[music] wave it for CNBLUE

With music, just like anything in pop culture, either I like it or I don’t. But if you ask me why I like a song, much more start talking about the technical aspect, like the guitar riff here or the bass curl there, I’d be lost. Music is straightforward for me, I like it because…

[blog] Arashi songs 101

Someone recently asked me what Arashi songs I would recommend. The person was obviously not an Arashi fan but she got curious “because they are so famous in Japan”. Off the bat, I would recommend these songs: A.Ra.Shi – because it’s their debut song and it sold over a million copies, which in itself is…

SMAP turns 20

SMAP, the grandfathers of Johnny’s Jimusho boy groups turned 20 yesterday. Does this make them a Virgo? To mark their 20th birthday, the group returned to the place where they had their debut and even held a surprise handshake event with all of the 10,000 fans! Lucky fans. I’m not really a SMAP fangirl but…

TV: anti-Korean Wave

I am not a fan of Korean pop but as someone who writes about the region’s pop culture, I have to check it out every now and then. I may not be updated with every song, singer or drama that comes out in the Kpop market as compared to Mandopop and Jpop, but I roughly…

Arashi’s red string

I like the concept of the red string, which is a Chinese and Japanese legend. It’s called the red string of fate or red string of destiny. (Photos for this post are from nada醬 at Weibo) According to this East Asian myth, an invisible red string is attached to the ankles of a man and…

Arashi’s beautiful world

You know you’re not just an idol but a national icon when your face appears on the aircraft of your country’s flag carrier. Arashi + Japan Airlines = Arashi Jet. Today is also the start of Arashi’s BEAUTIFUL WORLD TOUR. Ganbarre baka boys! Arashi, Arashi for dreaaaaammmmmm.