Thursday, December 22, 2011

Japan's Perfect Holiday Gifts

Panic can subside among indecisive buyers in search for the perfect gift for their loved ones this Christmas season with the many Japanese gift ideas on the market. These gift ideas will undoubtably add a creative and fun flare to the holidays and prove that there is a perfect gift out there for everyone.

Kaela Kimura's new album, Kaela Kimura's, adds a fresh touch to the popular genre of J-Pop and includes seasonally appropriate tracks such as "A Winter Fairy is Melting a Snowman". This album is the perfect gift for the holiday season and includes enough variety that the whole family can find tracks in it they love.

For those buying for a lover of fashion and trends, Moo Piyasombatkul's new unusual eyewear would be a great buy. These recycled, ionic frames with hand-sculpted baroque decorations are a vintage trend in Tokyo. Although they are rather pricey, each frame is very unique.

For technology fanatics, the Ningen Gakki is hot this season. It is great for both adults and kids, turning players into instruments, literally. It makes an electric circuit through the person holding it and the players tap it on each other's skin to make musical sounds.

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Below hear a sample of Kaela Kimura's new album 8Eight8:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wondergirls "Be My Baby" [VIDEO]

On November 20th, MBC aired the "Beautiful Concert" where Wonder Girls' Sunye and Yeeun sang "When You Believe,"a duet by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. The girls impressed their audience with their amazing vocals and ability to hit the high-pitched tones that Mariah Carey was well-known for. Wonder Girls' fans, also known as Wonderfuls, may recognize this song as Yeeun's audition song that enabled her to be able to pass the JYP final auditions.

This heartwarming performance captured the audience, which is apparent to viewers when watching the broadcasted performance, and allowed the girls to show off the English the girls had been able to learn in their time away from their home country.

The Wonder Girls also performed their new track "Be My Baby" 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Lim Yoon-taek of Superstar K inspires Us [VIDEO]

Superstar K, the South Korean equivalent of "American Idol", is now in its third season and it is battling for much more than just the best singer. 

Lim Yoon-taek, the 32-year-old leader of the group Ulala Session, stunned judges and viewers with his response to the question of why his hair was so short. He revealed that he was fighting stage four stomach cancer

His stomach and duodenum had been removed in June. His struggles, as well as his determination, have captured the sympathy and admiration of the nation, where celebrities typically conceal their illnesses.

Since July, Lim has lost fifteen pounds, as well as his eyebrows and hair. He was unable to attend a rehearsal for a show a few weeks ago. Despite these set backs, Lim is more determined than ever. "Western Sky", a song from a film starring an actress who later died of stomach cancer, became the most downloaded song on Naver, the Korean equivalent of Google, after the group had chosen it for their song to perform for one of the shows. The first place prize is 500 million won, ($450,000), and the group has said if they win they will use some of the money to record an album but the rest will go to pay Lim's medical costs.