Arama! Japan Podcast

Arama! Japan Podcast

A podcast covering Japanese pop culture, including music, celebrities, video games, dramas, anime, and everything else in between.

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August 18, 2021 138 min

Arama! Japan's review of July 2021, featuring segments on the drama of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (on the ground and in fandom), Suzuki Tatsuhisa cheating on LiSA, and more.

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Arama! Japan's review of June 2021, featuring segments on Utada Hikaru coming out as non-binary, the half year charts, and more.

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June 25, 2021 100 min

Arama! Japan's review of May 2021, featuring segments on Hoshino Gen & Aragaki Yui's marriage, the Japanese music industry's 2020 decline, King & Prince's "Magic Touch", the anti-blackness of idol fans, and more.

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May 28, 2021 104 min

Arama! Japan's review of April 2021, featuring segments on Kondo Masahiko leaving Johnny & Associates, Arata Mackenyu getting COVID-19 on a date, Kiko Mizuhara coming out, the problem with Mukai Taichi, and more.

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April 16, 2021 104 min

Arama! Japan's review of March 2021, featuring segments on the "30 Best JPop Songs of the Past 20 Years" list, Tokyo 2020 Opening Ceremony drama, V6's breakup, AKB's hell week, and more.

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March 21, 2021 108 min

Arama! Japan's review of February 2021, featuring segments on Yuuri using Juice=Juice's Sayuki Takagi for food and shelter,  Tomohisa Yamashita & Jin Akanishi's rocky relationship, Avex acts in "CHUANG 2021", Fujii Kaze being compared to Utada Hikaru, and more.

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February 28, 2021 116 min

Arama! Japan's review of January 2021, featuring segments on Atsuko Maeda & Ryo Katsuji's divorce, Mahoto Watanabe & Yui Imaizumi's marriage and pregnancy, Johnny's Jr. new age limit, fashion / anime collaborations, and more.

WARNING: This episode includes talk of abuse.

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February 17, 2021 84 min

A special Black History Month episode featuring segments on what draws Black people to Japanese music, Black / mixed race Japanese acts, cultural appropriation, Japan's reaction to Black Lives Matter, and more.

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January 18, 2021 133 min

Arama! Japan's review of December 2020, featuring segments on the year end music shows, our Koki Maeda interview, Ren Ozawa's abuse scandal, the disbanding of the Tokyo 2020 ceremonies committees, and more.

WARNING: This episode includes talk of abuse and suicide.

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December 31, 2020 126 min

Arama! Japan's review of 2020, featuring segments on the year end charts, this year's trends, future trends, the impact of COVID-19, our top songs and albums of the year, and more.

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December 16, 2020 123 min

Arama! Japan's review of November 2020, featuring segments on Avex's financial troubles, drama at Johnny & Associates, Koki's underage semi-nude photoshoot, the year end music shows, and more.

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November 27, 2020 88 min

Arama! Japan's review of October 2020, featuring segments on the success of "Demon Slayer", LiSA's related success, VTuber drama, the MTV VMAJ 2020, and more.

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October 28, 2020 97 min

Arama! Japan's review of September 2020, featuring segments on the suicides of Takeuchi Yuko and Tsuno Maisa, Arashi's overseas activities, Yumi Matsutoya's praise of Shinzo Abe, and more.

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October 7, 2020 125 min

The second episode in our female soloists special series, this episode is dedicated to older female soloists! Fave divas such as Ayumi Hamasaki, Utada Hikaru, Seiko Matsuda, and Kudo Shizuka are dicussed in depth, touching on why these women still appeal to fans several decades into their careers. There are also segments on moving on from old faves, the dislike of Aimyon by some JPop fans, and doxxing Kalen Anzai.

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October 1, 2020 102 min

The first episode in our female soloists special series, this episode is dedicated to newer female soloists! Aimyon is featured prominently, but there is also talk of her predecessors, aiko and YUI. All three of these women have a great emphasis on lyrics, which is discussed. Speaking of lyrics, the impact of karaoke is also discussed. The panel also talks about their favorite newer female soloists.

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September 11, 2020 106 min

Arama! Japan's review of August 2020, featuring segments on the success of Yonezu Kenshi's new album, departure rumors at Johnny & Associates, the sexualization of junior idols, international promotion of Japanese acts, why August was the best month for music this year, and more.

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August 23, 2020 105 min

Arama! Japan's review of July 2020, featuring segments on the comeback of Tetsuya Komuro via Nogizaka46 & Ayumi Hamasaki, Kalen Anzai, "Japan Sinks: 2020", the growing number of celebrities with coronavirus, Noda Yojiro's support of eugenics, and more.

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July 20, 2020 87 min

Arama! Japan's review of June 2020, featuring segments on the death of Miura Haruma, NiziU's pre-debut, Tegoshi Yuya leaving NEWS / Johnny & Associates, and Watabe Ken cheating on Sasaki Nozomi, and more.

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June 30, 2020 102 min

A special Pride episode featuring segments on what draws the LGBT community to Japanese music, the role of the LGBT community in international Japanese music fandom, the role of women in the fandom, and acts with LGBT themes in their work.

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June 25, 2020 97 min

Arama! Japan's review of May 2020, featuring segments on the 2019 year end music industry reports, Black Lives Matter and other protests movements in Japan, the death of Hana Kimura, and more.

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