Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society
This is a tremendous book and should jump the queue of all those books on contemporary Japan you have been intending to read. The editors deserve kudos for putting together a stellar group of specialists and our gratitude for making them abandon the usually scholarly trappings.
The chapters are written in an accessible and thoughtful style and focus on explaining various aspects of culture and society for nonspecialists. This academic-lite approach is a welcome relief from the usual trudge through a specialists’ tome, jettisoning the …
It really happened on August 7th.
More than 1000 people gathered around the Fuji TV building in Odaiba.
They were holding Japanese flags and saying “No more Hanryu(Korean Boom)”
One of the protestors said, “Fuji TV is an evil of Japan. Hanryu Boom is made up and fake.”
It may have come as a shock to people who came to Fuji TV for sightseeing to see so many Japanese protesting the station.
Fuji TV has been quoted stating “Only a few internet users are complaining about Hanryu.” But looking at the sheer number of …
Walt Disney Pictures is adapting Matsuura Tokihiko’s manga series “Tuxedo Gin” as a movie under the title “Tux,” it has been learned. It is not entirely clear whether the film will be live-action or animated, though reports so far seem to suggest the former.
“Night at the Museum” co-writer Robert Ben Garant will be handling the screenplay. Paul Young and Peter Principato will produce, along with VIZ Media’s Jason Hoffs and Shogakukan’s Ichiro Takase.
The story follows a “young street fighter who falls into a coma and learns that he has lived …
Actress Hirose Alice (16) has been given her first starring movie role in a horror film titled “Lost Harmony.” The movie is directed by Toki Yoshimasa and is scheduled for release in theaters this December.
“Lost Harmony” focuses on the 7 members of a girls’ high school chorus group, along with their teacher. In order to prepare for an upcoming competition, they lodge together at a lakeside bungalow, where they soon find themselves surrounded by strange and eerie phenomena.
Hirose, who plays the leader of the chorus, said that for some of …
Comedy, Music, Pop Culture »
Today’s issue of the tabloid Shukan Post reveals that talento Kato Cha (68) has remarried with a 23-year-old woman from the Hiroshima prefecture. The two tied the knot sometime in late June (according to some sources, June 23).
On Sunday, Kato was in Fukuoka to throw the opening pitch at a baseball game. The Sports Hochi newspaper interviewed him after that, and at the time Kato denied that he had married. When he returned by plane to Tokyo later that day, he found himself surrounded at Haneda Airport by reporters asking …
Music, Pop Culture »
KAT-TUN has unveiled a new PV for their 16th single, “Run For You”!
Music, Pop Culture »
Management agency Vision Factory has announced that it is launching a new female idol group this summer. The group consists of 7 junior high school students, carefully selected from dance schools around the country. According to Vision Factory, they will be focused on being a true dance and vocal unit, rather than a typical idol group.
The members are Ito Momoka (13), Fujita Miria (12), Nomoto Sora (13), Hayashida Mahiro (13), Shimomura Miki (12), Kiyomura Kawane (12), and Inoue Rikako (14).
The group does not yet have a name, but it was …
The heroine of the “Rurouni Kenshin” live-action movie has just been revealed. Rising star Takei Emi (17) will take on the role of Kamiya Kaoru, playing opposite lead actor Sato Takeru’s (22) Himura Kenshin.
The movie, based on Watsuki Nobuhiro’s popular manga of the same name, was just officially confirmed last month. Filming begins in August, so Takei is already preparing with training in swordplay and other skills.
Theatrical release is planned for summer 2012.
Takei recently starred in the manga-to-drama adaptation “Asukou March!” She has also landed major roles in the 2012 taiga …
Business, Events, Movies/TV, News, Technology »
Sony recently announced it would discontinue production of the MiniDisc Walkman in September. It was just over a year ago that the company dropped the cassette Walkman, so within the space of 18 months two media will have bitten the dust. Though audiophiles may lament the end of another era, to most people it simply means something else to throw away. Obsolescence is built into technological progress.
Nevertheless, the economic windfall that home electronics makers have enjoyed with the changeover from analog to digital terrestrial broadcasts seems to be over. Analog …
Anime, Events, Manga, News, Pop Culture »
An exhibition in Osaka, western Japan, is giving visitors a chance to see real-life renderings of inventions and gadgets featured in the popular comic and animated series "Doraemon."
In the long-running series, the titular cat-shaped robot from the 22nd century uses a variety of devices dubbed "secret tools" to help Nobita, a schoolboy in present-day Tokyo.
Among the displays in the event running through Aug. 31 at the Shin Umeda City district near JR Osaka Station is a single-seat helicopter, said to be one of the smallest in the world, inspired by …