March 08


What Are We Trying To Say Here? Pop Star?


Arashi’s new album cover : depths of humiliation only rivaled by dogs being forced to dress as Princess Leia

Is there no end to the indignity Japanese idols must suffer? I mean seriously – can you imagine someone saying to Nirvana, “Hey, for your next release, we think it’d be a great idea if you wore these mutant popcorn head masks?”

Read a novel set in Tokyo

In the wake of a deadly earthquake, fans erupt in a frenzy of mourning when it’s discovered that their favorite pop star is among the dead. But when Detective Kenji Nakamura is sent to investigate a death at a local shrine, he finds evidence that suggests the impossible: How could the head priest have been murdered by…read more