Tokyo Beer Guide: Summer Session

5. Atsuko Maeda (前田 敦子) Birthday: July 10, 1991 Formerly the most prominent member of J-Pop idol group AKB48, Maeda has shifted to acting and a solo music career. Her most recent films are Kabukicho Love Hotel (2014) and Initiation Love (2015), but she is also acting in a television drama called Kageri Yuku Natsu...

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5. Atsuko Maeda (前田 敦子) Birthday: July 10, 1991 Formerly the most prominent member of J-Pop idol group AKB48, Maeda has shifted to acting and a solo music career. Her most recent films are Kabukicho Love Hotel (2014) and Initiation Love (2015), but she is also acting in a television drama called Kageri Yuku Natsu...

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J-Pop April 6, 2015 1:16 pm

J-Pop Boy Bands & Idol Groups Suck!


J-Pop April 6, 2015 1:16 pm

J-Pop Boy Bands & Idol Groups Suck!


Japan Dreaming

Japan’s pop culture can sometimes draw a feeling of shock and awe from foreigners. We hear about vending machines that dispense used panties, boyfriend shaped pillows, and creepy humanoid robot receptionists. In truth, these are not examples of Japan’s pop culture, but instead an illustration of the bizarre undercurrent flowing beneath the mainstream. Japan’s pop...

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Japan’s pop culture can sometimes draw a feeling of shock and awe from foreigners. We hear about vending machines that dispense used panties, boyfriend shaped pillows, and creepy humanoid robot receptionists. In truth, these are not examples of Japan’s pop culture, but instead an illustration of the bizarre undercurrent flowing beneath the mainstream. Japan’s pop...

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Anime & Manga April 1, 2015 5:28 pm

Pachinko Guide: Beginners & Balls


Anime & Manga April 1, 2015 5:28 pm

Pachinko Guide: Beginners & Balls


Japan Dreaming

Pachinko parlors are ever-present in Japan’s urban and suburban landscapes. In Tokyo, there can be dozens in a several block radius, making Starbucks look like a rare feature by comparison. Understanding their appeal is extremely difficult for foreigners, apart from seeing them as a novelty, but this pachinko guide will give you the basics. Pachinko...

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Pachinko parlors are ever-present in Japan’s urban and suburban landscapes. In Tokyo, there can be dozens in a several block radius, making Starbucks look like a rare feature by comparison. Understanding their appeal is extremely difficult for foreigners, apart from seeing them as a novelty, but this pachinko guide will give you the basics. Pachinko...

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J-Pop December 14, 2014 9:31 pm

BABYMETAL J-Pop Profile


J-Pop December 14, 2014 9:31 pm

BABYMETAL J-Pop Profile


Japan Dreaming

Babymetal (stylized BABYMETAL) is a Japanese metal vocal and dance group, consisting of Suzuka Nakamoto, Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno. The three teenaged girls and their group are managed by the Amuse talent agency. History The group was initially formed as a subunit of the female idol group Sakura Gakuin under the concept of a...

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Babymetal (stylized BABYMETAL) is a Japanese metal vocal and dance group, consisting of Suzuka Nakamoto, Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno. The three teenaged girls and their group are managed by the Amuse talent agency. History The group was initially formed as a subunit of the female idol group Sakura Gakuin under the concept of a...

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J-Pop December 14, 2014 9:25 pm

Momoiro Clover Z J-Pop Profile


J-Pop December 14, 2014 9:25 pm

Momoiro Clover Z J-Pop Profile


Japanese Mascot Obsession

Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ) is a female idol group of selected members from Stardust Promotion Agency’s 3-B Jr Department. The group formed in 2008 as Momoiro Clover and made their musical debut a year later with the single “Momoiro Punch” under the indies label Happy Music Record. In early 2010 they signed with Universal Music...

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Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ) is a female idol group of selected members from Stardust Promotion Agency’s 3-B Jr Department. The group formed in 2008 as Momoiro Clover and made their musical debut a year later with the single “Momoiro Punch” under the indies label Happy Music Record. In early 2010 they signed with Universal Music...

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