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Japan Craze for Bruno Mars

It is undeniable, Japanese culture had full support on the western music industry. Right from the time when Hank Williams’ song was played on the radio during the world war and up until now, Japan love music and they also love Bruno Mars.

Bruno Mars had wowed his Japanese fans on his Locked Out of Heaven tour in the land of the rising sun. The exact venue was at Ebisu the Garden Hall, Tokyo Japan last January 26, 2013. The tour was ranked 23rd among the Top 25 Tours of 2013 and was being able to sell out 44 shows in 48. Also in 2013, he played 84 shows giving him a total of 72.4 million dollars engrossment.
The set list for Bruno Mars Live in Japan was as follows;

• Moonshine
• Natalie
• Treasure
• Show Me
• Money (That’s What I Want)
(Barrett Strong cover)
• Billionaire
(Travie McCoy cover)
• Marry You
• If I Knew / It Will Rain
• Runaway Baby
• When I Was Your Man
• Grenade
Encore
• Locked Out of Heaven
• Just the Way You Are

(For more about Bruno Mars 2013 Tour dates, visit http://www.musotickets.com/bruno-mars-concert-tickets-tour-dates/)

But the Japanese craze for Bruno Mars didn’t end there. BRUNO MARS has in fact announced plans to continue on his worldwide arena trek for his album THE MOONSHINE JUNGLE TOUR of 2014. After 10 tours in Australia and New Zealand, the concert tour will continue on to Asia and also Mexico. List of the tour schedule;

March 2 – Adelaide Entertainment Centre  Adelaide Australia
4 – Rod Laver Arena                                          Melbourne Australia
5 – Rod Laver Arena                                          Melbourne Australia
7 – Brisbane Entertainment Centre                       Brisbane Australia
8 – Sydney Entertainment Centre                         Sydney Australia
10 – Allphones Arena                                          Sydney Australia
11 – Allphones Arena                                          Sydney Australia
15 – Vector Arena                                              Auckland New Zealand
16 – Vector Arena                                              Auckland New Zealand
20 – Impact Arena                                              Bangkok, Thailand
22 – (MOA)Mall of Asia Arena                              Pasay City Philippines
24 – MEIS Ancol                                     Jakarta Indonesia
26 – Singapore Indoor Stadium                            Singapore
29 – Asia World Arena                                        Hong Kong China
30 – Asia World Arena                                        Hong Kong China
April 1 – Taipei World Trade Center                     Taipei City Taiwan
8 – Gymnastic Gymnasium                                  Seoul South Korea
10 – Municipal Central Gymnasium                       Osaka Japan
12 – Tokyo Messe                                              Tokyo Japan
13 – Tokyo Messe                                              Tokyo Japan
Sept 2 – Arena Ciudad de Mexico             Mexico City Mexico
5 – Arena Monterrey                                           Monterrey Mexico

My Love for Japanese Culture

cultureBeing a married woman with kids, I usually spend a whole lot of my time taking care of the children as well as making sure that my husband is well loved. However, during my “me” time, I constantly spend it indulging on one of my favorite pastimes, reading and learning about the Japanese culture.

These days, almost everything that comes from Japan captures the attention and even the hearts of many. From the super high tech gadgets that allows us to play the latest action packed video games to the super cool anime books and shows, a lot of people (including myself) have been hooked on the Japanese culture fever.

Aside from the Japanese’s love for high technology and anime, what I love about the Japanese culture is their politeness and friendliness towards people. Not that I think the people where I live are not friendly. It is just that their level of politeness has a certain air of nobility and utter respect to it. People these days have become a bit jaded and tend not to respect each other much as well as keep to themselves. In Japan, people bow to show their respect for one another. This act is something that I truly admire with the Japanese people. They have progressed, technologically speaking, and yet they still adhere to their traditions.

Another thing that I absolutely love about the Japanese is their love for food and music. In Japan, everywhere you turn to there is a food stall or some sort of high tech looking vending machine which offers from regular sodas to unusual looking sweet snacks. In the field of music on the other hand, the Japanese are rich with musical gifts with their performing artists coming from different genres. They are open to all types of music even that of American country singers known as Florida Georgia. Japanese people living in America surprisingly have access to Florida Georgia Line Concert 2015. The culture of watching these show has rubbed off to most Japanese everywhere in the world. You might be surprised to know but Japanese stagecraft has strong influence on the concert set up of Florida Georgia. The use of lighting effects in concert venues is one of the influences of Japan’s music front to American way of life.

