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Hiroko Yamamura

Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Risa Yoshiki


Let's heat things up
Feb 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Risa Yoshiki Birthdate: July 27, 1987 Hometown: Chiba, Japan Measurements: 80/59/88 cm You know when I poke my head around the Japanator office it can only mean one thing.. The return of Idol of the Week! Yeah I know...
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WTF

WTF Fridays: Kabe-don & don'ts


A little sekuhara with your blouse?
Feb 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
Girl, that dress would look better on my bedroom floor
Naruto Shippuden photo
Naruto Shippuden

Naruto Shippuden: Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hikari to Yami~ trailer


No end in sight
Feb 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
I know I haven't been around the site for quite a while, but last I heard.. Naruto was ending or something. Well, it looks like the story lives on, in some type of spin off at least. Naruto Shippuden: Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hik...
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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: flumpool


Keep it rocking
Feb 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
The rock don't stop. It's finally Friday, and that means it's time to cut loose a little. To bring it in right, we have the Osaka four piece, flumpool. It's hard to believe they are now celebrating their ninth year with the new single, Yoru Wa Nemureru Kai? The high energy track is due to hit shelves next week, but has been available digitally for a bit of time. 

Toyota X Vocaloid photo
Toyota X Vocaloid

Toyota X Vocaloid team up to rock the new Prius


Flashing screen incoming
Feb 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
This video is a whole lot of wut, but hey... it sounds pretty good! If you didn't have your afternoon cup of coffee yet, you can skip it. This video's got enough hype in it to keep you going until tomorrow. I don't feel any ...
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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: BUMP OF CHICKEN


Rise from you Grave
Feb 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, A Daily Dose returns for at least a little while. What could stir its return? Some amazing music pouring out of Japan of course! What better way to kick things back off than with the h...
Yo-Kai Watch photo
Yo-Kai Watch

Would you like some fries with your Yo-kai?


I need these!
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
So, I haven't actually watched a full episode of Yo-kai Watch or played the games. I have just ended up buying gobs of toys for my nieces and nephews, as they are insane about the highly successful series. In some weird way ...
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Anime Sneakers

Get your Fate/stay night gear on


When you are a head to toe otaku
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
No hardcore Fate/stay night fan would hit the town without a pair of officially licensed sneaker from UBIQ. The shoe maker is coming out with two sets of kicks, inspired by both Saber and Archer. I can't say that I'm a fan of...
Japanese reality photo
Japanese reality

Some misconceptions about Japan


Not everyone dresses VK?
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Two of my favorite Youtube vloggers, Sharla and Rachel have thrown together a cute little video talking about a few misconceptions about Japan that visitors might have. It's worth a whirl, and the comments section of the vid...
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: FLOW


The boys are back
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Naruto Shippuden is winding down, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't expect the finest J-Rock as usual! The 34th ending to the series bring us back to one of the series's favorite bands, FLOW. With two singers and amazi...
Evangelion photo
Evangelion

Evangelion anime cell fetches big bucks


That's a lotta Rei
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
If there's one thing I spend too much money on, it's definitely anime cels. While my collection isn't that big, I'm pretty happy with what I've acquired over my many years of fandom. I usually buy cels that don't feature the ...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


Beach time!
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ai ShinozakiBirthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  You know the drill. When there's a new photoset by our main waifu Ai Shinkozaki, you know I'm going to be all about it. The lovely and talented queen of gravure is back with a jaw dropping visit to the beach, complete with an adorable yukata! Ahhh summer!
WTF photo
WTF

WTF Fridays: Oh deer


Where's Santa?
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
When your squad just wants to chill.
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Maaya Sakamoto


It's almost the weekend
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Closing out these hectic weekdays is a track from the lovely Maaya Sakamoto. The Tokyo native is no stranger to anime music, contributing to huge series like Macross Frontier. She's also an acomplished voice actress, known b...
Japanator Party photo
Let's party hard!
If you happen to be in Chicago this weekend, make sure you swing by Mitsuwa Marketplace at 1PM CST, as Japanator is hosting a cosplay party, in preparation for Japan Day Chicago next month! We are official sponsors of the eve...

Maguro wedding photo
Maguro wedding

Chop the head off a tuna on your wedding day


This dude has some sweet hair
Jun 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
Slicing a wedding cake together is so passé nowadays. Why not be hip and butcher a giant sea creature with your 3D waifu? With hair like this guy, you know there's no way his wedding is going to be less than awesome! ...
Yo-kai Watch photo
This is your warning
This is a fair warning to your wallet in advance now. Yo-kai Watch is on its way, prepare your wallet. The anime and video game phenomena that has swept through Japan and emptied the wallets of many Japanese parents is set t...

Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Kindan no Tasuketsu


Take a breather
Jun 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
I have to tell you, it's been a hell of a week. While there's been a plethora of amazing new songs hitting Japanese charts and new acts coming out of the woodwork, I think we deserve a bit of a relaxing tune. Yes, I have you...
Yakuza play photo
Yakuza play

Yakuza stage play heads to video


Hard looks included
Jun 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
Stage plays and live musicals aren't really my thing. However, seeing the footage of the Yakuza theatre run makes me think I might have been missing out on some serious fun. The show isn't running at this time, but they've c...
Japanese commercials photo
Japanese commercials

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!


