Since engaging in cultural diplomacy activities with China in January 2010, I have visited the country a total of 12 times (up until December 2012). That’s about one trip every two months.
This year marked the third staging of the Japanese pop culture event, "J FEST," and this week I would like to express the importance of this, and such other, events which are so crucial in fostering cultural and diplomatic relations with people overseas.
Around 400 cosplayers gathered for the "Rakushow in TNC Broadcasting Building" event held in Fukuoka. Not even snow could put a dampner on this event as all were out to show off their threads and prove their cosplay prowess.
In November last year I made my third consecutive visit to Moscow in three years. The thing that surprised me most this visit was the establishment of a maid café that had recently opened in Moscow not but 2 months prior. It made me wonder just how far Japan’s maid café culture will disperse throughout the world.
One of the things that Japanese pop-culture fans overseas long for most is to see Japanese idols perform live, but unlike anime songs and genres such as visual-k which have found strong support all over the world, Japanese idols and their live performances are still yet to find a place on the international scene.
The "K-ON!" anime series is somewhat of a social phenomenon in Japan and with the release of the K-ON! movie on December 3rd 2011, the series proved it still has plenty more to offer! In this article we analyze why K-ON! is as big as it is and fill-you in on what to expect from the latest movie installment. Oh, and there's a present giveaway as well!!
“J FEST” is Moscow’s biggest Japanese modern culture event and the part of the event that everyone hangs out for every year is the fashion show that showcases various brands straight out of Harajuku.
As I’ve mentioned in a previous article, every year, the Japanese consulate in Moscow holds a Japanese modern culture event called “J FEST” and I made my way there in November to take part.
When it comes to cosplay, Italy is right up there with fellow cosplay super powers, China and Brazil, and when I visited Rome’s “ROMICS” in September 2010, Italy’s cosplayers were out in force.
This year, for the first time since 2009, I took part in Rome’s premier Japanese pop-culture event, ROMICS, which was held over four days: from September 29 to October 2, 2011.
This is the third and final part in the three-week, successive series on my interview with Ai Takahashi after her graduation from Morning Musume – the idol group that has been leading the idol scene in Japan for more than 10 years.
When talking about Ai Takahashi it’s hard not to refer to the showmanship and sheer talent that she displays during live performances. That same showmanship is what captivated me when I saw her perform in Paris in 2010.
The ASIA VOCALIOD FESTA was held on October 23. Vocaloid cosplayers from countries and regions in Asia got together to find out who is number one, and we covered the event, which included popular Nico Nico Douga video web site dancers’ shows and a lecture by the Vocaloid 3 maker and YAMAHA, with exclusive photos and reports.
Morning Musume, the Japanese idol group formerly lead by Ai Takahashi (up until Sept. 2011), first peaked my interest as a writer and journalist after I attended one of their concerts at Yokohama Arena in December 2010. I’ve seen countless performances at Yokohama Arena in the past, of both Japanese and international performers, but this concert was something else.
This episode first begins in October 2008, in Barcelona, where I met with three particular girls: Haruhi, Mikuru, and Yuki – cosplayers of the “Haruhi Suzumiya” anime series.
I reported in issue #26 of this column that Morning Musume graduate, Linlin, and Akari Saho of Up Up Girls, recently took part in an event in Harbin. Now I’m going to fill you in on all the finer details of that event.
Maids, models, hair stylists…girls! Through this collaboration project, asianbeat and photographer, Yasumasa Yonehara, will reveal the kawaii factor behind Fukuoka! “Fukuoka – the kawaii holy-land.”