The Japan Magazine Publishers Association (JMPA) has released new data of magazine sales for October-December 2016 that reveal a major decline for Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump, one of Japan's ...
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People sometimes say that the niche magazine market in Japan is so strong that everything has its own dedicated publication. That may no longer be the case as the publishing industry continues to ...
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The Japanese fashion magazine industry continues to suffer. After the closure of prominent gyaru culture titles Koakuma Ageha, egg and Happie Nuts, another major magazine is closing down. The ...
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In 2014, many noted the death of gyaru culture as two of the prominent hostess and gyaru fashion magazines -- Koakuma Ageha and egg -- closed down. Then in 2015, something seemed to give and there ...
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Carry your umbrella around in a truly Japanese style!
Which Japanese fashion model do you look like? That's the tempting question asked by Dare Who?, a website that allows you to upload your portrait and then let it analyze and calculate your closest ...
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Back in 2012, Yusuke Oono was one of the winners of the You Face contest with a palm-sized, fan-style 3D picture book. Now Loftwork, the agency behind the original awards, has got together ...
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We have already seen the growth of so-called pocchari fashion culture for women in Japan, with retail platforms and a specialist magazine dedicated to presenting lifestyle choices for larger ...
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The magazine anan recently created waves with its September 16th issue, which featured the actress Nozomi Sasaki on the cover promising a special risque showcase of her "chic, beautiful ...
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The umbrella that might just get you arrested!
Manami Okazaki has released a second edition of her book "Kokeshi, from Tohoku with Love", featuring interviews with 23 kokeshi artisans as well as 200 photos documenting how the unique wooden dolls ...
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Publisher Kadokawa opened the beta version of Comic Walker Global on April 27th to be a platform for promoting the work of overseas manga artists. Comic Walker already launched in 2014 as Japan's ...
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E-Sakuga has released a next-generation e-book that serves as a neat example of anime tie-in merchandise and also an interesting idea for how anime and digital publishing can intersect ...
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If you like Japanese swords and Japanese boys, then this is the book for you. Katana-danshi is an unusual new photo book set for release on June 10th. Its title means "sword boys" and ...
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A new magazine has been launched dedicated to former performers with the all-female Takarazuka Revue. The Second Stage was released this week and examines the lives of ex-Takarazuka stars, now in ...
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When "hostess bible" Koakuma Ageha closed down last year, it seemed like the end of an era for Japanese fashion magazines. But then it relaunched under new management and the status quo was ...
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Almost a year after we blogged that iconic gyaru and hostess subculture magazine Koakuma Ageha was closing down comes some unexpected good news: Ageha is returning. Last year was a gloomy one ...
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