Takuya Kimura plays Miyamoto Musashi

Japanese actor Takuya Kimura is playing legendary Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi (in the 17th-century) in his latest TV drama series, which aired its first episode on March 15th.

Takuya Kimura Miyamoto Musashi drama series

Takuya Kimura turns into Antarctic explorer

Japanese star Takuya Kimura is starring as a historical South Pole explorer in Japanese drama series The South Pole ~ the story of the men and dogs who stood up to God’s field, due to air in October 2011.

Japanese star Takuya Kimura

The drama will tell the true story of the Japanese expedition team and their dogs who became the first people (and dogs) in the world to spend a year in Antarctica between 1957-1958 when much about the South Pole was still a mystery.

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Japanese celebrities with wonderful smile

Actor Satoshi Tsumabuki and actress Aoi Miyazaki topped an Oricon poll of celebrities with wonderful smile. Top 10 below:

Japanese actor Satoshi Tsumabuki Japanese actress Aoi Miyazaki

Men – 1. Satoshi Tsumabuki – 2. Teppei Koike – 3. Masaharu Fukuyama – 4. Yusuke Kamiji – 5. Hiroshi Tamaki – 6. Ryo Ishikawa – 7. Hiro Mizushima – 8. Ryuta Sato – 9. Takuya Kimura – 10. Sanma Akashiya

Women – 1. Aoi Miyazaki – 2. Aya Ueto – 3. Becky – 4. Yui Aragaki – 5. Masami Nagasawa – 6. Saki Aibu – 7. Haruka Ayase – 8. Yukie Nakama – 9. Yu Aoi – 10. Suzanne

Kimutaku is Japanese TV commercial king

Japanese star Takuya Kimura was the most popular male personality in TV commercials in 2008. Kimutaku appeared in 10 TV commercials last year and tied with ex-professional tennis player Shuzo Matsuoka at the top spot.

Japanese artist Takuya Kimura

The most popular female personality in TV commercials in 2008 is Becky, who appeared in 14 TV commercials.

Male personalities – Takuya Kimura (10) – Shuzo Matsuoka (10) – Shingo Katori (9) – Hiroshi Tamaki (8) – Sekai no Nabeastu (8) – Shun Oguri (7) – Junichi Okada (7) – Shosuke Tanihara (7) – Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (7) – Senichi Hoshino (7) – Tomoya Nagase (7) – Tomohisa Yamashita (7)

Female Personalities – Becky (14) – Saki Aibu (11) – Yukie Nakama (10) – Aya Ueto (10) – Ryoko Shinohara (10) – Maki Horikita (10) – Aoi Miyazaki (10) – Yuri Ebihara (9) – Yuki Amami (8) – Norika Fujiwara (8) – Miho Kanno (8) – Yu Aoi (8)

Kimutaku and Beyonce

Japanese star Kimura Takuya and American star Beyonce as seen in the advertisement for luxury handbag brand Samantha Thavasa.

Japanese star Kimura Takuya and American star Beyonce

The duo worked together for the ads in October in Tokyo.