Category Archives: Everything Japanese

Review: Sakurai Sho’s Ichimen – News Zero 11 Jan 2016

Sakurai Sho newscaster

Hi! Today I’d like to do a little review of Sho’s Ichimen corner. I’m just catching up to watching their shows from last year, hence the reason why this review is from an episode that aired so long ago… But it’s interesting anyway. For those of you who don’t know, Ichimen (一面) actually means “one aspect” or “one side”. It’s… Read more »

2017 Anime, Manga, Japanese Idol Calendars

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Kiki's Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyu Bin) Gutiokipanja Calendar

It’s that time of the year again, when we get ready to wrap up the old year and welcome the new. How has your year been? Whether it’s been good, bad, or merely average, it’s about time to look ahead and start preparing for 2017. Whether it’s for planning your week, brightening up your wall or desk, these calendars will be sure… Read more »

News: Aiba Masaki and Arimura Kasumi as 2016 Kouhaku MC

「第67回NHK紅白歌合戦」の司会者が決まりました。紅組司会は有村架純さん。白組司会は相葉雅紀さんです。紅白公式サイトには、お2人からのコメントも掲載しています。 #NHK紅白 https://t.co/nhljZi0W8Z — NHK紅白歌合戦 (@nhk_kouhaku) November 12, 2016 Aiba and Arimura Kasumi will be the white and red teams Kouhaku MCs this year. This will be the 67th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen (NHK紅白歌合戦). The theme of this year’s event is “Yume o Utaou 夢を歌おう”, or Sing the Dream. Kouhaku is an annual music show by NHK held on New Year’s Eve…. Read more »

“Are You Happy?” – My Thoughts

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It’s finally out! Arashi’s album for 2016, “Are You Happy?” I’ve watched the PV and making, and also been listening to the songs for the past few days, so I thought I’ll share my opinion on the album. Also a shoutout to all those who bought the RE edition of the album! You’ve probably heard it already, but keep that… Read more »

News: Arashi to release new album, “Are You Happy?”, on 26th of Oct 2016

Pre-order links available below! Arashi’s new album entitled “Are You Happy?” will be released on the 26th of October 2016. The new album follows behind the wakes of highly thematic albums “Love”, “Digitalian”, and “Japonism”. This album promises to have a wide appeal, allowing the masses to resonate with the album. The basis of this album is “listening to music is… Read more »

Blog: Japonism Concert DVD!

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Hey! It’s been a while since my last post here… I got my Japonism DVD from CDJapan one day after the release date! One thing I love about CDJapan… The EMS shipping is fast. In the past, they shipped Arashi releases on the Saturday before it was released, but I think fans and JE got unset because those overseas got… Read more »

Breaking News: SMAP to disband on 31st Dec 2016

After the rumours started early this year… This time, it’s for real. SMAP will disband on the 31st of Dec, 2016. Faxes have gone out to the media, it has been reported on NHK, it’s out in the newspapers and most importantly the breakup notice has been posted on the official JE website, Johnny’s Net.. It’s as official as official can… Read more »

News: Arashi’s 50th single Power of the Paradise to be released on 14th Sept 2016

Update: Pre-order links added below! Japanese boy band Arashi will release their 50th single, Power of the Paradise on the 14th of September 2016. This follows their performance of the song on The Music Day earlier last month. “Power of Paradise” will be the NTV theme song for Rio Olympics 2016, in which band member and newscaster Sakurai Sho will be… Read more »

Magazine: Hir@gana Times – Great Japanese Learning Resource!

I came across the Hir@gana Times magazines while browsing in Kinokuniya the other day. It advertises itself as being a magazine for ‘read Japanese study’. Curious, I decided to buy a copy. It wasn’t cheap for sure, SGD 11.50 for a thin magazine. It was even more expensive than the other magazines with Arashi in it, considering the thickness. Intrigued… Read more »

News: Arashi’s Japonism Concert DVD/Blu-ray to be released on 24th Aug 2016

Japonism Concert Blu-ray

Update: Pre-order links below! Update: Cover designs released! The much awaited Japonism concert DVD and Blu-ray of the popular Japanese boyband Arashi will be released next month, on the 24th of August 2016. The ARASHI LIVE TOUR 2015 Japonism was held last year from 6th Nov to 27th Dec in Japan. They held a total of 17 performances in all the… Read more »