Sakura’s J-Pop Corner – H!P Fights Back

Morning Musume 14.

Morning Musume 14.

H!P is the short name for Hello Project.  They are an agency that manages and produces  the idol groups Juice =Juice and C-Ute but their flagship group is Morning Musume

In the world of J-Pop Idols Hello Project was the main player for many years, in fact you could almost say they invented the concept. Continue reading

How I Discovered – Johnny Cash

Inokashira Park in Kichijoji

The Buddhist Temple – Inokashira Park in Kichijoji

Since I moved to Tokyo almost ten years ago,  I have been a city girl. I live in Meguro and rarely leave the Yamanote districts of Shibuya, Shinjuku, Ebisu and Meguro. I do occasionally take my passport and travel the 20 minutes to some of the Shitamachi districts like Akasaka, or Aoyama, but the suburbs are somewhere I usually would never dream of going. They tend to be characterless, residential areas with little to make you want to go there.

However there is one exception and that is Kichijoji. Continue reading

Jerome Charles White Jr – Big In Japan ! ! ! 


Jero - Big In Japan ! ! !

Jero – Big In Japan ! ! !

Jerome Charles White, Jr is big in Japan ! ! ! He came to Japan like so many others as an English teacher who wanted to do something else . . .But Jerome actually did move on and do something else and so he became Big In Japan . . . .

Enka is a style of music that is somehow a mix of pop and traditional Japanese music.

so, how on earth is a black American from Pittsburgh now the hottest Enka singer in Japan ? ? ? Continue reading

Sakura’s J-pop Corner – TV Themes – Battle of the Nations – Japan vs The World ! ! !

Hirugao is a Drama About Adultery

Hirugao is a Drama About Adultery

Why do British TV shows have such rubbish theme tunes ? ? ? In Japan there is a link between the TV companies and the record companies and top artists make great tracks for TV themes. In the UK it seemed that TV themes were really just an after thought and written in the ten minutes between drinking a beer and going to the toilet by some geezer that happened to learn to read music in elementary school. Continue reading

The He Said ~ She Said A to Z of Japanese Music – The Letter H ! ! !


We are the Avante Guarde H

We are the Avant Garde H ! ! !


faye-80She Says:

Gosh we have been on holiday for a long time ! ! ! I was at home in Okinawa and Mr P was at home in Hawaii and then we had our honeymoon cave diving in Iceland and time just flashed by ! ! !  But we are back now and we have a great selection of tracks for you ! ! !  We have avant garde, some chilled tropical sounds from my home, a 16 year old school girl who has already had 22,000 songs written just for her . . . . and   . . . .well . . . Mr P’s other choice ! ! !

spike 80-1He Says:

Ta dah ! Just when you thought it was safe..we’re back with a tremendous pot-pouri of J-Pop and culture for you. Hope you enjoy it !


 See you in the culture club boys ! ! !

See you in the culture club boys ! ! !

A Message From The Faculty ! ! !

Holidays are over and lessons and club activities have started again ! ! !   We expect you in class for your Japanese Lesson with P sensei and if you do not have cram school we expect to see you in the Culture Club With S sensei ! ! !  This week the in Japanese class will learn the meaning of Hikikomori ! ! ! 

In the culture club S sensei will be explaining about the cultural linguistic matrix and one reason why communication between westerns and Japanese people can be difficult . . even in Japanese ! ! !

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon – Feminist Icon ? ? ?

Moon Prism Power - Make Up ! ! !

Solider of Love and Justice – Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon


Sorry Spiller Guys, this post is about feminism, but I hope you will read it also.

Feminism is about empowering women, equality and social justice . . . so why is it so unpopular with young women and girls ? ? ?  Most girls I know either deny they are feminists or are embarrassed to admit it.  Why on earth should this be so ? ? ?  What is wrong with feminism ? ? ?

A new series of Sailor Moon has started in Japan and it has caused a lot of debate about the nature and role of this manga ( and later anime series ) People seem divided equally between those who think that Sailor Moon is an icon of feminist literature and those who think the complete opposite. Continue reading

Big in Japan ! ! ! – Marty Friedman – ex Megadeth Guitarist ! ! !

Marty Friedman - Big In Japan ! ! !

Marty Friedman – Big In Japan ! ! !

Welcome to a new occasional series I am going to write about people from the west who are Big In Japan ! ! !

Megadeth were one of the iconic metal bands of the 1990 decade and hugely successful but at the peak of their success the Marty Friedman left the band and headed to Japan. Marty Friedman has lived permanently in Japan since 2003 and has a really great career here. But not the one you might expect ! ! !

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