On the news today…

19 Jun

A few things that were on the TV news today…

  • A woman in Belgium is suing the tattoo artist who put 56 stars on her face.She claims that she requested that he ink only three stars on her face, and then she fell asleep while he was tattooing her…and when she woke up, she discovered that the entire left-side of her face was covered in stars.


    The tattoo artist, who is completely covered in tattoos and piercings himself, claims that she requested a tattoo of exactly 56 stars on her face and that’s what she got.


    The tattoo artist

    It’s hard to be sure who’s lying…but, personally, I think I believe the tattooist. Even though he looks bizarre…why would he jeopardize his livelihood and give his customer a tattoo over 18 times the size that they requested?
    And could a person sleep who their face is being tattooed?

  • 田鍋友時 (Tomoji Tanabe) died today at the age of 113.He was the world’s oldest man. (Now the world’s oldest man is an Englishman named Henry Allingham. Mr. Allingham is also 113 years old…but he just turned 113 a couple of weeks ago—田鍋友時 (Tomoji Tanabe) would have turned 114 this September, had he lived.)
  • The longest continuously-running manga ever, 「こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所」 (“This Is The Police Box In Front Of Kameari-Park in Katsushika-ward (Tokyo))”, will be made into a live-action TV series.


    It already has a popular anime series. I like to watch the anime (TV cartoon)…so I’m planning to check out the live-action TV series when it starts airing this August (on Saturdays).

    The main character, 「勘吉両津」 (Kankichi Ryoutsu), will be played by 「香取慎吾」 (Katori Shingo) of the J-pop band SMAP.

    "Shingo" as "Kankichi Ryotsu"

    "Shingo" as "Kankichi Ryotsu"

    The story 「こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所」 (“This Is The Police Box In Front Of Kameari-Park in Katsushika-ward (Tokyo))” is about a team of police officers in a small town in Tokyo…the main character is Kankichi Ryoutsu. He’s very strong and can run extremely fast…even though he always wears 「下駄」 (Japanese traditional wooden sandals).

    But he prefers to try get-rich-quick schemes rather than police work.

    There are also many other characters in the series…for example, a motorcycle cop named Honda who’s extremely timid and nervous–until he gets on his Kawasaki motorcycle (his brother-in-law is named Kawasaki and rides a Honda motorcycle!).

    If you go to the town in Tokyo that this manga is based, you can see the police box that the characters are stationed at. (If you ask the real policemen at this police-box where Kankichi Ryoutsu is, they’ll often say that “he’s out on patrol”!).

    Also, at either exit of the 亀有駅 (Kameari Train Station), there is a statue of Kankichi Ryoutsu.

    I took a photo of each one:


11 Responses to “On the news today…”

  1. tokyo5 August 1, 2009 at 1:16 am #

    The first episode of the live-action version of 「こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所」 (“This Is The Police Box In Front Of Kameari-Park in Katsushika-ward (Tokyo)”) that I mentioned in this post will air today.

    I plan to watch it. I like the anime.


  2. joe June 25, 2009 at 10:30 am #

    i’m starting to dislike girls with tattoos


    • tokyo5 June 25, 2009 at 10:51 pm #

      It seems like everyone in America has tattoos now!
      When I lived in Florida, tattoos weren’t such a common site.


  3. Baby Sis June 24, 2009 at 1:22 am #

    I agree with you about the tattooed lady. I can’t imagine how someone could sleep while having all of that happen to one’s face.


    • tokyo5 June 24, 2009 at 1:39 am #

      I guess she regretted her decision and wants the money to have the stars removed with laser surgery.


  4. tokyo5 June 22, 2009 at 9:23 pm #

    >What TV programmes do you watch in Japan

    Here are some of my favorites:



  5. cuteandcurls June 22, 2009 at 2:49 pm #

    Yep it is an American reality show. It follows the events happening in this tattoo parlour owned by her, a spin-off Miami Ink. Its very monotonous now with all these reality tv shows. What TV programmes do you watch in Japan ..if they dont have reality shows as this.


  6. cuteandcurls June 20, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    I am just speechless when I saw the tattooist himself .. i like body art but too much can be a wee bit too expressive to the eyes to see. Well what can i say about that girl ? How can be sleeping soundly when her face is being pricked with needles carving through her skin? I dont get it at all. Maybe she realised it didnt look good on her a little too late. Try and be a Kat von D and you got the wrong style.

    That anime looks very interesting and ive only heard about it from here. I hope to see that someday on dvd. Seeing statues of famous anime characters are one of the many reasons i am very much enticed to go to Japan.

    have a great weekend


    • tokyo5 June 20, 2009 at 10:19 am #

      You’ve never heard of the 「こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所」 anime?

      It’s very famous and popular in Japan.
      As I said, it’s the longest continuously-running manga series.

      BTW, what does “Kat von D” mean?


      • cuteandcurls June 20, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

        Nope Ive never heard of this anime until today when you blogged about it. So its older than Doraemon and Gundam?

        Kat von D is a famous female tattooist based in LA. She has her own show called LA Ink, she was part of the Miami Ink team until she moved back to LA.


      • tokyo5 June 20, 2009 at 11:20 pm #

        >So its older than Doraemon and Gundam?

        Actually, Doraemon is an older manga…but Doraemon stopped for a year or so at one point and started again.
        So, 「こちら葛飾区亀有公園前派出所」 is the oldest continuously-running manga.

        >Kat von D…has her own show called LA Ink

        Is it an American “reality show”? About a tattoo-artist?
        Sounds like it’d be monotonous.
        Reality shows are quite popular in America, it seems.
        Very different from TV in Japan.


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