K-pop

Tsuruhashi Korea Town: The Korean Essence of Osaka

Living in Osaka means being immersed in Japanese things every day, from using fabulous Japanese cosmetic products to eating various Japanese dishes to attending concerts and cheering for your favorite J-band. But what if, you are like me, a fan of Korean beauty products, food, and music? Then, in this case, you must pay Korea…

Top 5 Memorable Collaborations of Namie Amuro and Other Artists

Namie Amuro (安室奈美恵) is not a name which is unheard of among Jpop fans. Being in the music industry for so long, it is not surprising that she has collaborated with various artists in her songs and music videos. These are some of her collaborations and who knows, she may have collaborated with your favorite…

Top 3 Kpop Boy Bands Who Made it Big in Japan!

As mentioned in this article, since the late 1990s, the popularity of South Korean culture has been steadily increasing around the world. This so-called “Korean Wave” has made Korean dramas and Korean pop music, also known simply as K-dramas and K-pop, popular on a global scale. Especially in the last decade, K-Pop has been conquering…

3 K-Pop Girl Groups Who Are Popular in Japan

Since the late 1990s, the popularity of South Korean culture has been steadily increasing around the world. This so-called “Korean Wave” has made Korean dramas and Korean pop music (also known simply as K-dramas and K-pop) popular on a global scale. Especially in the last decade, K-Pop has been conquering the world and with it,…

Beauty Standards in J-Pop and K-Pop: How Are They Different?

There was a time when J-pop used to be popular along with other products of the Japanese entertainment industry such as J-dramas and Japanese variety shows. Big names such as Utada Hikaru, Ayumi Hamasaki and Namie Amuro are quite popular, especially in Asian countries. Nowadays, it seems like the Korean wave, or hallyu, has captured…

Get to know Sugaya Risako – The Most Popular Member of Berryz Kobo

Sugaya Risako (菅谷梨沙子) is arguably the prettiest member of Berryz Kobo (Berryz工房). She is one of the main vocalists in Berryz Kobo and is also one of its most popular members. There used to be a rumor about Risako was of a mixed ancestry, but it appears that the rumors just stayed rumors. Berryz Kobo…

How to distinguish Japanese from Korean and Chinese

Can you tell if a person comes from a specific country? Before coming to Japan, I had no idea how to distinguish Japanese, Korean and Chinese from one another. I had quite a few experience (when I was in the university as an international student) of trying to speak Japanese to a fellow student who…