Baybeats

Local music festival returns again with a solid lineup

01 July, 2013 by

Baybeats has been a regular occurrence in the Singapore music scene since it started in 2002. The event has been pivotal to raising the popularity of bands from around the region. This year was no different, as bands from as far as Japan came down to perform to a local audience from all walks of life and music preference.
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JKT48 Announces Team K Formation

25 June, 2013 by

Indonesian sister group of AKB48, JKT48 has announced the establishment of a new team. In tonight’s theater performance of Boku no Taiyou it was announced that Team K has been established, with a total of 18 members. A captain for the group has not yet been decided. This marks the third Team K in the whole of the AKB48 franchise, with overseas group JKT48 beating Hakata group HKT48 to the punch. More information can be found on the official twitter account of JKT48.

Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium

Exploring the sea to the ocean floor

21 June, 2013 by

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium at the Ocean Expo Park is a place often recommended to tourists. It’s no wonder as it is often touted to be among the best aquariums in the world.
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Unofficial Sentai Akibaranger

Officially unofficial sentai themed late night drama

06 June, 2013 by

Akibaranger is a difficult show to explain. Even the series’ name is a bit of a misnomer, and despite being called “unofficial” the show is created by the same people at Toei who’ve made some of the beloved Sentai and Kamen Rider tokusatsu. But instead of being the usual low-budget, live-action superhero flicks targeted at children, the team uses the tokusatsu idea loosely to deliver a novel, at many times hilarious after hours comedy.
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Psycho-pass

The thriller series for the discerning viewer

28 May, 2013 by

Psycho-Pass is an anime that follows the crime-busting exploits of police inspector Tsunemori Akane. Set in a future where Japan is fully isolated from the rest of the the world, the country is run by the Sybil System which evaluates citizens based on their Psycho-pass, determining everything from their tendency to commit crimes to their career paths.


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Tokyo Spring 2013 Day 7

Last minute shopping frenzy on the last day

26 May, 2013 by

Following our plans, we woke up a bit earlier on this day with the intention to reach Harajuku by 10am. We had turned in earlier the previous night to rest up, so we weren’t sleepy or tired. One of the reasons for waking up early was that it was the last day and we wanted to maximize time.
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Enoshima Spring 2013 Day 6

A wonderful time spent away from the city

21 May, 2013 by

Quickly approaching the end of our short holiday, we took a break from the city for once and headed to the beautiful island of Enoshima, located in Fujisawa City of Kanagawa. I was especially excited for this day because it was the most out-of-the-way place on our itinerary, and have seen photos posted of it from celebrities and friends.
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AKB48 Photo Guide: Sister Groups

The self distributed photographs for SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48

20 May, 2013 by

In this part of the series we take a look at the AKB48 sister groups own take on theater distributed photographs. Unsurprisingly, the groups of SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48 derive their distribution formula from their Akihabara origin group but also add on to or modify their methods.
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Odaiba Spring 2013 Day 5

A day spent more on shopping than sightseeing

16 May, 2013 by

Having set aside more time for rest this day, we headed off to Odaiba in the late morning feeling energised and refreshed. It was also yet another cold windy day, but at least the weather was really good and skies were clear.
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5th Dimension

Weekend heroines prove their mettle with sophomore album

14 May, 2013 by

Momoiro Clover Z has been at the head of the idol sengoku jidai, a rising group that comes closest to threatening AKB48′s hegemonic hold over the proverbial Iron Throne of Japanese music. In April of 2013, the 5 girls from Stardust Promotions released their second album, titled 5th Dimension. The album reached the top of the Oricon charts, selling a total of nearly 200 thousand copies over three weeks.


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Zakimi Castle

The Beauty in Ruins

13 May, 2013 by

You cannot leave Okinawa until you’ve visited one of the island’s UNESCO World Heritage sites from the Ryukyu Kingdom. There are several throughout the island and the Zakimi Castle ruins is one of them.
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Yokohama Spring 2013 Day 4

Yokohama didn't disappoint, even with bad weather in the way

11 May, 2013 by

After 3 days in Tokyo, we had a slight change of environment in the form of Yokohama. Having a bit of trouble finding the place to buy the special discounted Minatomirai Ticket due to wrongly understanding that it was not sold at Shibuya Station at all, our plans were delayed so during the day we had to cut short some places we intended to visit.
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B-Mobile Prepaid SIM Card

An update to the Japanese mobile phone situation

06 May, 2013 by

Some time ago we looked at the Japanese SIM card rental options and deduced that if you’re visiting for a short holiday, the best thing to do would be to stick with your local carrier’s roaming plan. The situation’s changed quite a bit since then and many of the previous SIM card options are now defunct, though the previous conclusion still stands. However for those staying for a longer duration or who require internet access on the go, B-Mobile’s prepaid data cards provide an excellent alternative.
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