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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…
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Surviving Japanese Summer: Tips and Lifesaving Products

  by Zoria Petkoska The unbearable heatwaves are globally getting worse and even before that, Japanese summers have been notorious since forever. Almost every iconic anime or film has a summer scene of people almost melting into the tatami like Dali’s clocks, while cicadas blare in the background. The scene might also have a hardworking…

What to Give Your Idol: Gift Etiquette for Fans

Most people who are interested in Japanese culture and music have idol groups or singers they like. Some fans of idols are extremely dedicated to their favorite groups. Thus, trying to convey your appreciation towards them is one of the essentials of being a hard-core fan, isn’t it? However, in addition to showing your love…

Wotagei: An Essential Part of Concerts for Otaku

Have you ever encountered a video on Youtube where people are dancing and holding penlights? If you’re in Japan, have you ever seen these people being featured on TV? Or perhaps you’ve randomly seen them at nearby events? You might be wondering what these people are doing. It’s called wotagei. Wotagei (ヲタ芸) An wotagei (pronounced…

Japanese Culture and the Use of Fans

Japan is a great country full of rich history, futuristic innovation, world-class food, spectacular landscapes, and ancient traditions that have stood the test of time. If someone mentions Japan, no doubt it conjures up many images in your mind. This may include Mt. Fuji, cherry blossom season, the towering skyscrapers of Tokyo, or perhaps even…