Eir Aoi, who is very popular not only within Asia but throughout the world held an autograph session in Tenjin, Fukuoka. We later had the chance to ask her for an exclusive interview. Please have a look at our photo report!
On November 4th 2013, a live event called the “Japan Pop Culture Carnival in Matsudo 2013” (herein JPCC) was held at Mori no Hall 21, in Matsudo, Japan.
My two previous articles focused on Tanaka Reina and her departure from Morning Musume – a group she has been a part of for 10 years. This time I’ll be interviewing Reina and the members of her new band, LoVendoЯ.
Following on from my previous article, this is the second part to my interview with former Morning Musume member, Tanaka Reina, as she sets out on a new voyage with band, LoVendoЯ.
I’ve been following the progress of Morning Musume since their live performance in Paris in 2010, as it was this particular event that changed my view of Japanese idols completely.
Encounters can be mysterious things, and as such, I’m sure there wouldn’t be another man alive who has met as many lolita fashion lovers in as many far-stretching regions of the world as I have.
Members of idol group, UP UP GIRLS kakko KARI, have twice been involved in significant events throughout the course of my cultural diplomacy activities.
There comes a time when we all reach a turning point in our lives. I myself have experienced several turning points throughout my career in cultural diplomacy and what I consider to be my life’s work.
Are you familiar with this term “cover dance”? It’s not exactly a term in common usage in Japan, but it’s extremely well known around the world, especially in South-east Asia.
"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.
Yun*chi is under the spotlight as a next-generation artist bringing Harajuku aomojikei culture to the world. We spoke to her about pop culture, her musical roots and herself.
“Ookami kodomo no Ame to Yuki” (in English: Wolf Children) was one of the big-hit anime feature films of 2012. The film depicts the story of a human woman who falls in love with a wolf-man, gives birth to two of his children and then raises them alone over a period of 13 years. The story centers on themes of childhood independence and a mother’s love for her children, and heavily features scenes of Japanese “satoyama.”
The idol group that has caught my attention as the ones to watch in 2013 would have to be BABYMETAL. Their concept is Japanese idol group meets metal, and it reflects the unique kind of thinking that Japan has come to be renowned for.
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.
Following on from my article last week, here is part 2 of my interview with the three teen members of Morning Musume that took part in their World Handshake Tour: Fukumura Mizuki, Iikubo Haruna and Ishida Ayumi.