Archives for : February2014

Gaijin sing their love for the Conbini (Convenience Store)

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While my first impression to this video of two non-Japanese guys singing about their love of the conbini (convenience store) was met with an “eh?”. I realized it was a bit hypocritical of me because even for me, I have constantly stated my love for Japanese convenience stores and how the ones in the US pale in comparison.

From finding an inexpensive place to eat (which is essential for those who want to blow their wad of yen on other things in Japan) to the special ichiban kuji every month, paying a bill or getting money, Japanese convenience stores are essential and so darn convenient!

So, for those who want to show their love for conbini! You go for it!

AKB48 takes the title of “Artist of the Year” for the third straight year by the Japanese Recording Industry Association


Congratulations to AKB48 for taking the title “Artist of the Year” based on the Japanese Recording Industry Association for their amazing sales for 2013. Their single “Sayonara Crawl” was the biggest selling album from November 2012 to December 2013.

For western album in Japan, One Direction took the title for their album “Take Me Home”.

Enka singer Jero to perform at Japan Day @ Central Park in New York


Enka singer Jero will be performing at Japan Day @ Central Park on May 11th.

Jero had a message for his fans and Japan Day visitors, “I’m very honored for this opportunity to participate in Japan Day 2014. I look forward to getting up on the stage in Central Park. This will be my first time singing NY Ondo. I will do my best to hype up everyone in the audience to enjoy the Japan Day festivities.”


See the reactions from the shocking AKB48G reformation!

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The shocking reactions from the AKB48G reformation, especially when it was announced that Nogizaka46’s Ikoma Rena was going to be in AKB48’s Team B and Matsui Rena of SKE48 was going to Nogizaka46 (both as concurrent members).:

Massive shakeup via AKB48G at Dai Sokaku Matsuri – Which members went to which group! / Nogizaka46 also involved!


As expected, there were massive changes to AKB48G (AKB48 Groups – AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 and Team 4 but also involving Nogizaka46).

The changes are as follows:

AKB48 Changes

Takahashi Mina becomes Team A captain again, Nakamura Mariko becomes a vice captain

Nakanishi Chiyori (HKT48) goes to Team A

Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48) goes to Team A (AKB48) (concurrent), also becomes vice-captain of HKT48 Team KIV

Furahata Nao (SKE48 Team KII) is concurrent with Team A

Tomonaga Mio (HKT48) goes to Team B (AKB48) (concurrent)

Watanabe Mayu (Team A of AKB48) returns back to Team B (AKB48)

Yokoyama Yui (AKB48) went to Team K and is now the new captain

Vice Captain of Team K will now be Kitahara Rie

Kuramochi Asuka becomes the new Team B Captain of AKB48

Vice Captain for Team B is Oya Shizuka

Nogizaka46’s Ikoma Rina goes to Team B (concurrent)

SKE48 Changes

Oba Mina is now Co-Captain of SKE48 (Team KII) along with Furukawa Airi

Miyazawa Sae (SHN48) goes to SKE48 Team S as Captain (concurrent)

Sato Mieko will be vice-president of Team S

Iwata Karen (AKB48) transfers to Team S

Yamauchi Suzuran (AKB48) transfers to Team S

Suda Akari becomes Team E Captain

Umemoto Madoka becomes Team E Vice-Captain

Sato Sumire (AKB48) goes to SKE48 Team E

Tani Marika (HKT48) transfers to Team E

NMB48 Changes

Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48 – TEAM B) is concurrent with Team N (NMB48)

Kikuchi Ayaka (AKB48) goes to Team N (NMB48)

Murashige Anna (HKT48) goes to Team N (NMB48)

Fujie Reina (AKB48) goes to Team M (NMB48)

Umeda Ayaka (AKB48) goes to Team BII (NMB48)

Ichikawa Miori is no longer concurrent and is a permanent member with NMB48

HKT48 Changes

Yabuki Nako, Tanaka Miku promoted to Team H

Miyawaki Sakura now vice-captain of Team KIV

Kimoto Kanon (SKE48 Team E) goes to HKT48 Team KIV (Concurrent)

Kusaba Manami and Fukugawa Maiko has been promoted to Team KIV

TEAM 4 Changes

Kotani Riho (Team N of NMB48) is now concurrent with Team 4

Kizaki Yuria of SKE48 becomes Vice Captain of Team 4

Mukaichi Mion and Komiyama Haruka is promoted to Team 4

Kato Reina (AKB48) goes to Team 4

JKT48 Changes

Chikano Rina (AKB48) goes to JKT48

Nogizaka 46 Changes

Matsui Rena becomes a new member of Nogizaka46


Matsui Jurina will still be Team S (SKE48) and concurrent with AKB48 Team K

Yamamoto Sayaka will still be Team N (NMB48) and concurrent with AKB48 Team K

Yagura Fukou (NMB48) is concurrent with Team M and AKB48 Team A

For more information, especially moves within various groups, please visit this link.

ONE OK ROCK releases an official lyric music video for “Clock Strikes”


Rock band ONE OK ROCK has released a lyric video for their song “Clock Strikes”.

The song is featured on their latest album “Life=Ix” and was used for the promotional campaign for the Sega video game “Ishin Ryu ga Gotoku!”.

And the following is their official music video for the song:

SCANDAL’s HARUNA, MAMI and TOMOMI promote Squier by Fender


SCANDAL members Haruna (Bass), Mami (Guitar) and Tomomi (Guitar) are promoting the Squier guitar and bass guitars from Fender.

Sale of the Squier bass and electric guitars are slated for a summer 2014 release.

AKB48G: Expect a lot of tears and heartache at tonight’s Dai Sokaku Matsuri


This is what many AKB48G fans dread or get jittery each year and that is the annual reformation event in which members are sent to other groups and literally there are major shakeups.

But this year will be even bigger as management has emphasized “Dai” in the Sokaku Matsuri, which means that tonight’s shakeup will feature many surprises.  The big talk in Japan that some members may become SHN48 (Shanghai) and JKT48 (Jakarta) members.  Some going as far as Nogizaka46 being mixed into the groups (which should be impossible but hey, Aki-P is known for major surprises).

With many graduations happening with SKE48 as of late?  Will we see members of different groups become members of SKE48?  Or will Jurina Matsui become the new face of AKB48 and be a permanent member as Yuko Oshima is to graduate?  Even Jurina had to post today about the upcoming reformation.


There are a lot of predictions on social media, there are a lot of worries but if there is one thing that AKB48 fans do know… There are major changes in store.

Expect a lot of tears and heartache but also a new chapter for several members…