AKB48

Meet The 4 Japanese Beauties in the Critics List of 100 Most Beautiful Faces

In December 2015 a video was posted on Youtube, presenting the 26th Annual Independent Critics List of 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2015. This list is comprised of people from various countries, as it aims to be a very international list and not a popularity contest. This year, Nana from the South Korean girl band…

Shoujiki Shougi: A Lie–Detecting TV Match Every AKB48 Fan Should Watch!

Shoujiki Shougi matches are ones of the most popular segments in AKBINGO!. AKBINGO! is a Japanese variety show featuring AKB48 members and it is hosted by the comedy duo Bad Boys. “Shoujiki” means honesty while “shougi” is a Japanese board game similar to chess. Shoujiki Shougi is a game in which members are asked questions,…

5 Japanese Music Artists who Should Perform at the 2020 Olympics

The Olympics 2020 will take place in Tokyo, Japan from 24 July 2020 to 9 August 2020. China’s breathtaking performance as a host in 2008 means the bar has been raised for Japan and other countries to outperform China. Much debate has been sparked on choosing the suitable artists to bring out the best of…

Let’s Meet the Original Kami 7 Goddesses of AKB48!

Being a fan of an idol group in Japan, you’ll get to encounter a number of terminologies surrounding the idol industry. You have the terms wota for the fans, sairium for the pen lights and Center for the idol taking the middle position and the same goes for the AKB48 fandom. But one of the…

3 Annual AKB48 Events Every Fan Must Enjoy!

AKB48, large, popular and not to mention cute. This idol group has stayed on the idol industry and is still gaining fans from all over the world creating record-breaking sales every year. AKB48 releases around 4 to 5 singles per year but one thing about this idol group that you’ll love is not only their…

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…

Did AKB48’s Kashiwagi Yuki Marry a Robot?

Well, sort of…It was actually a robot version of Yuki Kashiwagi from AKB48 who married another robot named Frois. The robot made in the image of Yuki was named Yukirin. The Yukirin Robot   tokyokinky.com/ The Yukirin robot was developed by an enthusiastic fan and artist, Takayuki Todo who made the robot for his graduation…

Idols and Fanservice: Two Things Fans and Non-Fans Will Notice

Fanservice basically just means catering to fans in ways that are pleasing to them. It can be as innocent as a simple handshake, photograph, or autograph session with fans. There are also more sexual forms of fanservice which can draw negative attention from non-fans. 1. Encouraging Fan “Ships” Have you heard of the term “shipping”?…

20 Songs to Take You Through Berryz Kobo’s J-Pop Journey

Berryz Kobo (Berryz工房), which carries the meaning of Berryz Workshop, was originally a kids’ band by Hello! Project. The original lineup consisted of 8 members who were Sugaya Risako, Natsuyaki Miyabi, Shimizu Saki, Tsugunaga Momoko, Sudo Maasa, Kumai Yurina, Tokunaga Chinami, and Ishimura Maiha. The lineup was pretty stable with only Ishimura Maiha leaving the…