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  • Blog Post: The J-POP saga continues: SweetS - Love Like Candy Floss

    In the past, I have outlined some of the most famous J-POP artists: EXILE or DREAM . Today, let me introduce the (now defunct) Japanese band SweetS ( official web site in Japanese). Formed in 2003, the group experienced minor success before disbanding in 2006. Avex Track, a famous production company...
  • Blog Post: Commercials from Japan Part I: Candies for your throat

    I have mentioned previously that many famous Japanese songs are used in commercials. Well, more than often, famous singers or otherwise known personalities record commercials. This is the case of Kaori Mochida , the lead singer of Every Little Thing . Kaori praises the merits of candies supposed to...
  • Blog Post: The J-POP bands story continues: EXILE - Choo Choo Train

    EXILE (official web site in Japanese) is currently a very popular band. They have produced a limited number of records under the name "EXILE" (four, one being a conceptual album and one track on a compilation of multiple artists) but are an unusual band for many reasons. EXILE's story indirectly...
  • Blog Post: I love Dream World: The story of J-POP band Dream

    Dream is a Japanese POP band. It first appeared on January 1st, 2000 when the large Japanese record company Avexnet ( official web site in Japanese ) held a contest to find the most talented young female singers. Three girls won the Grand Prize (in Japanese). They were chosen for their exceptional voices...
  • Blog Post: Want cash? Use a cutting machine at the office to make bundles the size of 10,000 yen notes!

    This article on mainichi left me speechless...
  • Blog Post: Do you see a rabbit or a smiling face?

    Personally, I do not see anything special on this picture of the moon! Many Chinese and Japanese people see a rabbit instead of a smiling face and they believe it is making rice cakes (mochi). Maybe this is because the word “ mochizuki “ has two meanings in Japanese: “making rice...
  • Blog Post: Vacations in Kobe, Japan

    I am going on vacations! I will soon be in Kobe, Japan. Near Kobe, the Akashi bridge is one of the longest (if not the longest) in the world. It is 3911m long. Its construction started in 1988 and it took ten years to complete. I am dying to have some yakitori (grilled chicken and vegetables on...
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