CELEBRITIES

Do You Know These 5 Japanese Entertainers Who Showed Some Skin to Make It Big?

For geinin (芸人) or entertainers in Japan, fame is fleeting. You could be the most talked about person in Japan, but six months later, people talk about how nostalgic they feel after hearing your name or gag in conversation. In the past few years, the worst offenders of these popularity explosions are comedians who use…

Who Is This Japanese Singer That Combines Modern and Traditional Music?

Japan is a country that is very much a blend of traditional meets contemporary. This becomes apparent simply by walking around the streets where you’ll be likely to see a Shinto shrine next to a block of modern apartments; or when you visit someone’s house and see the world’s latest technology sitting alongside tatami mats.…

Do You Know This Japanese Actress Who Just Won an International Movie Award?

Sarina Suzuki is an actress, singer, idol, and talent celebrity in Japan. Her real name is Kanako Munehiro and she was born in Osaka on July 13th, 1977. She recently won the Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film Award at the Madrid International Film Festival for her performance in Kiseki no Hagaki (The…

Do You Know the Former AKB48 Member who Became a Successful Voice Actress?

With music as one of the top forms of entertainment in Japan, it’s no surprise to see several artists, musicians, and performers making their name on the world stage. The country is not just a powerhouse when it comes to creating animated shows and advancing technology. It has also become the home of some of…

What Is This Fun Ice Pop Toy Perfect for Kids This Summer? Even Pikotaro Loves It!

The Japanese comedian, Pikotaro, who became internationally known due to his catchy music video and song called “PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen)”, has released a new song for kids this summer. The song and music video are to promote the Perotto Ice DJ toy. Let’s find out more about it! Who is Pikotaro? “I have a pen. I…

Which AKB Star Has Been Voted the Most Popular for the 3rd Year Running?

If you’re a fan of AKB48 then you probably know the idol who’s currently in the number 1 position. Her name is Rino Sashihara (指原莉乃). She has managed to cling onto the top position for the third year straight. Her popularity is based on a poll that is conducted periodically. The recent poll conducted on…

Meet Japan’s Newest Idol Group Made Up of Company Employees

Have you heard about the latest mega-member idol unit in Japan? Higashi Ikebukuro 52 (東池袋52) is a group made up of 24 female employees who work for a credit card company! It is surprising that the idol unit is made up of amateurs in entertainment, and yet was able to produce a polished performance. How…

Japan Celebrates as Princess Mako of Akishino Gets Engaged!

On the 16th of May 2017, it was announced that Princess Mako (眞子さま), a 25-year-old Japanese Princess, had been engaged. Her marriage is expected in the next year. The Japanese people are happy and in a mood for celebration because of this good news. Princess Mako of Akishino (秋篠宮) is the first granddaughter of Emperor…

How Many of These Ghosts from Japanese Folklore Do You Know?

You’ve probably come across the term “yokai (妖怪)” in Japanese. These are supernatural monsters, spirits, and demons in Japanese folklore. They encompass several legends from all parts of Japan and all periods of Japanese history. The ancient times were abundant with these kinds of folktales which have been passed from generations to generations. Until now,…

Kamenashi Kazuya and Yamashita Tomohisa’s Tandem Is Back for a New Song and Drama!

It’s been 12 years since Nobuta wo Produce (野ブタ。をプロデュース) aired. It is a drama that centers around shy high school student, Nobuko Kotani (小谷信子), with her friends Shuji Kiritani (桐谷修二) and Akira Kusano (草野彰) who work together in their attempts to make Kotani more appealing and popular. The drama stars Horikita Maki (堀北真希), Kamenashi Kazuya…
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