In Japan, there are many groups or bands made up of artists who dance, sing, perform, and appear on television in various programs. These artists are called ‘Idols’ and they are a large part of the Japanese music industry.
Offbeat J Pop Music Idols
While we talked about two of the most popular mainstream boy groups of J-pop in this article, now we would like to introduce you to two slightly less mainstream J-pop powerhouses. Let’s start with Chōtokkyū.
Animate sells a wide variety of anime goods including comics, light novels, dojinshi (self-published magazines), CDs, DVDs, character goods, figures, video games, trading cards, and costumes
Tokyo One Piece Tower -closed-
At the foot of Tokyo Tower, the second-highest tower in Japan which looks like the Eiffel Tower, you will find the indoor theme park One Piece Tower. This indoor theme park was built in 2015.
Manga in Japan
In the late 1940’s, Tezuka Osamu, the father of modern Manga, began working cinematic effects learnt from European movies in to his cartoons.
Avant-garde Artists from Japan
Within the wide musical variety within the Japanese industry, there are two acts that in a very characteristic way expose the culture of Japan.
Two Japanese Legends of Pop Music
Within the music world of Japan, there are two acts that have gone down in history as legends and continue to inspire new generations. Let us introduce to you pop duo Pink Lady and composer Kitaro.
Japan’s Most Iconic Anime
Anime is one of the most important modern cultural facets of Japan. The word ‘anime’ comes from the English word ‘animation’, and within Japan, it is used to refer to any kind of moving animation picture no matter where it is produced
Robot Restaurant -temporarily closed-
A little different from what its name might suggest, the Robot Restaurant in Shinjuku is not actually a restaurant. You will not be served by robots (you will need to go to Shibuya Fukuras for that) but you will be treated to a spectacular show.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is the first J-Pop star to become a global phenomenon. Many others have enjoyed a degree of success outside of their native Japan.
A Short History of Anime
The history of the anime goes back to 1907 when many Japanese artists were influenced by Western animation and decided to create specific national content for Japan. At that time this was very difficult because materials were expensive