"Diversity" is a popular buzzword in Japan right now. All eyes are on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics that the media and government policy-makers think will be a game-changer of sorts. Tokyo will, albeit ...
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Designed to bring out the potential of any player and instrument, Duet with Yoo is an experiential, co-performance installation by Hakuhodo i-studio that uses the Yamaha AI Music Ensemble System. It ...
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Does Piko Taro have another hit on his hands? Nearly a million views seems to suggest so. The "Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen" creator has recently launched a new song on YouTube, this time significantly ...
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They say that there's an app for everything. In Japan, it can sometimes seem like there's a music idol group for everything. Virtual Currency Girls (Kasotsuka Shojo) is a new music idol group ...
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The initial team of people who will supervise and direct planning for the opening ceremony for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has been announced. The officially confirmed eight ...
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Japanese electronic musical instrument manufacturer Roland has teamed up with Kodo, a taiko traditional drumming company, to provide the world's first electronic Japanese taiko. Although still in ...
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The countdown to the 2020 Olympics continues in earnest: there is now just three years until the opening of the Summer Games. While the main stadium in central Tokyo is still far from completion, ...
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Our favorite Japanese comedian of the moment, Piko Taro, is continuing to capitalize on his Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen fame by promoting the Perotto Ice Pop DJ Licking Music Toy. This is another ...
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Weekly Shonen Jump custom box and 20 preloaded games in a console inspired by the original Japanese version of the Nintendo Entertainment System
How can a credit card company find a new way to advertise its services? In Japan, it would seem to mean by forming an idol group. Higashi-Ikebukuro 52 is not the latest "sister group" spin-off of ...
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Tokyo's latest retail complex is Ginza Six, which opened in the eponymous district of central Tokyo on the location of the old Matsuzakaya Ginza department store. The shopping complex, which ...
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Something special happens when anime music meets classical music. As was true with the classical music concert renditions of the Ghibli, Final Fantasy, and Super Mario soundtracks, the music becomes ...
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Sado Island, the rustic s-shaped landmass off of Japan's western coast, is known for a lot of things. Heavy metal music is not traditionally one of them. As part of a campaign to attract visitors, ...
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Character computer keyboard wrist rest plush toy
A few years ago Maywa Denki released a toy that would go on to storm the world and win a major award. It was the Otamatone, a curious tadpole-shaped electronic synthesizer that you played by moving ...
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How cool is this grandma? Cool enough to do a perfectly choreographed "kome dance" (rice dance) with two other female performers (approximately 40 years younger) in kimono. If you eat plenty of ...
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Since their 2005 debut, music group Perfume has been steadily pumping out the hits with songs including "Linear Motor Girl" and "Polyrhythm." Now twelve years later, members Nocchi, A-chan and ...
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