Idol-pop trio turn temples into gig spots

Music Jan 3, 2019

Idol-pop trio turn temples into gig spots

The members of one all-girl pop group that performs primarily at temples in Kyoto has seen their prayers answered in recent years as their fan base has grown steadily. Called terapalms (rendered entirely in lower-case letters), the trio formed in November 2016 at the request ...

Thai filmmaker creates an intimate portrait of girl group BNK48

Film Oct 22, 2018

Thai filmmaker creates an intimate portrait of girl group BNK48

Thai filmmaker Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit wasn't sure whether to believe it when he was offered unfettered, behind-the-scenes access into the normally closely guarded and secretive world of one of Asia's biggest pop idol bands. Turns out the director got closer than he could have ever dreamed. "There ...

Seiko Oomori: J-pop's reigning rule-breaker

Music Sep 26, 2018

Seiko Oomori: J-pop's reigning rule-breaker

by Patrick St. Michel

Pop music often opts for positivity rather than confronting the uncomfortable, but Seiko Oomori has never really adhered to J-pop norms. "The bad things that happen to you can also be attractive, almost kawaii," she says from one of the upper floors at the headquarters ...

'Chubby' group Pottya takes aim at obesity prejudice

Music Dec 18, 2016

'Chubby' group Pottya takes aim at obesity prejudice

by Kwiyeon Ha

Competition is cutthroat among Japan's thousands of idol wannabes, but one approach seems to be working for a group of "chubby" girls deploying their cheeky cuteness to combat prejudice against obesity. Despite one of the lowest rates of obesity in the developed world, Japan has ...

Japan's 'Masked Girls' seek fame under cover

Music Apr 1, 2016

Japan's 'Masked Girls' seek fame under cover

by Chris Meyers

Standing out from Japan's many girl groups can be a daunting task, but one act, Kamen Joshi (Masked Girls), has found the answer by hiding behind masks. As many as 15,000 people flocked to a concert by the band late last year, showing how its ...