The return!
Jun 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
Yes, I know it's been forever since I've shared Japan's finest commercial offerings. Well, fret no more my friends, let's see all that is for sale across the pond! Of course JPCMHD has lovingly collected these in beautiful H...
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: MAN WITH A MISSION X Zebrahead


Getting mad!
Jun 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
This Tuesday we check back in with one of our favorite recent rocks bands out of Japan, Shibuya's MAN WITH A MISSION. This time they team up with the American band Zebrahead, based out of Los Angeles. Their new collaboration...
Attack on Titan photo
Convinced yet?
I'm still not ready to say wether I'm excited for the live action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's ridiculously popular Attack on Titan series yet. The film has a lot going for it, a decent budget and good actors should help m...

Evangelion Day photo
Evangelion Day

It's officially the start of Third Impact


The LCL will flow!
Jun 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
Hardcore Neon Genesis Evangelion fans have been waiting for today for some time. That's right, synchronize watches... Today June 22, 2015 is the day that the events of Evangelion take place. Today is the day you get in the damn robot.
Ultraman X photo
Ultraman X

Ultraman X gets a new trailer


Nice gear
Jun 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm way behind (like decades) on my Tokusatsu selection, but this new Ultraman X trailer is looking pretty good! He's looking like he's got some new gear in his arsenal, and can deliver a pretty sweet side kick. The scene with the ship doesn't look so hot, but who knows.. could be a great romp! The show hits the airways on July 14th, and will be the 41st Ultraman on the lineup!
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Suiyoubi no Campanella


Now that's a demo
Jun 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
The hot new group Suiyoubi no Campanella have been causing quite a stir with their latest track aptly named Suiyoubi no Campanell demo 6. The track was only available at the Hokkaido Tower Records location, and the onli...
Ghost in the Shell photo
Getting hype?
We're only a couple weeks away from the premier of Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, in Japan, so you can expect promotion to be kicking into high gear. If you're still on the fence, you probably might be interested in the ...

Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Charisma.com


Time to quit your day job?
Jun 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Ready for something a little bit different? In preparation for their July major label debut, Charisma.com have launched a video for their latest single, Ostubone Rock. The eclectic track combines J-Pop sensibilities with som...
Sheena Ringo photo
Sheena Ringo

There's a little preview of Shiina Ringo's new song


Even a little is a lot
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Watching commercials doesn't always suck. Especially when they star the lovely Shiina Ringo and feature a tidbit of her upcoming new song! Her upcoming song Kamisama Hotekesama alongside the ZAZEN BOYS!
Persona 4  photo
Persona 4

Such a beary awesome dance move


This game will own you
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
There has been quite a few videos floating around for the upcoming Playstation Vita game, Persona 4: Dancing All Night. All of them have been absolutely adorable, but now that it's Teddie's turn to cut a rug, there's no way I couldn't share my excitement! Please hurry up, I want to dust off my Vita! 
WTF photo
WTF

WTF Fridays: Hot cakes


How many maids does it take?
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
There's no way that isn't burnt, and there's no way this isn't my dream come true.
GITS photo
GITS

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie shows off its new trailer


Oooh action
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
I can't say that I was all that enthralled with Ghost in the Shell Arise. It really felt like we were retreading familiar water, and the sharp deviation from Masamune Shirow's designs were jarring. I'd go as far as saying I ...
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Yun*chi


Do you get me?
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last month we we finally saw the release of Yun*chi's highly anticipated cover EP, Ani*Yun~anime song cover~. Much to many music fans' delight, the electro-pop star has brought some fun new energy to some classics, making th...
Katana photo
Katana

So there's a katana made out of meteorite


The power of the heavens
May 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
There's not much cooler than a traditional forged Japanese katana. That is of course, unless there a katana made out of meteorite iron! Guess what? There is. So yeah, if you happen to be visiting Tokyo Skytree anytime soon, I...

Japanator Interviews: SCANDAL

May 14 // Hiroko Yamamura
SCANDAL interview photo
OMG it's Rina!
As you probably already know, we are huge fans of SCANDAL at the Japanator office. The Osaka based all female band have been tearing up Japan since coming together back in 2006. They've come a far way from their days performi...

Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


SCANDAL rock!
May 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
This week we're not taking the Japanator time machine too far back. We're only taking a seven year trip this time, back to 2008 with SCANDAL's break-out hit Doll. It's amazing to see how much the Osaka ladies have developed ...
Blow off photo
Blow off

AKB48 find out who is the best at blowing


Mmmmm cicada
May 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Oshima Ryoka and Mogi Shinobu of AKB48  faced off during a new episode of AKBINGO! This time, it was their cheeks, lungs and taste for insects that was put to the test! Which gal was better at blowing! Who enjoys the crunch of flying protein?
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Perfume


You need to relax
May 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's Wednesday, which means you probably deserve a chance to relax a bit. What better way to kick your shoes off than with some soothing tunes? This week the ladies of Perfume are back with the charming new number, Relax in ...
WTF photo
WTF

WTF Fridays: It's Gyoza time


Who's got time?
May 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Everybody loves a succulent gyoza, but really... Who has time for all that?
Japanator Live photo
Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Bloodborne final stream


Last boss time!
May 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
  After a few very enjoyable and grueling weeks, I'm finally at end game. Well, as much as Souls games give you end game anyways. I'm at the final boss of the first play through. We're going to kick things off at 11PM ...
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Ai Shinozaki


Ai Love
May 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Yup, you're reading this correctly. This isn't another edition of Idol of the Week! Japanator's favorite all time idol is back with a slick new single, showing off her vocal prowess with the song A-G-A-I-N. I have to admit t...

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