Guide To Watching Your Idols In Japan

From purchasing tickets to enjoying your first concert

11 October, 2010 by

Regardless of whether you’re into J-Rock, Pop or Visual Kei, watching your favorite stars perform live in concert can be a rewarding experience. Many dream of it, but not all are able to overcome the daunting challenge. If you’ve ever wondered how to get concert tickets in Japan to see AKB48, Hello Project or any other artist, read on. This guide is for those that have resolved to take the first step, because being well prepared is often the difference between a fulfilling encounter or a disappointing mishap.
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Light Sticks

Wota weapons guide

03 February, 2012 by

This guide on concert light sticks has been in the works for a while since I wasn’t quite sure whether to push it out, but here is it anyways. This is a certain collection of common knowledge about the different types of light sticks you see people brandishing at concerts. While idol concerts primarily referenced, this information might prove even more useful for fans of other artists where such weapons of mass euphoria are not as common.
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Universal Studios Singapore Photo Tour

A look inside Singapore’s first theme park

07 September, 2010 by

Last Friday, we headed over to Resorts World Sentosa to visit Universal Studios Singapore. Public reactions to the theme park had been mixed, so we decided to check it out ourselves. Impressions and photo tour within.
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AKB48 Catchphrases

A list of AKB48 member introductions

06 January, 2011 by

In the Japanese idol world, it is customary for artists to have sort of tag line, or as they prefer to call it, catchphrase (キャッチフレーズ). You can liken AKB48 member catchphrases to a hook or jingle in a television commercial for the idol to sell themselves, showcase their personality or to simply make a memorable impression. Despite their growing popularity, I’ve yet to find a one stop article with this information so I’ve decided to compile a list of all of the AKB48 member introductions here.
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Rex Cinema

The place to get your Bollywood fix

07 November, 2010 by

It seems that Singapore has no lack of interesting places waiting to be discovered. A while ago, I found this interesting cinema where you can get more than just your movie fix. If someone ever asked me to recommend an exotic location for movies, I would cheekily refer them to the Rex Cinema.
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Tokyo Train Guide: Narita to Tokyo

Finally a detailed guide for the most popular and logical choices

30 April, 2012 by

Tokyo city is notorious among foreigners for having one of the most complex transport systems in the world. But even before we step into Tokyo proper and begin worrying about railways, subways and shinkansen, just getting from Narita Airport in the adjacent prefecture of Chiba to Tokyo can be a confusing venture for first time travelers, especially with the plethora of options available.
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Tokyo Train Guide

With a little homework, getting around Tokyo can be easy

07 May, 2012 by

Few people would disagree that Japan has the most sophisticated transport network in the world and no where is it more complicated than in Tokyo. With 30 different operators, 882 stations and 102 different rail lines just in the city alone, it’s no surprise that many first time visitors are overwhelmed by the train system in Tokyo. Even the locals get confused. But with a little bit of homework, traveling on Tokyo’s trains can be every bit as convenient and enjoyable as they were made to be.
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Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance

25 May, 2010 by

The second installment of the theatrical remake of cult classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion will be released on DVD and Blu-ray tomorrow on the 26th of May 2010. After months of procrastination, now is good as any time to a run through Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.
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Japanese Charms

Japanese good luck charms

24 June, 2011 by

Omamori (御守) are the amulets that are always seen at shrines and temples throughout Japan. Literally meaning “to protect”, these often intricately designed charms are a popular gift item for travelers who will inevitably visit at least some of Japan’s shrines.
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Hakone

01 June, 2010 by

Hakone is famous for its many onsen, ryokan and gardens. As the nearest nature spot accessible from Tokyo, Hakone is a worthwhile option for tourists visiting the capital city. It is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, the most popular nature travel destination in Japan. Since my return from Hakone, multiple friends have asked for tips for when traveling to the area. I’ve decided to write a full guide for Hakone, together with more exclusive photos from our trip that were previously unreleased.
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SNSD

Korea’s leading female pop group

11 January, 2010 by

There’s little doubt that 2009 was a good year in the progress of K-Pop. With the eventual rise in popularity of girl groups and boy bands, I bet the year brought fans a whole bunch of addictive, if not sickeningly sweet tunes.
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AKB48 Singapore Shop

We witness the opening of South East Asia’s first AKB48 shop

15 May, 2011 by

The AKB48 Singapore Shop opened its doors for the first time yesterday on Saturday, 14th May 2011. Iwasa Misaki, Komori Mika and Miyazaki Miho, three members of the popular Japanese idol group, AKB48 flew down one day ahead of their peers to welcome the hundreds of fans who came down to meet their idols.
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Majisuka Gakuen

AKB48’s new drama is hard to take seriously

10 May, 2010 by

Majisuka Gakuen (マジスカ学園) is a midnight drama staring AKB48 that was recently aired in Japan back in March. Majisuka Rock & Roll, the B-Side from AKB48’s last single, served as the show’s theme song while the single itself, Sakura no Shiori was the drama’s ending theme. Majisuka Gakuen roughly translates to English as “Are you serious? Academy”. Not unlike other late night dramas, its a nonsensical show with little literary value, tolerable only by hardcore fans of the cast.
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