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Meet Zawachin, Masterclass Idol Impersonator Trending in Japan

Kaori Ozawa (小澤かおり), who is better known as Zawachin (ざわちん), is famous for her makeup skills which transform her into looking like popular idols! However, she only uses makeup to transform her eyes (and perhaps her nose bridge) and usually covers the bottom part of her face using surgical masks or her hands. Perhaps it…

Super-Group SMAP to Break Up After 28 Years of Success

It has been reported by media outlets in Japan that super-group SMAP will break up after more than 28 years together. The reason for the breakup is that three of the group members will be leaving their agency, Johnny and Associates. Kimura Takuya (木村拓哉) and Nakai Masahiro (中居正広) will remain with the agency, while Katori…

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,…

7 Interesting Otaku Types You May Meet on Your Travels

Otaku can be loosely termed as “geeks” in the English language. Basically, otakus are people who are obsessed with a certain interest – sometimes to an unhealthy extent. These are some of the common types of otaku you may come across in Japan. 1. Anime/Manga Otaku This type of otaku generally has a large collection…

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”?…

The Popularity Boom of Virtual Idols in Japan

In Japanese pop culture, an “idol” is described to be an entertainment personality. Usually, these idols are marketed in such a way that they are known for their personality; may it be cute or cool. In Japan, being an idol is similar to being a role model for people to look up to; hence, they…

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…

Have You Seen the Wotas (Japanese Idol Fans) in Town?

When you talk about Japan, I’m sure you have encountered the word Otaku. An Otaku is a person who has obsessive interests in the anime and manga industry, and the term may also be used for different interests. But have you ever heard of the word Wota? What is a Wota (ヲタ)? jp.fotolia.com/ A Wota…