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Visual Kei’s Most Iconic Bands – The J-rock Sub-genre That Took Over the World

by Zoria Petkoska Before J-pop or K-pop were ever a thing, the world was going crazy for J-rock and its more glammed up sub-genre Visual Kei (the Japanese cousin in the Goth family). There have been past debates between particularly passionate fans over separating J-rock and Visual Kei completely, with outsiders mistakenly taking them for…

Bananas and Beatles in Lacquer – Ryoma Noda’s Art Expression

Contemporary Art Website “TRiCERA” introducing new up and coming Japanese artists Original article written by Shinzo Okuoka (May 14th, 2020) Fujitv-view https://www.fujitv-view.jp/gallery/post-102406/?imgid=1 (Japanese only) ・Ryoma Noda is a young Japanese artist attracting a lot of attention. ・He expresses his art by using lacquer with insects and bananas as a motif. ・Funnily, he admits he decided…

Top 6 Japanese Christmas Songs to Add to Your Christmas Music Playlist

Christmas is coming soon, so what are the songs in your Christmas playlist? Are they the same as last year and the years before? Aren’t you bored of listening to the same Christmas songs every year? Why not try listening to Japanese Christmas songs for a change? These Japanese classics have a different sound, and…

The Otaku Paradise in the New Shibuya PARCO 2019

by Zoria Petkoska At the beginning of 2019, Tokyoites were surprised and delighted by art from the cult classic Akira appearing on construction fences in Shibuya. The art seemed deliberate, and it was not graffiti, which made otakus even more curious as to who was behind this. This is because graffiti is illegal and very…

Anime Pilgrimage: 10 Different Cities you can visit

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Anime vs. Reality (@animes_vs_reality) on Sep 13, 2019 at 8:15am PDT Without any doubt, anime also contributes to the tourist boom in Japan, in addition to helping the overall Japanese economy. Some otaku fans visit Japan and embark on anime pilgrimages. Want to go to an…

Fan of Arashi’s Ninomiya? Did you know he’s Getting Married?!

The well-known member of the highly successful Japanese boy band Arashi(嵐), Kazunari Ninomiya, is the first one in the band to officially get married! The happy news are legit, as it was announced by Arashi’s managing agency yesterday (November 12th, 2019). View this post on Instagram A post shared by 桜島ビジターセンター【公式】 (@sakurajima_visitorcenter) on Nov 12,…
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K-Pop Vs J-Pop

You have recently heard a lot about “K-Pop” or “J-Pop” but those words sound extraterrestrial to you? Or you are simply a curious fan willing to always know more about your favorite musical genres? Then follow us, you are at the right place! In this article, we will start from the roots of both genres…
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How NHK Makes Television for the World: Behind the Scenes of imagine-nation

Camera operators adjust their equipment routinely in preparation for the filming of an episode of imagine-nation.   The tension in the air lifts as director Suzuki signals a cut with a quick “arigatou gozaimasu.” Hosts Chiaki Horan and Nicholas Pettas relax their careful stance while the soundscape fills with the rearrangement of studio cameras and…

Harry Potter game in Pókemon GO’s style will be released tomorrow! What else?!

Hot news for fans of Niantic developer’s games this June 2019 is the Pókemon-GO-style Harry Potter: Wizards Unite and it will be released tomorrow (21/06/2019)! Predicted to create an addictive craze as big as Pókemon-GO achieved, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will attract more players who have not played any games of Niantic, thanks to the reputation from this legendary series…

A Borderless World – Tips on visiting teamLab Borderless Museum

TeamLab opened their own teamLab Borderless Museum in Odaiba, Tokyo back in the summer of 2018. The exhibition taking place in the 10,000 sqm Mori Building features endless and beautifully convoluted interactive digital art. The exhibition will remain permanent and is located in Odaiba’s Palette Town on the second floor next to the ferris wheel.…