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SCANDAL’s MAMI & TOMOMI; “Nationwide final, thank you, Okinawa! MAMI-chan’s hair colour has changed.” - TOMOMI

Extra: It’s been since 2 days ago but Mami’s hair was done at RISEL by Imaoka Hayato-san. No longer orange, the colour is described as a ‘triple-layer colour’, going from Ash grey ➡ Turquoise ➡ Blue. (Additional pictures from HERE.)

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Aaand…now for the main event! Funassyi made his professional wrestling debut when he participated in a Battle Royale match with all the wrestlers of Ryuyu Dragon Pro Wrestling in Okinawa on April 18, 2015. Before a packed crowd, he managed to emerge victorious. The match will most likely be part of his Funanomics 2 DVD. Fans at the event marveled at Funassyi’s prowess as a wrestler.

(Photo sources: 1 - the Ryukyu Dragon Facebook Page, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7, 8, 9, 10.)

“A formidable task force carves out a beachhead, about 350 miles from the Japanese mainland. Landing craft of all kinds blacken the sea out to the horizon, where stand the battlewagons, cruisers and destroyers.” Okinawa, April 13, 1945.

From the series: Activities, Facilities, and Personalities, 1886 - 1967. Records of the U.S. Coast Guard.

U.S. forces invaded Okinawa on April 1, 1945, during one of the last campaigns of World War II.  The Battle of Okinawa lasted from early April until mid-June 1945 as the Allies sought to gain the island for use as a strategic air base against mainland Japan. The battle was one of the bloodiest in the Pacific, and over 77,000 Japanese soldiers were killed or committed suicide, while the Allies suffered over 14,000 deaths.  Additionally the local population suffered significant casualties, and an estimated 42,000–150,000 local civilians were killed or committed suicide.

via the National Archives at Boston on Facebook

SCANDAL; “JAPAN” blogpost by MAMI☆

“SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015『HELLO WORLD』Okinawa performance has ended! With that, the 31 performance in Japan have ended with no problems!! Thank you very much to all those who’ve came to say HELLO!!! Thank you to each place, for the delicious meals, new findings and everyone’s smiles, along with the most wonderful, valuable times and superb nights☺︎ Thanks to you all, it’s been a power up.”

“A new me (/referring to the new hair). Finally, we’ll be taking off for overseas! I’ll be exploding with all the power I’ve received from these 31 performances. I’ll absorb plenty of things and then return. Kindly look forward to the new SCANDAL!! Pa”

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Ernie Pyle (8/3/1900 - 4/18/1945)

Famed columnist and war correspondent Ernie Pyle was killed on April 18, 1945, while covering the Battle of Okinawa.  He can be seen spending time with members of the invasion force on board ship prior to the invasion of Okinawa, in this Universal Newsreel from April 9, 1945, filmed only weeks before his death.

The brief clip featuring Pyle begins at roughly 0:40 in the video below:

US Marine Corps Brigadier General Timothy Donovan, lays a wreath on the foot of the Ernie Pyle Monument. The monument, in Ie Sihma, Japan, Marks the spot where the famous journalist lost his life to a Japanese sniper, during World War II. The Monument was rededicated on July 22, 2000, to commemorate  Ernie Pyle’s 100th birthday, 7/25/2000

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SCANDAL; “SCANDAL WORLD TOUR 2015 "HELLO WORLD” IN JAPAN finished! Next is France! à bientôt!

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色々考えさせられるお仕事でした。限られた時間の中で何を必要とされているのか、何を撮りたいのか表現したいのか。被写体をちゃんと見てファインダーを覗いてまた被写体を見てまたファインダーを覗いてシャッターを切る。丁寧に。神経質に。光をきちんと見て。フィルムが好きとかデジがいいとかそういうのはもうどうでもよくって、ただ写真を撮るのが楽しいと思った。