October 1st, 2012


Korea flips out over not being invited to Kohaku, Japan confirms bannage

Amid anti-Korean fears, Kōhaku, 'makeshift Japan' bans K-Pop, says Korea

NHK has gotten more strict on the appearance of Korean artists on its famous year-end show, "Kōhaku Uta Gassen," due to growing anti-Korean sentiment in the country, reported the Fuji evening newspaper. Korean media has also started to pay close attention to this situation, one by one reporting on it.

The Korean media has released such headlines as "NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen bans K-Pop stars among anti-Korean anxiety," "Japan hurriedly orders NHK to ban K-Pop on Kōhaku," spreading the news that there is a high probability of K-Pop not being included on a show that is considered the height of Japanese tradition and authority in the entertainment world.

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Source - SearchChina
Translation - me

At last it's been decided! NHK Kōhaku will have zero K-Pop!

It has recently been made public that there will be no inclusion of K-Pop artists in NHK's "Kōhaku Uta Gassen" this year.

Last year, Korean artists Tohoshinki, KARA and Shojojidai made appearances, but there has been a deterioration of Japanese-Korean relations amid the Takeshima controversy, and NHK's decision "Is a reflection of viewers' animosity," theorized one official.
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Source - Nikkan Saizo
Translation - me

interesting, I think it's just the fact that K-Pop is not popular anymore as it was last year. but Korea needs to wake up, how are they blaming Japan for injecting politics into their entertainment world when Korea injects it into everything? isn't there a ban on Japanese singers even performing on domestic TV there (besides Mnet)?
Ryuu-bb salute♥

TV Tokyo releases teaser for ‘Yuusha Yoshihiko to Akuryo no Kagi’


On September 28th, TV Tokyo finally released the first teaser for the upcoming second adventure of everyone’s favorite midnight drama hero ‘Yuusha Yoshihiko‘, written and directed by Fukuda Yuichi.

After the very successful first season of the low-budget adventure drama ‘Yuusha Yoshihiko to Maou no Shiro‘ last summer, which also ranked first in the ‘Amazon Best DVD of 2011′ drama DVD category, the homage to the popular ‘Dragon Quest‘ franchise was given a go for a second season slated for this year’s fall season.

The second season is called ‘Yuusha Yoshihiko to Akuryo no Kagi‘ (lit. ‘The Hero Yoshihiko and the Key of the Evil Spirit’). Despite being set 100 years after the first adventure, the story will once again feature the familiar party of four, which consists of Yamada Takayuki as ‘Yoshihiko’, Kinami Haruka as ‘Murasaki’, Muro Tsuyoshi as ‘Merebu’, and Takuma Shin as ‘Danjo’. Also reprising their characters from the first season are Sato Jiro as ‘Hotoke’ and Okamoto Azusa as ‘Hisa’.


In the first announcement of the second adventure, the producers made clear that they won’t change its formula at all, which means there won’t be a higher budget nor are they planning to increase its scale. The first teaser already pleases its fans with the familiar characters, atmosphere, humor, and handmade special effects. One slogan of the second season says, “The beginning of another ridiculous adventure.”

Those who missed the drama last year and didn’t buy the DVD set will get another chance just before the start of the second season. All episodes of the first season will become available for free at the commercial streaming platforms of GyaO!, Video Market, DMM.com, TV Dogatch, and NicoNico Douga, but only during the 48 hours before the first episode of the second season.

TV Tokyo will air the first episode of ‘Yuusha Yoshihiko to Akuryo no Kagi’ on October 12th.

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I haven't seen this posted here yet and Mods, I'm having problems with lj-cut rn will edit this post as soon as I can. orz

Japan’s first 'cuddle cafe' lets you sleep with a stranger for Y6,000 an hour


Sometimes, after a long, stressful day, there’s nothing more comforting than crawling into bed with your significant other and falling asleep in their arms.

But what if you don’t have anyone to cuddle with in the first place? If you’re in Japan, you might think to go to a soapland or some other kind of brothel, but then you’d have to deal with all that sex when you really just want to close your eyes and rest in the warmth of another’s body.

But wait! Before you resign yourself to another lonely night of shedding tears on your Rei Ayanami dakimakura, why not stop by Soineya, Japan’s first “co-sleeping specialty shop,” where customers can pay to sleep in the arms of a beautiful girl—with no strings attached.

Soineya (literally, “sleep together shop”) opened its doors on Sept 25 in none other than Akihabara, Tokyo’s electronics district, hub of otaku culture and birthplace of other eccentric establishments like maid cafés. Soineya defines itself as a “co-sleeping specialty shop,” which we’re going to denominate “cuddle cafe” because it has a better ring to it.

According to the homepage, Soineya hopes to offer patrons “the simple and ultimate comfort of sleeping together with someone.”

Of course, ultimate comfort comes at a price. Let’s take a look at the Soineya “service menu”:

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Source: Soineya via Jinsoku  and japantoday