Blake Shelton Teams Up With Shakira

the-voicePeople who watch the TV reality show ‘The Voice’ know that stiff competition exists between Shakira and Blake Shelton. Both are judges on the 4-judge singing competition show who fight over the best contestants they’d want to put on their team. It’s fun to watch each of the four judges, them, and Usher and Adam Levine for this latest season; each saying everything that can be said in order to sell themselves to the contestants.

In her public appearances, specifically on TV shows, Shakira makes mention of the ongoing battle between the two of them, saying that she is bent on winning over Blake.  She even boldly says that she may have the uppar hand, making reference to Miranda Lambert, Shelton’s wife. Shakira reveals that they work together to find the winning voice on the show. She calls Miranda her little ‘spy’ in Shelton’s headquarters, and her secret weapon’.  Well, it may not just be 3 against one for Blake Shelton on ‘The Voice’, it may very well be 4 against one, with ‘one’ being at his own homebase!

Anyway, competition may be stiff when it comes to being judges on the show, in the studio however, there was no competitiveness whatsoever. The two recently collaborated on a song Shakira created. It’s a country song entitled ‘Medicine’, and it’s very country style. Shakira says it’s not that new for her since her past singles all have hints and tastes of country in it, the acoustic guitar touches, and the narratives that are so descriptive of traditional country style of music.

‘Medicine’ had Shakira teaming up with Nashville writers to produce the song that she had in her mind and heart. She had eight versions of the track but ultimately chose the country music rendition.  Shakira tells Jimmy Fallon on the show that she chose the duet to be with Blake Shelton because of his great voice, Shakira calls it a ‘manly voice’. Shakira is all praises for Blake’s singing voice.

‘Medicine’ is in her current self-titled album, catch it in stores from March 25; and catch Blake Shelton live in concert. See blake shelton concerts for more info.

Imagine Dragons Gaining Popularity

Imagine_DragonsImagine Dragons is really fast becoming a crowd favorite, the fan base is on a steady rise. A recent survey reveals that it is one of the moth popular bands in Plymouth and across UK cities and towns.  Spotify’s compiled list includes the band on its TOP 10 most streamed music artists (UK) in 2013. The Plymouth listers (in order) are: Bastille, Imagine Dragons, Arctic Monkeys, Avicii, Ben Howard, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Calvin Harris, Eminem, Passenger, and Ellie Goulding.

Imagine Dragons seem to know how to pack a crowd and have people leaving satisfied. Attendees really dig concert performances. Music lovers who haven’t had a chance to see them perform should go and see them for personal experience, check imagine dragons concert dates here.

Imagine Dragons show mastery in their craft, they perform flawlessly. The band rose in popularity for its appealing ‘new breed’ style of music, of which Kurt Cobain calls such as ‘radio-friendly unit shifters’. The group is ambitious, highly risk takers willing to explore and try out new things. They are unafraid to test the waters. The band’s 2012 album, ‘Night Visions’ (debut album) show that. They took a risk with the public and it paid off, the music appealed to the masses.

Some critics are wondering about their staying power though, it seems they have been so fast-tracked to the top of the list that some are thinking that just like any fad, the fickle public might soon be done with them; but just checking them out at concerts may very well dismiss doubts about the band.

On stage and in the industry, Imagine Dragons is a proven crowd-pleaser. People see the sincerity and eagerness in the performances to just downright please people who come to see band members perform. In venues, they cannot be doubted about their ability to pack large rooms. Imagine Dragons has come out with top hits, some of which are: “It’s Time”, “On Top of the World”, and the highly popular rendition of “Radioactive”.

Fans are clamoring for more original material though. The band is good with covers, excellent actually; but many are hoping for more original song releases.

Katy Perry – Live in Concert!

Katy_PerryKaty Perry surged onto the American music scene in 2008 with the release of the hit single, “I Kissed a Girl” and immediately followed by her second hit album “One of the Boys”.

Watching Katy Perry live will make you experience how she exceedingly relates to her audience through her brand of music. In 2006, Katy Perry almost gave up on her dream of making it big in Hollywood. After two hit albums, she practically owns all of Hollywood. Katy Perry is a pop singer known for flaunting her feminine side with super long eyelashes, burning cherry lips, playful, revealing an outrageous outfits. Her path to fame, though, has been as bumpy as it could get.

