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4 of Japan’s Most Popular Song Choices at Karaoke

Karaoke is a great way to relieve stress and to bond with family and friends. Karaoke originates from Japan, and it remains a popular pastime among Japanese people. There are certain songs which are regularly picked by most karaoke goers in Japan. This list will show you 4 of the most popular karaoke song choices!…

Shimokitazawa’s City Country City: A Cafe, Bar and Record Store All In One!

If you like coffee, pasta, and alcohol, you better check out City Country City (CCC) in Shimokitazawa. It is a popular cafe owned by Keiichi Sokabe, a Japanese rock musician who used to belong to the “Sunny Day Service” band which disbanded in 2000. Since then, he began having a solo career where he also…

Celebrate With Kyary Pamyu Pamyu For Her 5th Anniversary!

Remember the unique girl behind the weirdly cute and phenomenal song PONPONPON? The iconic Harajuku ambassador, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ), celebrates her 5th debut anniversary this year! She surprised her fans with a video clip showing Kyary being taken by an ambulance to a hospital! Take a look at the video on the special website…
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Do You Know Where Tokyo’s Hipster Paradise Is?

In search of the perfect vintage t-shirt for a friend with discerning tastes? Had your fill of the main sights of Tokyo and looking for something off the beaten track? Spend an afternoon in Koenji, a small neighborhood just ten minutes west of Shinjuku by train. Taking A Look Around I was recently inspired to…

Perfume Released Their Single, ”Flash”, But That’s Not All!

Pop music is a favorite genre of many all throughout the world and is great for bringing up the beat and mood of the listener. Even in Japan, the love for pop music can be felt everywhere and if you’re an avid listener of Japanese pop artists, then you surely must have heard of Perfume!…

Revisit the Highly Underrated Utada Hikaru Album: Exodus

Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル) released an English album titled Exodus, in 2004 in an attempt to break into the Western market. The album was not well-received in the United States. Utada has mentioned that it is a very experimental, mad scientist kind of album. Many songs on this album do have pretty unique sounds. However, many…

Remembering David Bowie and His Strong Connections to Japan

The lyrics “like some cat from Japan” from “Ziggy Stardust” are a clear indication of Bowie`s loving fascination with the land of the rising sun. Bowie, who tragically passed away Sunday, January 10th, was an international icon, finding home not only in the UK where he was born, but Germany where he recorded some of…

Ladybaby: Japan’s Newest Pop Metal Band with a Cross-Dressing Twist!

If you are a fan of Japanese pop metal band, Babymetal but would like to hear ‘death metal’ growls accompanying the music rather than cute, young girls’ voices, then you may prefer the pop metal band, Ladybaby (レディーベイビー). Japanese pop bands typically feature cute idols but Ladybaby is a pop metal band featuring two young…