Kawaii May 27, 2016 11:06 am

Japanese Mascot Obsession


Kawaii May 27, 2016 11:06 am

Japanese Mascot Obsession


Japanese Mascot Obsession

Japan’s mascot craze has become fodder for comedians and late night TV hosts due to it’s bizarre charm. It’s definitely an “Only In Japan” aspect to their pop culture. Essentially, the concept of assigning mascots started with company advertising and that success prompted some areas of Japan to use them to promote tourism. Many regional...

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Japan’s mascot craze has become fodder for comedians and late night TV hosts due to it’s bizarre charm. It’s definitely an “Only In Japan” aspect to their pop culture. Essentially, the concept of assigning mascots started with company advertising and that success prompted some areas of Japan to use them to promote tourism. Many regional...

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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 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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J-Pop December 14, 2014 9:20 pm

Shoko Nakagawa J-Pop Profile


J-Pop December 14, 2014 9:20 pm

Shoko Nakagawa J-Pop Profile


Japanese Mascot Obsession

Shoko Nakagawa is a “tarento” (media personality), actress, voice actress, illustrator, and singer. She is the daughter of Katsuhiko Nakagawa, a celebrity in Japan in the 1980s. She is represented by the Watanabe Entertainment talent agency. Her nickname is Shokotan (しょこたん). Shoko Nakagawa’s father was a big influence on her life. When she was five,...

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Shoko Nakagawa is a “tarento” (media personality), actress, voice actress, illustrator, and singer. She is the daughter of Katsuhiko Nakagawa, a celebrity in Japan in the 1980s. She is represented by the Watanabe Entertainment talent agency. Her nickname is Shokotan (しょこたん). Shoko Nakagawa’s father was a big influence on her life. When she was five,...

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J-Pop December 14, 2014 9:16 pm

Scandal J-Pop Profile


J-Pop December 14, 2014 9:16 pm

Scandal J-Pop Profile


Japan Dreaming

Scandal (スキャンダル Sukyandaru, stylized as SCANDAL) is an all-female Japanese pop rock band from Osaka. Formed in August 2006 by four high school girls, they started playing street lives until they were noticed and signed to the indie label Kitty Records. In 2008, they released three singles and a mini-album while performing shows in the...

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Scandal (スキャンダル Sukyandaru, stylized as SCANDAL) is an all-female Japanese pop rock band from Osaka. Formed in August 2006 by four high school girls, they started playing street lives until they were noticed and signed to the indie label Kitty Records. In 2008, they released three singles and a mini-album while performing shows in the...

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