May 2015 archive

Anime Expo presents Cool Japan Festival featuring Wagakki Band and IA

Two new additions have been announced to the Guest of Honor lineup at Anime Expo 2015: WaggakiBand and Vocaloid IA will perform as part of the “Anime Expo presents Cool Japan Festival” on Saturday, July 4th at Club Nokia L.A. LIVE. IA is a virtual artist brought to life as part of the VOCALOID3. “IA …

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Namie Amuro – Anything (MV)

Namie Amuro’s new video for “Anything” from upcoming album _genic

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Aono Soha – Once in a Lifetime (MV)

Flying Platforms and idol Chii Sakurabi to perform at MidTones J-Pop Night in Los Angeles

MidTones J-Pop Night returns to Grand Star Jazz Club in L.A.’s Chinatown on Friday, June 5th. Headliners Flying Platforms featuring guitarist Shin Kawasaki will perform a set of J-Pop and rock tunes from the Showa era to the present. The event also features a performance by J-Pop Idol Chii Sakurabi, and Tune in Tokyo as …

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STARMARIE brings their hitmaking “fantasy idol” sound to Indonesian radio and TV

Japanese idols STARMARIE concluded the Indonesian segment of their 2015 Asia tour with appearances on the popular radio show “SAPI PERAH” hosted by DJ GINZA, and the long-running music variety program “dahSyat”. The “fantasy idol” unit is only the fifth Japanese artist to perform on the show, following previous guests AKB48,, Eir Aoi, and …

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Momoiro Clover Z to appear at Anime Expo with members of KISS

Momoiro Clover Z has been announced as a Guest of Honor at Anime Expo 2015. They will perform on Thursday, July 2nd at Nokia Theater L.A. LIVE and will be joined onstage by Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS as special Guests of Honor.

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YANAKIKU releases LINE stickers

J-Pop kimono-cosplay vocal unit YANAKIKU released their self-designed set of LINE stickers this week for the popular international messaging app. The sticker set focuses on the colorful personalities and food obsessions of members YANA and KIKU, including a special sticker for the group’s favorite Japanese food (and frequent accidental name substitute) yakiniku. Sticker preview: …

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Japanese dance/vocal group GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE will perform in Los Angeles at the Echoplex on June 16, 2015. Tickets are on sale now, including a VIP option to get extra close to the stage. If you’ve seen this group in action, you’ll know it’s worth it to catch their hot stylish moves up close. …

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Hyper Yoyo – LOVE GENOME (MV)

Hyper Yoyo is back with “LOVE GENOME”. The new MV from the alternative idol unit is a funk-infused, sophisti-pop dance track punctuated by hip-hop vocals from members Yukarin and Chanyumi. Hyper Yoyo (stylized as hy4_4yh) was formed in 2006, and has released six albums and seventeen singles. Hyper Yoyo official website. Hyper Yoyo on Twitter.

Idol singer Kanna Hashimoto pulls off amazing tricks for noodle commercial

Fukuoka’s idol singer (and current Japanese CM star) Kanna Hashimoto successfully performs a series of “bakakoii” (“stupid-cool”) tricks for Nissin noodles in this latest commercial spot, which collectively took over 600 takes to get them all right. The “triple-fork” is awesome all on its own, and it’s begging you to impress your friends and/or cause …

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