Jan 13 2018

The World Standard (Wa-Suta) wraps national tour at Asakasa Blitz

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The World Standard (Wa-Suta) completed their second nationwide tour “Wasuta LIVE TOUR 2017 Paradox World” at Akasaka Blitz on Jan. 8th, 2018. The 9-city tour took Wasuta through 18 shows across Japan for over 5000 fans. At the tour’s final show, the group premiered their new single “Welcome to Dream”.

Group leader Nanase Hirokawa said, “We feel very honored to finalize this tour with such high spirits and meet all our fans. We didn’t want it to end! Personally, I feel we’ve matured more as a group and as individuals throughout this tour. We’ll keep working to do our best, and hope that our fans will believe in us and continue supporting Wasuta!”

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Jan 13 2018

SURIJIE announces first single and upcoming one-man live

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Kamen Joshi’s new idol spinoff group SURIJIE (Cerisier) has announced their first single release, the self-titled song “SURIJIE~Cerisier~”, coming February 21. The single include new tracks “You Are No. 1″ and “Start Line”.

The young group has also set the date for their first one-man live show to be held on November 23 at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo.

SURIJIE’s center Ako Yamomoto commented, “Playing such a large live house is like a dream, and I can’t believe it’s coming up so soon. We’re really going to do our best until then to keep training and raise our level as high as we can!”

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Jan 11 2018

FEMM teases the future at CES 2018

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J-Pop musical mannequin duo FEMM are featured in the newly-released teaser video for the “ACRONS” AR/MR Nightscape Live Show at CES 2018.

The augmented reality/mixed reality presentation at the Las Vegas electronics trade show features new music and immersive visuals by FEMM set in the year 2025’s “Special Entertainment District”.

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Jan 10 2018

The Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby Memorial CD coming in March

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The Idol Formerly Known as Ladybaby has used up 2 of its (hopefully) 9 lives with the departures of first Ladybeard and now Rei Kuromiya, but the group will live on with remaining performer Rie Kaneko and possibly some new members after the recently-announced auditions.

Time will tell what the future brings for TIFKA Ladybaby (don’t worry, Rei’s band BRATS will continue), but fans can treasure the memories with a compilation CD coming out in March. The as-yet-unnamed disc will contain all the group’s songs released to date plus their latest song “Shibuya CROSSING”, a 48-page photo book and a folded B2 poster.

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Jan 04 2018

Moriyama Naotaro – Sakura (live)

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Moriyama Naotaro drops the ultimate graduation tear-jerker with his 2003 hit song “Sakura”.

Dec 31 2017

Koda Kumi announces first album of 2018

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Koda Kumi will release her first album of 2018 on February 28th. The title is still TBA, but the release will include several bonus videos, including the hot dance track “LIT” and her 62nd single, the ballad “Never Enough”.
Blu-ray bonus:
・LIT [Music Video]
・LIT -Dance version- [Music Video]
・NEVER ENOUGH -Special version- [Music Video]
・PARTY [Music Video]
・Making Movie

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Dec 28 2017

Ai Shinozaki announces 26th birthday live event

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Singer and (extremely popular) gravure model Ai Shinozaki has announced a special solo birthday live concert to be held on February 23 at Shinjuku ReNY Tokyo, just days before her 26th birthday on February 26th.

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Dec 26 2017

Kikuna Mishima – Interview (2017)

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Interview by David Cirone
December 26, 2017

Kikuna Mishima’s bold photographic work centers on feminine identity, uniquely expressed through carefully designed, abstract yet delicate imagery. After completing her latest exhibit in Tokyo, Mishima breaks down her inspirations, goals, and practical approach to communicating a message with the perfect pose.

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You’ve mentioned that you feel your photographs are like storybook images. As you continue to create an extended body of work, do you feel like your story has a clear meaning or theme?

Mishima: I’m making picture books for all the girls and women who have to make their way in this real world. I infuse my own life experiences into my works so they can find some sort of true meaning or a way to overcome their own obstacles.

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Dec 23 2017

NECRONOMIDOL – Interview (2017)

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Interview by John Winner (Straight From Japan)
December 23, 2017

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Do you ever feel you get more attention from western fans than from fans in Japan? Is there a different way they show their support?

Sari: “Idol” as a concept is already kind of made in Japan, so the path to becoming popular as an idol and also the way you support idols — the way that you show your support is set. In the west and overseas it’s all kind of up in the air. Nobody has made that one way to do things. There’s not one particular path to follow to success, so there’s a lot more freedom on our side for how we proceed as a group, and also on the fan side for how they show their support.

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Dec 22 2017

Virtual artist IA to premiere new musical ARIA in France

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After completing her 11-city “PARTY-A-GO-GO” world tour, IA has announced that her next international concert titled “ARIA” will premiere next June in Enghien-les-Bains, France.

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