The “Cos Lab” series enters its Taiwan edition! For the first installment we introduce the Taiwan representative and winner of “Asia’s No.1 Vocaloid Cosplayer” tournament, the seductive and kawaii, Neneko.
"Attack on Titan"'s opening & closing theme in the second half part episodes were just published. This anime has been on TV since this April and so popular among the World.
Cosplay is a global phenomenon and people all over the world are embracing the subculture and reinventing it in ways of their own. For our first edition of Cos Lab we introduce to one of Japan's top cosplayers, the charismatic, Konomi Akira!
“The Evangelion and Katana (Japanese swords) Exhibition” is currently being held at Nishitetsu Hall in Fukuoka City. At the entrance, you are welcomed by the panels of Asuka, Rei, Mari, Shinji and Kaworu.
"Japan Expo" attracts some 200,000 people each year and we had the chance to interview the event's vice president, Thomas Sirdey, who enthusiastically spoke to us about the potential for the growth and development of Japanese pop culture in the European market.
Kitakyushu releases a new collaborative brand of sake between 'moe' characters and local sake breweries. Residents of Kitakyushu, hold on to your hats as "Moe Sake" starts to hit the shelves!
I often receive a lot of inquiries from business people from various industries regarding the popularity of Japanese culture overseas and international events that showcase Japanese pop culture.
Maid izakaya, “Yaneura,” is a Japanese style pub in Beijing where the waitresses are all dressed as French maids. They’ve been featured on various TV programs and are quite well known now, even in Japan.
“I just love manga and cosplay. Manga is now sold all over the world and I want to go and see people in other countries cosplaying Japanese manga and anime characters for myself.”Soon after meeting Kanna, this is the email she sent me.
Moscow's "J FEST" has become a signature event of the winter season in Moscow and is now in its fourth year – the most recent installment being held in December last year (2012). It’s the largest Japanese pop culture event of its kind in Moscow and the main attraction has remained constant from the very beginning: the fashion show.
“When I stood up on stage, I found out just how much love for Japan there is.”
That’s what singer and voice actress, Makino Yui, said to me backstage after her performance at J FEST in Moscow.
Manga is not only a global phenomenon; it’s a medium that fosters shared values and mutual understanding amongst teenagers and young adults all over the world. Thus, in hopes of further cultivating a common awareness and understanding among the youth in Asia, asianbeat will attempt to harness the power of manga culture and host the ‘4koma’ (four cell) Manga Contest!
What does the inside of an otaku’s room look like? What leads one to even become an otaku? In this installment we introduce you to an otaku who is a self-professed servant of "Tokimeki Memorial" character, Himoo Yuina.
The passion for Japanese pop culture in Bangkok is fierce and here is the photo report from Bangkok’s “Comic Party” held on February 20-21 (2010) to prove it! Be sure to read our exclusive interview with Neko Jump as well!