Arama They Didn't

9:04 pm - 06/27/2014

The Future of Arama They Didn't

the last flying ayu


In the past year we’re sure you've noticed a lack in Arama's quality and overall activity. We'd be lying if we didn't say we lost interest. We started Arama They Didn't! nearly five years ago, and to this day it still surprises us what it turned into.

Through years of copyright issues on streaming and download sites, it became increasingly difficult to find Japanese media online which is the only way most of us is able to access it. The J-pop community as a whole was segmented and shrunk even more with the rise of K-Pop’s constant releases and breaking news. At Arama, we tried to create a place that encompassed it all and bring back that sense of unity we once had. We've shared nearly 20,000 articles, received almost a million comments and built a community that brought 19,000 people together with the single interest of Japanese Pop Culture.

LiveJournal has given us the opportunity to achieve what we originally set out to do. In 2012 we joined LJ Media thinking we would be further legitimized as a news outlet and hub for fandom, but after that seemingly went nowhere and swept under the rug. As we grew, our needs also grew but we weren’t sure how to execute them. Finally we decided it was time for us to go to take the next step and plan a revival for Arama.


Opening July 1st, 2014 on our 5th birthday!

We've announced this on social media but we weren't sure how to handle things here. We've thought long and hard about this and thought it would be for the best for us to move off LiveJournal and finally be in total control of everything. Even though LiveJournal itself has started a comeback of sorts, unfortunately there are still too many issues for us to consider keeping it as our primary base of operations. Arama would just continue to stagnate and not grow as a community.

There isn't really an active place solely for Japanese pop culture fans to call their home, most of them are defunct, and yes that includes TokyoHive
Our primary goal is to fill that void. We have a diverse team of writers who are very excited to start sharing news as well as fun and provocative editorials and opinion pieces. Unfortunately user-generated content would not work on our new platform. However, we will have a form where anyone can submit tips for news stories they would like to see published. New additions to the staff are always welcome! Details on that will be revealed in the near future.

Where you can find us

  • URL: Our new URL of course will be

  • FACEBOOK: Because of this rebranding, Facebook has been giving us trouble renaming our page. We’d appreciate if you liked the new one:

  • TWITTER: We’ll be keeping the same twitter which will be available with our new name:

  • E-MAIL: If you have any further questions, you can contact us directly at

  • TUMBLR: Eventually, everything posted on will be automatically cross-posted to tumblr for more reach.

We hope you'll stick with us and continue to support us as we figure things out at our new home!

katzsong 1st-Jul-2014 05:19 pm (UTC)
I am interested in quite a broad-base of Japanese stuffs and I don't really read Japanese, so I also get my Japanese news from other English-sites. But I follow the newspaper's site, like Asahi news or Daily Yomiuri, or Japan Times, etc. Sometimes I read from rocketnews, or Tokyohive. Sometimes I even read tips from Twitter and try to find the Japanese site and use google translate (and then try to make a sense of it with my limited Japanese-language-skill). I like to read from diverse sources and then share the news in arama. I quite like the discussion here, which is more civil and I think less annoying than Disqus.
Well, that's gonna be a thing in the past now. Probably a good thing, since I have one less procrastination excuses. Not really wanted to apply for staff either.
And just like life, we have to move on, I guess
enorcsi 2nd-Jul-2014 11:49 am (UTC)
I also agree that the best parts of arama were the possibility of community generated posts and the discussions. Although since community generated posting requires moderation that also became its downfall it seems. The fact that there were rarely any original posts since the majority of them were from other J-site sources (especially more recently) didn't really bother me, because while arama was updated regularly it was a place for me to come and find info that ppl, like you katzsong, found interesing enough to share, bringing them to my attention without me having to filter through all those other source sites myself (yes, I'm lazy like that, so I appreciated your contributions). I especially enjoyed posts that prompted ppl to talk about their own experiences in the comments about the subject. In those cases the comments became even more interesting and informative than the original post. For example comments about teaching experiences in Japan or life in Japan, about being half-Japanese, about being in a multi-cultural relationship, about bullying or hikikomoris, LGBT life in Japan, etc., and I'm sure there had been more, but these are the major topics I remember at the moment. There were members whose comments I was looking forward to reading. I could probably find such info on expat sites for Japan, like gaijinpot and the like, but I liked that arama was not overwhelmingly about this but was more a J-entertainment focused community, and also that it was linear, meaning I got to read about various topics and entertainers I otherwise would not have checked out at all, since when I backtracked on the previous posts I could see all the titles.

I looked at the new site and it looks pretty and organized, but it's just way to much info for me, like the other pages that used to be the source sites here. I don't have time to read about EVERYTHING and I don't have time to filter out things myself, so I don't think I'll be following over.

I'm not saying that aramajapan will be bad or will be a letdown, because as a website it looks promising, and I wish the mods all the success, but since it has a completely different concept, I cannot compare it to LJ arama. And not because I'm buthurt and not open to changes, but because it's not a new version or a migrated version it's simply a different project.

If there are members willing to be mods here on old linear LJ, it would be nice if it could continue, but keeping this page would not benefit the new arama website, so I'm guessing that's out of the question.

sorry katzsong, I started the comment as a reply and it turned into a whole whiny-reaction post lol.
anyway, it was nice having you around
katzsong 3rd-Jul-2014 08:40 am (UTC)
aww, thank you *bear hug*
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