Japanese music

8 Random Facts You May Find Interesting About J-Rocker Miyavi

Miyavi (雅) is known as the Samurai Guitarist for his cool and unique guitar-slapping style. He is also known in the West for his role as Mutsuhiro Watanabe in the movie Unbroken. Here are some of the random facts about Miyavi which you may not have heard before. 1. Unbroken isn’t the first movie he…

5 Songs to Help You Get to Know Japanese Superstar Gackt!

Gackt Camui, better known by his stage name “Gackt” was born on July 4, 1973, in Okinawa. As the son of a music teacher, his musical education began quite early. He started playing the piano at age three, and from there added a variety of other instruments to his repertoire. Since the start of his…

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.…

ONE OK ROCK: Rocking from Japan to the World

In Japan, there are plenty of Japanese acts and bands. However, only a handful of those acts actually make it big time. Some acts may have taken years before they made their major debut while others hit it big with their first time. With that said, it’s also uncommon for Japanese acts to make it…

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…

5 Songs to Introduce You to J-Rocker Miyavi

If you’ve heard Miyavi (雅)’s name before, you probably know him as the guy who starred as the cruel Japanese soldier in Unbroken, the film directed by Angelina Jolie. But who exactly is Miyavi? Prior to starring in Unbroken, he was already an established J-rock singer in Japan. Visual appeal is one of the main…

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…

AKB48: the Biggest Idol Group in Japan!

In Japanese pop culture, an idol is a young star who is being promoted for cuteness. They are adored by many people and are intended to serve as role models. Their public image is very significant and should be as perfect as possible. But, have you ever wondered how many members an idol group must…

Have you Heard of Japanese Singer JUJU Who is Finally Going International?

JUJU’s new summer-tune “PLAYBACK” Music Video stars Japan’s top instagrammer GENKING, top fashion models and more. A must to check out for all the fashionable girls! “28 ways” to make your summer memories unforgettable with the hottest Japanese resort fashions and marine items. JUJU is known for her tie-in song for the movie “Yomei Ikkagetsu…