Justin’s J-Pop Jukebox #6

恋愛 WARS by Bitter & Sweet


The Artist: Bitter & Sweet are a duo made up of Asahi Tasaki (left) and Moemi Hasegawa (right). Individually, they won the Forest Award NEW FACE Audition (in 2012 and 2013, respectively). They were paired up at the end of 2013, after Tasaka had a brief solo career; she’s also an accomplished pianist. Continue reading

Cool Shirt Tuesday #5

Open Your Mind
Designed By: Fuacka 
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Total Recall is one of my all-time favorite movies. Do I have to mention I’m referring to the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger original? I hope not. It wasn’t just a funny action movie; it also had a great cast and a mind-fuck plot. Continue reading

Justin’s J-Pop Jukebox #5



The Artist: BABYMETAL took the world by storm early last year. I’m going to assume Gimme Chocolate is a big enough hit that you’ve already heard it a few dozen times. The group expertly blends metal music with idol music – two of my favorite genres, of course. It only took one listen for me to buy the entire album and fall in love with BABYMETAL. There are some metal purists that disagree, and they can sit upon their spiky, wrought-iron thrones. Continue reading

Cool Shirt Tuesday #4

He Knows Nothing
Designed By: CatchABrick


Did you see the Game of Thrones season 5 finale Sunday night? Holy crap! Don’t worry if you haven’t; I won’t spoil anything. This season has received an inordinate amount of hate. Maybe it’s from people who read the books and are now almost as in-the-dark as the rest of us. Maybe it’s from people who forget that storytelling – especially in a world like Westeros – has a lot of crap hitting a lot of fans to the point that very few people don’t get shit-faced. I’ve personally been as enthralled with this season as any before, even though a couple scenes were uncomfortable. Continue reading

Justin’s J-Pop Jukebox #4

Gomen ne by Country Girls


The Artist: Country Girls is a new group under the Hello! Project banner (see also Morning Musume, ANGERME). It resurrects the spirit of Country Musume, while recruiting popular Berryz Koubou member Momoko Tsugunaga (Momochi) as an active member/mentor. Continue reading