The Japanese media and entertainment world can be almost Stalinist in its approach to damage control. When a celebrity is arrested for an infraction, and especially if it involves drugs or illegal ...
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A couple of years ago, a rendition of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal played on traditional Japanese musical instruments went viral. Is this the next example of this trend? The opening theme of ...
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The Baum Records is a baumkuchen (baum cake) of the type popular in Japan but with a major, and innovative, difference. Created by the Takamatsu-based confectionary maker La Famille as a unique ...
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"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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The world's first VR footwear and gloves with haptic feedback to enable users to feel the virtual world!
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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Stress relief inspired by traditional Japanese sports
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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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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Combining cute cats with traditional clogs, the Nyarageta are the perfect addition to any summer day spent out and about in the sunshine.
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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