her own band to play her favourite music.

She will continue to participate in the events with the group until November 18.

Iwase Yumiko was the eldest member of Nogizaka46. She had joined the unit in August 2011 when it was formed.


Mariko to graduate from Lyrical School

Lyrical School (ex Tengal6)Mariko announced her decision to graduate from Lyrical School (ex Tengal 6). She will leave the group in early 2013.

A graduation live will be held on January 26.

The information has been revealed during Lyrical School’s 2nd anniversary one-man live.


Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku – Ebichu no Eien ni Chuugakusei

Ebichu no Eien ni ChūgakuseiThe DVD and Blu-ray box sets from the TV show Ebichu no Eien ni Chuugakusei (エビ中の永遠に中学生) hosted by Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku will be released on December 12.

These box sets include 6 discs featuring volumes 1 to 6 broadcast on Tokyo MX between April and September 2012. The also contain bonus video contents.

The products will be on sale for a limited time only from December 12, 2012 to March 31, 2013.


Up Up Girls – Upper Rock / Ichiban Girls!

Up Up Girls - Upper Rock / Ichiban Girls!Up Up Girls’ 7th single Upper Rock / Ichiban Girls! (Upper Rock / イチバンガールズ!) will be released on November 7.

It is a double A-side single.

The song Ichiban Girls was previously sold during the live Up Up Girls vs The Possible held on October 7 at Shinjuku Blaze.

This CD is the last indies single from Up Up Girls before their major debut under the label T-Palette Records.


Japanese Idol Calendars 2013

Idol Calendars 2013Japanese idol calendars 2013 are on sale now.

Calendars from 9nine, AKB48, Cheeky Parade, Hello! Project (Berryz Kōbō, °C-ute, Mano Erina, Morning Musume, S/mileage), Idoling!!!, Nogizaka46, Super☆Girls, Tokyo Girls’ Style, Shinozaki Ai (AeLL), and Sakai Asaka (LinQ) are available.


Momoiro Clover Z × Furby

Momoclo × FurbyMomoiro Clover Z participate in a promotional campaign for Furby electronic toys.

A TV commercial featuring Momoclo is aired in Japan since October 12.

They also perform a CM song Wee-Tee-Wee-Tee. In the music video, Momoiro Clover Z members are dressed in Furby costumes.

Watch the CM, the PV for Wee-Tee-Wee-Tee, and making-of footage below.


Super Girls and Cheeky Parade in Bijin Tenki

Super Girls × Bijin TenkiSuper☆Girls and Cheeky Parade are going to be featured in Bijin Tenki (美人天気).

Bijin Tenki is an iPhone / Android application in which pretty Japanese girls give weather forecast in Japan.

The campaign with Super☆Girls and Cheeky Parade is temporary and will start on October 24. It will last throughout the fall.

Other idol groups like Morning Musume, Berryz Kōbō, °C-ute, S/mileage, or Vanilla Beans have been previously featured in the app.