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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...
15 Nov 2007
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...
14 Jul 2004
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...
29 Jun 2004
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...
25 Jun 2004
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...
22 Jun 2004
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...
8 Jun 2004
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...
24 May 2004
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