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Enjoy a ’Symphony’ of Classical Music and Delicious Cakes in Osaka!

I have always wanted to experience the pleasure of eating an entire cake whole and at Symphony Chiffon, I can fulfill that desire! Symphony Chiffon offers miniature sized whole cakes and opened a year ago in both Kitahorie and Dojima in the Osaka prefecture. You can enjoy the delicious creations of Symphony Chiffon by dining…

Shimokitazawa: A Tokyo Town of Fashion and Festivals

One of the trendsetting places for youngsters in Japan is located on the west side of Tokyo. A small town known as “Shimokitazawa,” also called “Shimokita,” is popular among the younger crowd and trendy people. It is well-known for having small independent shops, live houses, bars, cafes and theaters. It has very narrow alleys which…

4 Cute Songs to Make You Skip to the ’Nisekoi’ Beat!

When watching anime, there are three things that attract a certain viewer. These are the anime’s genre, plot or story as a whole, the characters that play the vital role of the anime and, of course, the opening and ending theme songs that viewers get hooked on. All anime have opening and ending theme songs…

JUJU, the Popular Japanese Jazz Singer with a Unique Voice

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, One OK Rock, Miyavi, AKB48 and Akanishi Jin. You’ve probably heard of these Japanese artists names once or twice in your life as their popularity is not only restricted to Japan but outside the country reaching quite the number of fans from all over the world. There are many more Japanese singers…

All About the Dramatic Life of Namie Amuro

Namie Amuro is a highly successful recording artist, actress, businesswoman, artist, and dancer. She made her debut when she was only 14 years old, and through rising success in Tokyo and trying fashion modeling and acting, she found phenomenal success and is now often dubbed as “the queen of Japanese pop”. Her bestselling singles include…

Top 5 Memorable Collaborations of Namie Amuro and Other Artists

Namie Amuro (安室奈美恵) is not a name which is unheard of among Jpop fans. Being in the music industry for so long, it is not surprising that she has collaborated with various artists in her songs and music videos. These are some of her collaborations and who knows, she may have collaborated with your favorite…

5 Songs by Legendary J-Pop Princess Namie Amuro

Namie Amuro (安室奈美恵) always reminds me of Jennifer Lopez. The tanned skin, the youthful looks despite her age, and the dancing skills. The only thing that’s missing is the booty. However, at the height of her popularity, she gained the name “Japanese Madonna”. I really think that a more appropriate title for her would be…

Kouta: The Traditional Songs of Geisha

Kouta literally means little (ko) songs (uta). It is a traditional lyric song which is orally passed down since the 19th century Edo era. Kouta are short songs which are usually accompanied by shamisen, which is a traditional Japanese musical instrument resembling a guitar. Kouta is usually associated with the geisha who also learn to…

Popular Foreign Songs Made Famous in Japan with Catchy Covers

Japanese songs are creative and amazing, but occasionally songs by other countries are noticed and covered by Japanese artists as well! Since there are already tons of English songs covered by Japanese artists, this list only provides song covers of languages other than English. Thai songs “Cha Cha Sing” by Berryz Kobo (Berryz工房) “Cha Cha…

Top 3 Kpop Boy Bands Who Made it Big in Japan!

As mentioned in this article, since the late 1990s, the popularity of South Korean culture has been steadily increasing around the world. This so-called “Korean Wave” has made Korean dramas and Korean pop music, also known simply as K-dramas and K-pop, popular on a global scale. Especially in the last decade, K-Pop has been conquering…