comedy

The Growing Popularity of Classical Music in Japan

When you think about classical music, you most probably picture countries in Europe. Vienna in Austria is said to be where classical music was born and Berlin in Germany is the home to beautiful opera houses. There is also Italy as a lot of well-known classical pieces are written in Italian. However, it is uncommon…

Watch These 4 Comedies from the Director of ‘Gintama’ and ‘Saiki K.’ Live-Action

Two of the most anticipated live-action adaptations for 2017 are the comedies Gintama (銀魂), starring Oguri Shun (小栗旬), and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. (斉木楠雄のサイ難), starring Yamazaki Kento (山崎賢人), both of which are directed by Yuichi Fukuda (福田雄一). Both films have just released their respective trailers and the actors’ popularity certainly raises viewers’ expectations.…

Best-Selling Novel About Japanese Manzai Comedy Gets Adapted into a Movie

“Laughter is the best medicine.” It may be a cliché, but apparently, many people believe in this philosophy as we put our TV sets in our homes and tune into entertainment shows to relieve ourselves from the stress we have been feeling that day. Japan is known for its unique sense of humor. The country…

Rakugo: Japan’s Centuries-old Comedic Solo Storytelling

If there is one Asian country that pays very high regards to cultural heritage and traditional practices, Japan would have to be one of the obvious picks. It is very much apparent, even when you take a random stroll on any city street. From old castles to gorgeous, old-style ryokan (inns; 旅館), you’ll see how…

5 Fun Japanese Musical Films That Will Put a Bounce in Your Step

La La Land’s box office success and numerous awards put the spotlight back to the nearly forgotten musical genre. This Hollywood film, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is showing in Japan from February 24, 2017. While waiting for its theatrical release, how about checking out these five contemporary Japanese musical films? 1. The Happiness…

Spoiler-Free Review of Good Morning Call, Netflix Japan’s Newest Entry to the Romcom Genre!

Netflix has successfully initiated the idea of streaming-based television content to the Japanese market, propelling the society further into an age of web entertainment. Staying true to their promise made during launch, Netflix Japan has been putting out original domestically-made content aside from their standard programs. While their first attempt with Underwear was mediocre at…

Enjoy the Art of Japanese Traditional Comedy Through the Show “Shoten”

If you’re wondering how Japanese people like to spend their free time, most of them are actually watching television programs. Comedy makes up quite a large portion on Japanese TV and watching a comedy show called ‘Shoten’ is a very popular way to kill some time. If you have watched TV in Japan on Sunday…

Check out Japan’s Latest Tongue-in-Cheek Fun-Loving Drama on Netflix!

Since Netflix launched in Japan last year, it has been going from strength to strength. With a huge selection of anime’s as well as international series and movies; and now – original programming straight from Japan! One of their newest shows is a tongue-in-cheek, fun-loving drama – ‘Good Morning Call’. The Storyline ‘Good Morning Call’…

6 Reasons Why the Kansai Area is a Great Place to Visit or Live in Japan

Japan is a truly beautiful country. Across its various islands, one can experience nearly every type of climate. In the north, beautiful snow peaks and skiing. In the south, an island experience that rivals Hawaii or any of the other pacific islands. In the heart of Japan we have Tokyo; the Japanese megalopolis that has…

What’s Up With Japan’s Funny Crying Politician?

Ever wondered what goes around in the world of politics in Japan? We’ve all heard of the saying “Politics is a dirty game”, and while it may be true, the country loved by many has been ranked as the 18th least corrupt country according to the Corruption Perceptions Index 2015, which makes the people in…
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