December 24, 2012
OSAKA--When the company where she had worked for 14 years went belly up, Utsubo Honmachi, a shy person with a self-deprecating sense of humor, decided to start a new career as...
September 20, 2012
For two days in late August, the scene at the packed Saitama Super Arena was of glowing multicolored lights illuminating the venue as pop songs filled the air to the delight...
September 07, 2012
When the Unhasu Orchestra held performances in Pyongyang to celebrate the new year in January and February 2011, an unknown female singer appeared both times on stage in what...
August 08, 2012
NARA--For 20 years, Atsuko Arai has been traveling around the countryside of Nara Prefecture rescuing traditional children’s songs.
May 08, 2012
In the world of video-sharing, the website Nico Nico Douga might seem to attract introverted geeks who prefer to stay glued to their computer monitors at home rather than...
October 15, 2011
A single from the all-girl pop quartet Scandal has been chosen as the opening theme tune for the latest series of the popular anime "Bleach," according to the band's website.
July 13, 2011
Yu Aku (1937-2007) was 24 when he turned yellow and fell sick in 1961. His liver was damaged from overwork and malnutrition. Aku, who eventually made his name as a great...
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