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In a world where finding band music is increasingly challenging in South Korea, it’s comforting that in Japan, the realm of band music is still vibrant. However, many Japanese bands often face a common challenge – their vocalists might fall short. While their instrumental performances excel in precision, the final touch, the last 2%, often seems lacking. Enter “Official HIGE ...

The 1970s in Japan is renowned as the heyday of City Pop. It was an era before the burst of the economic bubble, marked by material abundance, and Japan’s status as the world’s second-largest economy. City Pop encapsulates the atmosphere of that period. Among the notable City Pop tracks, “Stay With Me,” known as the debut song of Miki Matsubara, ...

In the heart of downtown Incheon, centered around Freedom Park, you can discover tourist attractions like “Open Port Street,” “Chinatown,” and “Songwol-dong Fairy Tale Village.” Among these, in Open Port Street, there is a quaint Japanese-style street, adorned with a Japanese aesthetic. Despite its small alleyways, this area is filled with charming, small shops. “Small Bookstore in Japanese-style Street, Literary ...

Incheon Open Port Street, a district where Qing Dynasty and Japanese residents stayed, has preserved its historical charm. While various nationalities resided in this area, the proximity to China and Japan naturally led to a significant presence of people from these two countries, shaping Chinatown and creating a Japanese-style street adjacent to it. “Japanese-style Street in Incheon Open Port Street” ...

I went on a trip to Tokyo, Japan, during the Lunar New Year holidays in 2019. Just around this time last year, I also visited Tokyo. It’s quite unusual to travel to the same country and region consecutively, but this time, I went with a friend from the UK, making it a memorable experience. “February 4 – 8, 2019: Tokyo ...

We safely arrived at Narita Airport by taking the Skyliner train from Ueno Station. Just five days ago, we arrived here for our inbound journey, and time has swiftly passed as we return for our departure. “Narita Airport Terminal 1 Departure Procedures” This time, we used Terminal 1. Narita Airport is a large airport with Terminals 1 through 3. During ...

There are various transportation options connecting Tokyo city center and Narita Airport in Tokyo. Since all railways in Japan are privatized, there are not only one railway line but various lines operated by different companies. For more detailed information on this, you can check the link below: “The Fastest Route Connecting Tokyo City Center and Narita Airport – Skyliner” Among ...

Akihabara in Tokyo is one of the central districts of the city. Written in kanji as “秋葉原,” when translated directly, it means “autumn leaves hill.” However, it is renowned as the center of Japanese subculture, often referred to as the “otaku mecca.” Japan, Tokyo, Subculture Hub, Akihabara (秋葉原) Akihabara is considered a sanctuary of Japanese subculture, offering a variety of ...

Akihabara in Tokyo is a renowned destination and a hub of Japanese subculture. Thanks to this, you can find places all around that sell products or services related to Japanese manga and animation. Good Smile is a company that produces and sells products related to subcultures, particularly known for creating cute figures with large heads and big eyes. Exploring various ...

In Akihabara, the hub of Japanese subculture, you can discover various general stores. Many of these stores primarily sell character goods related to manga, animation, and figures. Sofmap is one such store, and what sets it apart from other general stores is its offering of a diverse range of products, including books. “Sofmap Merged with Bic Camera” Sofmap was absorbed ...

Japan can be considered a paradise for subculture enthusiasts, as you can easily find stores selling products related to subcultures throughout the country. “Animate” is one such specialty store dealing with various products related to manga and animation. Operated as a franchise, Animate has numerous stores across Japan, surpassing the number of outlets of major bookstores like Kyobo in South ...

Akihabara in Tokyo is a haven for Japanese subculture, featuring numerous stores selling various subculture products. Among these stores, “Kotobukiya” is recognized as one of the prominent ones. “Japanese Model Maker, Kotobukiya (コトブキヤ)” Kotobukiya is one of the Japanese model maker companies. Starting as a company primarily focused on figures, it is currently the second-largest figure company in Japan, following ...