The Resurgence of the 1980s J-POP Genre – Japanese City Pop The 1980 Japanese musical genre known as “City Pop” had been slowly enjoying a resurgence in recent years. However, late last year, a YouTube recommendation algorithm started serving up 1984’s “Plastic Love” by Mariya Takeuchi to its listeners. The irrepressible song went viral and … Read More >>

Learn Japanese through Manga

When you think about Japan, what comes to your mind? Sushi, samurai, geisha, bullet train, perhaps manga and anime? Manga (マンガ) are comic books and graphic novels created in Japan or in the Japanese language. Anime (アニメ) are animated cartoons and are often based on manga. Japanese manga and anime culture appeal to people both in … Read More >>