MOST NOTABLE JAPANESE CELEBRITIES – FAMOUS WORLD WIDE?

They’re not just big in Japan.

Within the confines of their island nation, Japanese celebrities and pop stars explode in popularity on a small scale, but it’s not as common for stars to get noticed around the globe. These people have managed to secure worldwide fame.

1. Puffy AmiYumi

This Japanese music duo debuted in the United States at SXSW, an indie music festival, and since then, they’ve had a small but passionate following stateside. They recorded songs for cartoons and even had their own animated Read more… »

JAPANES MARKET INFLUENCES, AND THE WORLD OF POP CULTURE.

Japanese popular culture has influenced the entire world, and examining the aspects of Japanese popular culture will certainly aid in understanding the hobbies and interests of thousands of people across the globe. Some people think of Japan and picture Pokemon’s huge impact on the global industry; others see Japan as a benevolent breeding ground for unique television shows and comic books that have a distinctly Japanese style. However, regardless of how one views Japan, it is undeniable that this Read more… »

THE BEST POP CULTURE – DOES IT COME FROM JAPAN?

Trying to ascertain whether or not the best pop culture comes from Japan will depend on your own personal tastes. Ironically, a great deal of Japanese pop culture is influenced by American entertainment. That said, a great deal of the entertainment found in Japan is very unique and distinct. For those that have a love for many of the brilliant imports from Japan, there will be an assessment Japanese pop culture definitely is amazing.

J-Pop, despite the Read more… »

Japanese Fashion – What Was Up With Ganguro?

No doubt you have seen some rather bizarre fashions from the Far East. Maybe you have done some searching on the internet or you like to browse the international channels on DIRECTV – whatever the case, you have probably seen some things you thought were strange but have you ever heard of ganguro? Crudely translated to “heavily sunburned face” this fashion trend reached its height in 2000, but what was it all about?

To understand ganguro, one must understand the characteristics and, furthermore, how they pertained to Japanese preconceived notions of beauty. A girl who practices ganguro or a “ganguro girl” usually has a very dark tan that produces an orange skin tone – usually done through make-up but sometimes accomplished through heavy tanning. Other traits include fake eyelashes, hair dyed shades of bright orange and blonde and black ink tracing lines around the eyes and lips. Doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? That’s pretty much the point. Many behavioral study specialists believe that ganguro was a rebellious attack against what the Japanese people thought beauty to be – pale skin, dark hair and unremarkable makeup.

For those of you who have been to the country, you know that Japanese culture has a tendency to both reject and rebuke anything imperfect, often times isolating these imperfections. As strange and unhealthy as ganguro might have been, it at least allowed Japanese females a chance to reject unfair expectations with regards to the ideal woman of idealized beauty, and one can certainly see the beauty in that.

JAPAN AND THE WORK IT HAS DONE FOR POP CULTURE

Japan’s contributions to the pop culture scene have been greatly influential and tremendous. It is of no surprise that a world leader in the area of digital technology and information systems would also create new culture social groups and innovations to its traditions that the world finds lucrative and attractive. Japan’s influence of music, fashion, street fashion as well as youth culture, and adaptations to its own traditional culture has changed the view of the world. Western culture influences have placed Read more… »

THE BEST OF CULTURE – THE JAPANESE INFLUENCE

The most explosive and influential cultural contributions have come from Japan. The globalization of the world through technology has placed Japanese pop culture in a place of positive scrutiny in the areas of street fashion, youth music and art culture, and lifestyle. The Japanese pop scene has a high rank being an innovator and many persons seeking to expand the concepts of clothing, music and art have traveled to Japan, studied in Japan, or made Read more… »

WHAT JAPAN HAS DONE FOR POP CULTURE TODAY.

The Japanese influence on Pop Culture has been tremendous. Genres of music such as hip hop, jazz, and even classical music has been infused with the stylization of Japanese music modalities. This is clearly seen in the increase of concert dates by artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne and others as well as traditional jazz artists to include Toyko. The reason is because there is a loyal youth fan base who listen to the music, Read more… »

JAPAN AND POP CULTURE – WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

The Japanese explosion onto the Pop Culture scene has much of the world in awe. The influence in music, dance, and even clothing and make-up stylings of Japanese young people has increased at a global level. It can be noted that new pop artists and clothing designers go on the streets of urban Japanese cities for inspiration, and even pirating of what young people are doing. And to the fact, it is all good.

Japan has long since been an incubator of culture. In itself, it is Read more… »