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 ...