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Kumamon!

J-Culture/Lifestyle

Kumamon

One thing I love about Japan is the mascots (or yuru-kyara) they have for well, everything. These cute little dudes represent lots of different things from national parks, to airports, and even cities (there are lots more things but it would take a while to list them all!).

I’ll do a nice long post about the other mascots later, but today i’m going to talk about my favorite one, Kumamon! He’s a large black bear with cute red cheeks, and he’s the signature mascot of Kumamoto! (more…)

Legs in Korea!

K-Culture/Lifestyle

One thing that’s always been an interesting matter to me about Korea is how they dress. I mean the difference in how we Westerners dress and how girls dress over there! Over here, we dress however we want, and don’t receive a huge amount of criticism. I mean it can be low cut tops, and shorts, and no one bats an eye. In Korea however, it’s more common to dress a little more conservatively in a sense.

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The Do’s & Dont’s Of Being A Kpop Fan!

K-Features

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There is no right or wrong way to be a fan so-to-say, but there is a way to gain you respect within a fandom, and how to lose that respect very quickly. I think with any fandom within the Kpop world especially, you will always have your delirious, crazy, “oppa is mine, and only mine” kind of fans. We all know of them, and I am sure we all have the same thoughts for them. There is a new level of crazy fan which are better known as “Sasaeng” fans. These guys go to a whole new length of crazy and literally become the stalking obsessive, bitching, nasty pieces of work that like to chase the idols (more…)

Are The Words Of Super Juniors Eunhyuk All They Seem?

K-Music

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When Shinhwa went off to the army, I felt truly down heartened. They were my first loves in the Kpop scene and the true reason as to why I got into Korean culture. But a few months down the line I heard of the new big boy group “Super Junior“. At that time it consisted of the 12 members Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Yesung, Shindong, Hangeng, Siwon, Donghae, Eunhyuk, Kibum, Sungmn and Ryeowook, which then went up to 13 members with addition of Kyuhyun. A few years down the line members Hangeng and Kibum left the group with a bit of commotion which left a few of the fans upset. (more…)

The Road to 100 Years

J-Culture/Lifestyle

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One of the few things in life I’m really passionate about is musical theatre, and more specifically, the Takarazuka Revue. I know that in the UK there are only a handful of people who are even aware of Takarazuka, and I’ve wanted to write something informative about this for a while but have never really had the time, a good reason or a decent platform to write an article. Since next year marks a century of Takarazuka being a part of Japanese culture, here it is!

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The Countdown to Kitacon 2014!

Events

And so the countdown to one of the UK biggest anime conventions has begun!

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Babymetal- Why does it work so well??

J-Music

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What do you get if you mix progressive metal with cutesy Japanese pop? The answer that you would expect is a match made in hell right? Well… I guess depending on who you ask that might indeed be the answer but for this author you get the ridiculously ingenious mesh that is Babymetal.

Originally a subunit of the Japanese Idol Group Sakura Gakuen, Babymetal represented the “Heavy Music Club” (yes, I don’t quite get it either) but as far as popularity goes outside of Japan, they are the group that has caught the attention of western fans due to their (more…)

Free- Why I Should Like It… and Why I don’t

Anime/Manga

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I wouldn’t call myself an anime snob. Far from it actually; I am someone who enjoys the most ridiculous of anime tropes whether it may be 10 year old kids acting far more mature for their age group should or a bunch of world wary teens battling creepy giants who threaten to eat them just for the sake of it. But there are times, and not that often, when I feel somewhat excited by the prospect of a new show, especially when a lot of people are on that same bandwagon only to be let down by what I end up seeing.

That is how I am feeling about Free! at this moment in time.

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Anime/Manga

DF-Wave News Splash #76 – Korean Idols #PrayForParis, G-Dragon Makeup, Star Cafés, 2NE1 Comeback, Skicare Ingredients, and Warming Recipes

Anime/Manga

Drama Fever News Splash

Winter is just around the corner –
Keep warm with DramaFever News Splash!

At the start of every week, we take a look back over the past 7 Days to bring a quick snip of some of the Top Stories and JaK Wave Faves from our good friends at DramaFever and share them with you!

So, let’s have a look at what’s been igniting the ‘Fever this week! (more…)

DF-Wave News Splash #73 – North Korean Beauties, Robot Phones, C-CLOWN Disbands, Eye Smiles, Heirs Movie, and Rubbermasking!

Anime/Manga

Drama Fever News Splash

Can’t wait for your favourite artist’s comeback?
Get impatient alongside us at DramaFever News Splash!

At the start of every week, we take a look back over the past 7 Days to bring a quick snip of some of the Top Stories and JaK Wave Faves from our good friends at DramaFever and share them with you!

So, let’s have a look at what’s been igniting the ‘Fever this week! (more…)

DF-Wave News Splash #70 – Miyazaki Nature Park, Time Travel, Japanese Cry Guys, Pumpkin Doughnuts, and K-Drama Exercise Tips!

Anime/Manga

Drama Fever News Splash

Raindrops keep falling on your head?
We got the sun here at DramaFever News Splash!

At the start of every week, we take a look back over the past 7 Days to bring a quick snip of some of the Top Stories and JaK Wave Faves from our good friends at DramaFever and share them with you!

So, let’s have a look at what’s been igniting the ‘Fever this week! (more…)

New Anime: Lupin III

Anime/Manga

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The late summer of 2015 will see the debut of a new Lupin III television series – the first series to star Lupin since 1985. Reflecting its setting, the anime will debut in Italy on August 29th before airing in Japan in October.

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Languages

JaKWOW-K #95 – Music #1

Korean

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안녕하세요 물결 타는 사람들! 다시 만나서 반가워요!
Hello Wave Riders! It’s good to see you again!

Once again, it’s time for JaKWOW! JaK’s Word of the Week; KOREAN EDITION!
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JaKWOW-K #94 – DIY, Hardware, and Tools PART #1

Korean

JaKWOW-K AUTUMN Banner

안녕하세요 물결 타는 사람들! 다시 만나서 반가워요!
Hello Wave Riders! It’s good to see you again!

Once again, it’s time for JaKWOW! JaK’s Word of the Week; KOREAN EDITION!
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JaKWOW-K #93 – Traditional and Modern Toys and Games

Korean

JaKWOW-K AUTUMN Banner

안녕하세요 물결 타는 사람들! 다시 만나서 반가워요!
Hello Wave Riders! It’s good to see you again!

Once again, it’s time for JaKWOW! JaK’s Word of the Week; KOREAN EDITION! (more…)

JaKWOW-K #92 – Fireworks~!

Korean

JaKWOW-K AUTUMN Banner

안녕하세요 물결 타는 사람들! 다시 만나서 반가워요!
Hello Wave Riders! It’s good to see you again!

Once again, it’s time for JaKWOW! JaK’s Word of the Week; KOREAN EDITION! (more…)