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Everything You Need to Know About AKB48’s Sister Group, SKE48!

A large segment of the entertainment industry in Japan consists of none other than what we call “idols.” Idols in Japan, whether performing by group or individually, gain attention and reaches out to fans from both inside the country and across the globe through their work which mostly focuses on music. Here in Japan, majority…

10 Japanese Anime Themes to Look Out for This 2016 and Beyond!

Just like how the popular Pokémon evolve to achieve a stronger, more powerful form, anime, as an industry, also has its own evolution cycle – something which involves a series of worldwide popularity to a year-long production decline, then back to the proliferation of short, original works. This rise and fall have brought varied opinions…

When Idol Scandals Aren’t Really Scandals: Hagiwara Mai of C-ute

We have heard about how the Japanese idol industry is quite strict with their policy of not allowing their idols to date. Idols who are caught dating might face the consequence of getting fired. Sometimes, just being seen with a person of the opposite gender can spell trouble for the idol. Back in April 2016,…

Is This Masked J-Pop Idol Group Your Kawaii Dream or Worst Nightmare?

There are so many idol groups in Japan that it becomes nearly impossible to become the next big thing that people will forever remember. In order to stand out from the rest, groups need to have a gimmick. One of these groups has actually found a jaw-dropping solution by hiding behind masks. The group is…

Nogizaka46 Fans, Are You Ready to Date the Girls In Their First Mobile Game?

If you are familiar with AKB48 and its sister groups, then you probably know how popular this girl group is in Japan. They not only produce songs and photobooks but they also have romance and music games that you can play whenever you have free time. Now, AKB48’s official rival group, Nogizaka46, is set to…

Meet Japanese Muscle Girl Saiki Reika from Cheer1

Tall, fit, and beautiful. That is the common perception that most people have of cheerleaders. But what about the Japanese version of cheerleaders, also called ‘cheer models’? Can’t think of what they look like? Not to worry: just check out Wrestle-1’s very own group of models, Cheer1! About Cheer1 A post shared by 才木玲佳(Reika Saiki)♡筋肉アイドル…

The No-Dating Policy for Japanese Female Idols

It is the norm in Japan that idols are forbidden by their management to be in a love-relationship: idols who break this rule usually get fired. (Secret) dating is treated as a big offence in the idol industry, even to such an extent that an idol from the mega girl group AKB48, Minami Minegishi (峯岸みなみ),…

Otaku take their Passion to the Extreme: Would You Do this to Your Car?

The Japanese otaku culture is probably one of the most fun, creative and downright trendiest sights to see in Japan, and it’s no wonder it has become yet, another great reason for travelers to visit the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’. The ultimate otakus in the country go into great depth with their love of…