Sunday, February 17, 2013

[J-Music] the HIATUS (band introduction)

Artist: the HIATUS
Formed in 2009
Official website:

I found the HIATUS because of Miyavi's album "Samurai Sessions Vol. 1" there he sings a song called "Silent Anger" together with Takeshi Hosomi. I really like the voice of Takeshi Hosomi and looked him up - and there was the HIATUS.

This band was formed in spring 2009 by the singer of the band Ellegarden, Takeshi Hosomi, as his solo-project after his band announced their indefinite hiatus in 2008. All the other members came from well-known bands and are skilled in music. The members' previous popularity might be one reason for the number 1 position at Oricon charts of their first album "Trash We'd Love" released in May 2009. Afterwards they took part at many festivals. The released two other albums ("Anomaly" in June 2010 and "A World of Pandemonium" in November 2011).

I listened to their latest album "A World of Pandemonium" and I liked it very much. Especially the cooperation songs with Jamie Blake are pretty nice, but I also like the sound of the other songs - I'm in love with Takeshi Hosomi's voice. You probably would also like this band (^-^)

Takeshi Hosomi – vocals, guitar  --- Ellegarden
Masasucks – guitar  --- Fullscratch
Koji Ueno – bass   --- Radio Caroline, Thee Michelle Gun Elephant
Takashi Kashikura – drums   --- Toe
Hirohisa Horie – keyboard  --- Neil & Iraiza

Live support members:
Masakazu Ichise – drums --- Asparagus
Ichiyou Izawa  – keyboard --- Tokyo Jihen


Sunday, February 10, 2013

[J-Dorama] Sweet Room

Name: Sweet Room | スウィートルーム
Released: August - October 2009
Main actors: Mukai Osamu, Kaname Jun, Narimiya Hiroki, Toyohara Kosuke, Iriyama Noriko, Shiomi Yukari and more
Other: mobile phone drama

"Sweet Room" is a keitai drama - movie to watch on your mobile phone - with 4 episodes. Every episode tells a love story which takes place in the suite room of a hotel. They all are running around 15 to 20 minutes.

Last Love
The first episode tells the story of an unsuccesful photographer (Narimiya Hiroki) and an unsuccesful model (Shiomi Yukari). They meet at a photoshooting for a supermarket advertisement and the he directly fall in love with her. Some time later she invites him to the suite room to take beautiful photos of her and later tells him her secret. This episode is very sensual, but has a bittersweet ending.

The second episode is about a young couple. As birthday present for his girlfriend Riko (Hasegawa Emi) he (Mukai Osamu) wants to fulfill one of her biggest wishes - a night in a big suite. He goes to the room earlier, prepares everything and welcomes her in a nice suit. They eat birthday cake together and spend a lovely time. This episode is full of deep and true love and lets your heart melt away.


The next episode is about two guys called Takashi (Kaname Jun) and Mamoru (Kubota Yuusuke) and their female friend Risa (Watanabe Naoko). One day Mamoru asks Takashi what he thinks about Risa and tells him he can have her because he will die. Mamoru really died to days later and the funeral was on a rainy day. A recorded mobile phone message from the dead friend orders both to the hotel suite.

Room Service

A woman, Kazuhi-san (Iriyama Noriko), is waiting at the suite to meet her boyfriend she is in a long distance relationship with. But he stands her up with a call. For sure she is pretty sad and tries to forget it with spending time together with the man of the room service, Takahara-san (Toyohara Kosuke), who takes care of her.

Except of the last episode all have a sex scene - some really passionate and with lots of deep kissing. For sure you can't see anything, but you can feel the deep emotions.

My two favorites are "Birthday" and "Last Love" which I really can recommend. "Room Service" is also nice, but maybe a little bit boring. I didn't like "Triangle" very much, because this episode is a little bit confusing.

All in all, I think it's worth watching (^-^)v