it’s White Day. honmei- or giri-choco for who?

It’s White Day. You know, that day in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan when it’s the men’s turn to give chocolates to women. In China though, it’s the women’s turn to give to the men; perhaps the rest of the world should adapt the Chinese tradition since it’s also the men who are expected to…

beautiful onscreen couples

This post is inspired by the Jo In-sung and Song Hye-kyo pairing in THAT WINTER THE WIND BLOWS. It’s going to be subjective because as they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are just some pairings that catch the public’s attention, sell fantasies and marquees. Individual beauty of course counts but…

TOKYO SKYTREE is the new TOKYO TOWER for J-dramas

Tokyo Tower is beloved by Tokyoites and tourists alike. The first time I went to Tokyo, I spent an entire night just staring at the tower until the lights went out. Crazy I know especially when in the morning, the tower, in its dull red-orange paint, totally looks unappealing. But it is one of Tokyo’s…

SMAP & Arashi: the senpai-kōhai system

I make no secret that among Arashi’s senpais, I love TOKIO the most. I suppose it’s a reaction to how some Johnnys fans, particularly SMAP fans, react whenever Arashi is touted as the group’s “heir” to whatever collective fame and success there is in Japan’s idoru world. Besides, I’ve seen more TOKIO x Arashi interactions…

Asia is full of pretty boys

(Asia is full of pretty boys part 1) I might as well start a series on Asia being full of pretty boys or bishounen. And they sell products that are supposed to make you pretty like them too. For example, Roy Qiu why you so pretty for Shiseido and Lisei. Then there’s my ichiban in…

my 2011 in dramas

There’s not much. I have no compunction of dropping a drama if 1) something annoys me 2) so it loses my interest. Perhaps I have a short attention span. But then, life is too short to waste on stupid dramas. So here are the dramas that managed to sustain my attention: My Princess, South Korea…

drama: 11.11.11–the ELEVEN list

I’m reposting this from my old tumblr site. That’s 10 on the list but since it’s a once-in-a-lifetime day today, I want to commemorate it by listing my 11 favorite dramas, order according to year. Meteor Garden, 2001 The drama that started it all for me. I watched it first out of curiosity and was…