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