Monthly Archives: December 2015

The Japan Times: Getting the First Year’s Prayer In

Whether we are Buddhists, followers of Shintoism or atheists, the first thing many Japanese do on ganjitsu (New Year’s Day) is go to their local shrine or temple for hatsumōde, a symbolic first visit of the year. If it’s not done on Jan. 1, it will likely happen shortly after. Read the full article at […]

The Japan Times: Star Wars Fandom in Japan

It’s become a bit of trivia among “Star Wars” fans that creator George Lucas allegedly took inspiration from both the term jidai geki (historical drama) when creating the word “jedi” and Akira Kurosawa’s film “The Hidden Fortress.” Those aren’t the only Japanese references in the series; from Darth Vader’syoroi-inspired helmet to Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Toshiro Mifune-esque […]

The Japan Times: Opinion – Pretty Good Year: Gesu No Kiwami Otome

Publications such as Oricon Japan are touting a “band boom” — a term thrown around the Japanese pop culture lexicon occasionally, signifying a surging popularity of rock bands — on the horizon for a new generation, with Gesu No Kiwami Otome. as one of the premier acts. While it remains to be seen whether a […]

The Japan Times: X Japan Live Review

Indeed, it has been a very long time since we’ve had an X Japan album. But to fans, even the delays are part of the mythos — one full of hardship, success, tragedy and resurrection. This time, however, it looks certain that a comeback is going to happen. Read the full article at The Japan […]