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 Boy Bands & Idol Groups Suck

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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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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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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