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When you think of Japanese pop groups, you probably think of cute and sexy girls who are competing for fame. But did you know that a certain group in Japan called "Pottya (ぽっちゃ)" is shaking up the world with the weight of their chubby members? Yes, it's true! This...

One of the well-known Japanese directors who continued to move forward in the third decade of his career is director Shunji Iwai (岩井俊二). He is a rare director who showcases fablelike tales with his distinctive visual style. His masterpiece, Love Letter, became a box office hit and still continues...

When it comes to Japanese culture and entertainment, ninjas are just as iconic as samurais. And when a typical moviegoer gets asked how to describe a ninja, he or she might say, "Ninjas always wear black. They move so swiftly when they climb walls, jump on rooftops, infiltrate territories,...

Cheerleading is a highly recognized physical activity around the world. In Japan, it is popularly known as a sport that requires athletic ability and physical strength. Teams are divided into males and females and they compete with routines through different levels. in.reuters.com/ But did you know that cheerleading is not only...

Every year, beauty pageants are held. And when it comes to international beauty pageants, people are especially excited to see the various beauties from different countries come to a single stage to compete. One of the more popular international beauty pageants is Miss World, and each year, pageants are...

The music industry of Japan is widely distinct due to its variety of performers in both traditional and modern styles. Not only is their music different from the Western style, but also their musical performers. One of these is the ever-popular Japanese idol groups which consist of boys and...

A large segment of the entertainment industry in Japan consists of none other than what we call "idols." Idols in Japan, whether performing by group or individually, gain attention and reaches out to fans from both inside the country and across the globe through their work which mostly focuses...

Having just recently scored a backheel goal in the Rio 2016 Olympics, this 21-year-old player is set to be one of Japan's brightest rising star in soccer. Takuma Asano psarsenal.squarespace.com/ Barely anyone outside of Japan has heard of the name Takuma Asano. He was a normal regular player in the J1 League...

Today, kids and adults alike are always up to date with the newest trend thanks to the easy access to the Internet. We all know that everything that's popular now will come to cease after some time whether it be a trend or a fad. But the impact that...

Instagram has currently over 500 million users and more and more Japanese celebrities are joining this picture/video-sharing social networking site. Some of the latest additions to the growing number of popular Japanese actors on Instagram are Yamazaki Kento, Takayuki Yamada, and Nobuyuki Suzuki. Yamazaki Kento (山崎賢人) It's only been a couple...

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