J-Pop

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…

Get to know Sugaya Risako – The Most Popular Member of Berryz Kobo

Sugaya Risako (菅谷梨沙子) is arguably the prettiest member of Berryz Kobo (Berryz工房). She is one of the main vocalists in Berryz Kobo and is also one of its most popular members. There used to be a rumor about Risako was of a mixed ancestry, but it appears that the rumors just stayed rumors. Berryz Kobo…

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…

5 Popular AKB48 Singles That Will Turn You Into Their Biggest Fan!

AKB48 has offered quite a number of songs to its listeners since 2005. The largest idol group in Japan has gained both local and foreign fanbases who have helped in gaining millions of record sales. Certainly out of those singles, there are some that have made it big. So here, I’ll introduce 5 AKB48 singles…

8 of The Most Widely Used J–Pop Idol Poses

Do you aspire to be a Japanese idol? Learn these moves and get closer to looking like one! These are the common poses and dance moves I noticed which are regularly used by Japanese idols. 1. The Magic Finger I call this the “finger pointing towards the sky” dance move. I think this is a…

Has the Dakimakura (Hugging Pillow) Obsession Gone Too Far?

Dakimakura (or literally a hugging pillow) is a type of a long pillow in Japan. Some people enjoy hugging teddy bears while others prefer hugging pillows to sleep. One of the popular types of dakimakura are “love pillows” where the life-sized versions of anime characters or celebrities are printed on the pillow cases. It may…

4 Best Online Stores for J–Pop Merchandise That Ship Worldwide

Say you’re a huge fan of J-Pop, but unfortunately, you’re not in Japan to obtain any J-Pop merchandise. Now, where do you get it even though you’re far away from Japan? There are four reliable online stores for J-Pop goods and they are Amazon Japan, CDJapan, HMV Japan and YesAsia. AMAZON JAPAN – based in…

Japanese Celebrity Photobooks: An Insider’s View of Your Favorite Stars!

Are you a fan of J-Pop idols? Are you also a fan of Japanese actors and actresses? Do you buy their official merchandise? Do you perhaps buy their official photobooks as well? What are these photobooks? J-Pop idols, Japanese actors and actresses are fond of releasing photobooks for their fans. It is one way of…

10 Years In The Idol Industry: AKB48 & Minami Takahashi

Without a doubt, AKB48 is one of the most famous and not to mention largest idol groups in Japan. Their image is all over the country from television shows and commercials to print ads, concerts and events, and their music is spreading all around. This December, the idol group will be celebrating something very special…

10 Must-Listen Utada Hikaru Songs You Should Check Out!

Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル) is easily one of the most popular Japanese artists and her popularity is highly attributed to her talent in making music. Her single, First Love is popular across Asia. Her contributions to the theme songs (Sanctuary and Simple of Clean) of the Kingdom Hearts game make her more well-known in the West.…