Category Archives: #4. Japanese popular culture

Gackt: The Mystery, The Myth, The Magnum

As I grew up, I never really got into the same music my peers enjoyed. I enjoyed a lot of techno (because it reminded me of game music), and I quickly developed a love of Japanese Pop music, because it … Continue reading

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Hello and Goodbye Kitty

I remember going into a Hello Kitty store when I was a young lad and looking at all of the various Hello Kitty crap and wondering if Hello Kitty was some sort of comic book character or television show hero.  … Continue reading

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Akira Kurosawa: Michael Cera-Approved

For my blog post on Japanese popular culture, I decided to write about one of the most influential figures in Japanese cinema: Akira Kurosawa. Why is he considered one of Japan’s greatest directors? Basically, he is well known for his … Continue reading

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Mindless Entertainment

It’s hard for me to believe, but it has almost been a decade since I visited Japan.  It seems like just yesterday I was enjoying octopus balls on the streets of Osaka and hiking my way to the summit of … Continue reading

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Japanese Gangster Culture: The Yakuza

Americans have long been infatuated with the mafia to the point it has permeated throughout our popular culture with films, games, novels, and even comics. It seems we are drawn to the glamorous and highly dangerous life style these groups portray and the Japanese … Continue reading

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カラオケ

Though personally I do not have much experience with カラオケ, the times that I have taken part in カラオケ have been relatively fun. Every country has their own sub-culture based around カラオケ. In Japan, カラオケ is quite a large and … Continue reading

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Kawaii

“Mira, que cute!” is a common Spanish phrase spoken in my hometown, Harlingen, Texas, meaning “Look, how cute!” People usually say this when they are referring to anything that is considered cute, including an adorable puppy, or a pretty dress … Continue reading

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