May 25 2018

Wasuta dances through Harajuku for summertime love song Tapioca Milk Tea

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Japanese idol group Wasuta (The World Standard) has released the music video for their new digital single “Tapioca Milk Tea”.

The song’s theme was inspired by Taiki Kudo from Da-iCE, who played a part in providing music for Wasuta’s recent solo live concert. After the performance, Taiki gave the members tapioca milk tea to drink, sparking the new collaboration with lyrics and production by SHIROSE from WHITE JAM — whose work includes over 20 #1 hits and songs for top artists AAA, SUPER JUNIOR, KAT-TUN, Ms.OOJA, KARA, and others — to create a high-energy, “kawaii” pop song perfect for summertime.

Watch the video here (w/English subtitles):

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May 10 2018

Kamen Joshi’s Tomoka Igari shows true idol spirit, vows to move forward after injury

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On April 11, Kamen Joshi member Tomoka Igari was hospitalized following an accident where a sudden gust of wind blew over a signboard which collapsed on top of her, causing injuries to her head, legs, and spine.

After several weeks of private discussions with Igari, her family, and her doctors, Kamen Joshi’s management issued a statement this week on the group’s website:

“Regarding Tomoka Igari of Kamen Joshi:
Tomoka Igari was involved in an accident when a strong wind smashed her spine and caused a serious spinal cord injury. She is currently paralyzed in her lower body and cannot move her legs on her own. She will be in a wheelchair from now on, and will be hospitalized for three months to begin rehabilitation. Tomoka will continue to be a member of Kamen Joshi and we will support her wishes. We are truly sorry the report was delayed. Please support Tomoka with us.”

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May 09 2018

Maison book girl – UK tour news and Ticket Giveaway

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JaME UK x NekoPOP Maison book girl UK Tour Ticket Giveaway! — please visit Facebook for details.
(courtesy of Read The Air Records)

Japanese idol pop group Maison book girl has announced “Bath Room – UK Version” as the AA-side track on their forthcoming single, available on limited-edition blue 7″ vinyl May 18, 2018. The single will be the first release on new J-pop dedicated UK label Read The Air Records.

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Apr 25 2018

Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018 announces musical performers

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An all-star lineup of nine Japanese anime song performers will take over L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on July 4th, 6th, And 7th. Anisong World Matsuri (AWM) and Anime Expo (AX) have announced the complete lineup for the three-day music festival to be held in conjunction with AX 2018, the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America.

Created in association with BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Inc., Amuse Inc., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and other leading Japanese entertainment companies, Anisong World Matsuri at AX 2018 will present a powerful collection of fan-favorite performers including Aimer, AKB48 Team 8, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, i☆Ris, Yuki Kajiura, May’n, Shoko Nakagawa, and Sanketsu-girl Sayuri. In addition, school idol group Aqours (Love Live! Sunshine!!) will perform their first-ever full-length solo concert in the United States.

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Apr 23 2018

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi) – Interview (2018) Pt. 2

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi)
Interview by David Cirone
Part 2
April 23, 2018

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Your YouTube channel became super-popular as soon you started, and you’ve created some outrageous, crazy videos. How do you come up with the ideas?

Erina: When I was little, I would imagine swimming in a pool filled with pudding, or filling a bath full of hot chocolate into bath and jumping into it. I used to share my thoughts with my mother like “Can we walk on the surface of water?” and my mom would give me a look like, “What is my daughter saying?” But I never changed. I still have a lot of curiosity. I’ll keep sharing my thoughts on YouTube, and I hope everyone will enjoy what I enjoy, too.

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Apr 12 2018

maidreamin serves “moe” to Montreal at Otakuthon in August

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​Japan’s top maid cafe chain maidreamin will perform their first Canadian service at Montreal’s Otakuthon, August 3-5, 2018.

maidreamin will perform on the event’s main stage at the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention Center, featuring a live music concert followed other fun weekend activities including an autograph session, fan Q&A, and panel discussion on authentic maid culture with popular Japanese maids Peace, Kaori, and Hazuki.

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Apr 08 2018

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi) – Interview (2018) Pt. 1

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi)
Interview by David Cirone
Part 1
April 8, 2018

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How long have you been a member of Kamen Joshi? How did you get your start?

Erina: It’s my sixth year now. I came to Tokyo hoping to become an idol and was looking for an audition. On YouTube, I saw an idol group performing and it captured my eyes and my heart. This was an idol group I auditioned for before I became involved in Kamen Joshi. I tried out for the group, and was really surprised that I got accepted! But since my parents didn’t approve, I had wait for another year until I become 20 years old so I could make my own decisions and move to Tokyo to start a new life.

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Apr 08 2018

GARNiDELiA – Error (MV)

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GARNiDELiA takes a giant techno step into the dystopian future for their music video “Error”, the opening theme from the anime series Beatless. Vocalist MARiA shows off some deftly mechanized dance moves backed by her personal group of hIEs (human-like robots).

“Error” is also included in the group’s new album G.R.N.D., along with other anime themes “Speed Star” (from The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie), “Aikotoba” (from Anime-Gitaris), and “Desir” (from Fate/Apocrypha).

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Apr 06 2018

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu announces 2018 Europe and USA tour dates

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has announced the European and American dates for her extended Halloween-themed tour “THE SPOOKY OBAKEYASHIKI ~PUMPKINS STRIKE BACK~”.

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Apr 05 2018

Momoiro Clover Z celebrates 10th Anniversary with Greatest Hits album

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Momoiro Clover Z has announced the release of their first greatest hits album on May 23, 2018, commemorating the 10th anniversary of their career. The special edition contains three music CDs and two Blu-ray discs, box packaging, and a photo booklet. The Blu-rays contains documentary footage and the group’s live concert held on January 21, 2018 at Makuhari Messe.

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