Idols

Buying Japanese concert tickets may get even harder for foreign tourists with new government plan

Digital agency wants to link sports and concert ticket purchases to resident-only government-issued ID card.

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Tokyo police create public service warning about kids obsessing over their favorite male idols

Police want kids and parents to be aware of the dangers of obsessive oshikatsu.

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Idol singer from Keyakizaka46 says she’s now working as a Tokyo bar hostess

”This is a type of work I’ve really been longing to do.”

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Celebrate your oshi’s birthday in style with this fully customisable cake

The cake comes in 24 different colours and a whole load of possibilities!

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Oshi stick for taking photos of photos of your favorite celebs and characters, selling at Daiso

Works great for dolls, figures, and models too.

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Japanese idol creates kawaii Gunpla, the world’s cutest Gundam models【Photos】

Half-mecha, half-magical girl, and entirely awesome.

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Virtual YouTuber finds a way to shake hands with real-world fans, give them high-fives in Japan

A 2-D/3-D dream come true for Nightmare fans.

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What’s it like to attend an idol concert where they’re singing lyrics that you wrote? Complicated

Struggling musician Seiji attends the major debut of Gilty x Gilty, where they sing a song with lyrics written by…Seiji.

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Is the AKB48-style idol singer promotion system limiting Japanese music’s global appeal?

Prominent music critic puts the blame on idol “hostess club” tactics for Japan’s lack of “competitive ability,” but fans say that’s missing the point.

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High school girl arrested for stalking Johnny’s 7 MEN Samurai member

Luckily no one was harmed in the tense encounter.

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Thanks to the shogun, this Tokyo Shinto shrine has good luck charms to help you win idol tickets

The historical reason this shrine in the heart of the city is becoming a must-visit for idol fans.

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Should you watch the credits at the movies? Japanese celebrity’s comments spark fierce debate

Is there any need to stay once the movie’s ended?” Ami Suzuki commented on panel show.

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How many otaku penlights do you need to survive a blackout in Japan?

Light up the darkness with a little love from your idol. 

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Turn your idol’s autograph into an accessory with this clever hack from Japan

A smart way to keep your favourite artist close to you at all times.

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The new Love Live! anime isn’t about virtual YouTubers…probably【Video】

Teaser video for Love Live! Virtual School Idol promises a shakeup to the hit anime/game’s formula.

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Oshi kamidana – Literal altars you can build to enshrine your favorite anime character or idol

Design includes feature to hook up altars for members you’d wish would hook up as well.

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For the working otaku – Convertible bags you can take to work and anime/idol events【Photos】

Clever design lets you transform from serious professional to hardcore fan in seconds flat.

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Former SMAP member Shingo Katori announces marriage to woman he’s been dating for 25 years

The relationship hasn’t exactly been a secret, but it came as a surprise anyway. 

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Nearly half of Japanese women in survey have an idol singer or anime crush

And the vast majority want to look good when they go to see them.

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We visit a Harajuku cafe where you can customize food with your favorite idol’s member color

Cafe de Lapis has not only beautiful and delicious food, but it’s idol otaku-friendly!

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