At the September 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Katy Perry did the closing number singing “Roar” in a spectacular performance under the Brooklyn Bridge. In November 2013, she opened the American Music Awards of 2013 singing “Unconditionally,” in a Geisha-inspired number which was criticized as being racist.

Although her first album, “Katy Hudson” was within the gospel genre, Katy Perry’s music often contains elements of rock, pop, disco, electronic and dance.

Katy Perry has received eleven Grammy Award nominations.  She is the only recording artist to remain in the top 10 of the Hot 100 for 69 consecutive weeks. She has so far sold 8 million singles and 11 million albums worldwide. She also holds the record for having five of her single, reaching the 5-time platinum mark in the United States.

Every Katy Perry live performance is something to look forward to because you can never expect what she can be up to. Fans also look forward to the costumes she will wear. Katy Perry often starts a live concert with the stage all dark with only the lone sound of a drum hinting the arrival of a great concert artist. Katy’s signature move and her sideboob comes to light and the explosion begins.

Katy Perry is not only adored for her music, but also for her “assets”, reason why she is often referred to as a sex symbol. Her boobs have been getting as much worldwide attention as her music (http://www.katyperryzone.com/katy-perry-boobs-appreciation/).

World of Cosplay: Best Cosplay Costumes that will Surely Standout

kuchiki_rukia_and_kurosaki_ichigo_cosplay___bleach_by_sailormappy-d5s47hoWhile there are people who think that cosplay is one excellent way of expressing one’s self, for others, it is a crazy and odd idea. Cosplay has its fair share of fans and detractors. Nevertheless, even though other people ridicule cosplay, more and more are encouraged to engage in this activity

For the benefit of those who don’t understand the world of cosplay, cosplay is the shortened version of “Costume Play.” It is considered as a form of performance art whereby the participants wear or use costumes, as well as the necessary accessories, to signify a certain character or idea. Among the favorite sources of ideas of cosplayers are anime, manga, video games, comic books, as well as films.

Primarily, cosplay is rampant among Asian countries, particularly in Japan. However, because of its popularity, there are also Western people who are hooked with cosplay. As a matter of fact, there are even competitions for cosplayers, like the prestigious World Cosplay Summit. Other well-known cosplay events are Anime Expo, Anime North, New York Comic Con, and San Diego Comic Con.

Those who are yearning to become excellent cosplayers should check out the best characters that are listed below. Whether they’ll attend a convention or join a competition, there’s no doubt that the characters below can grab the attention of both judges and fellow cosplayers.

1. Joker in Batman: The Dark Knight

Thanks to the late Heath Ledger, the character of Joker in Batman The Dark Knight has become more popular. The fact that Mr. Ledger played the character so well inspired a lot of cosplayers to try it as well. However, only few can pull off this character. To play this character with conviction, excellent make up and acting skills are required. Use this character and gain so much attention.

2. Bayonetta

This character features a playful personality. With amazing clothing and portrayed emotion, female cosplayers can surely pull this character off.

3. Iron Man

Many people think that it’s difficult to recreate the Iron Man suit, especially if it is for a cosplay, since it is very detailed. However, if Masterle247 was able to do it, then there’s no doubt that other cosplayers can do it as well.

4. The Rocket Team from Pokemon

All cosplayers know Pokemon. As a matter of fact, this Japanese-inspired cartoon is among the favorite sources of ideas of cosplayers. Mimicking the Team Rocket from this hit Japanese cartoon show is perfect for beginner cosplayers.

5. V for Vendetta

Some people think that mimicking the famous V for Vendetta character is as simple as wearing a mask. What they don’t realize is that the mask needs to look exactly as the one that is in the movie. Also, the character must also be accompanied with the right suit, accessories, and with conviction. Therefore, those cosplayers who want to portray this character should study the movie carefully.

6. Mystique- X Men First Class

Many X Men enthusiast would certainly agree that the character of Mystique is absolutely astonishing and very feminine. Using this character in a cosplay convention is definitely a great idea. It can surely make head turners, since it boasts luscious curves and very strong personality.

People have different views about the world of cosplay. Whether cosplay is used as a form of hobby or escape goat, the fact remains that its artistry is undeniably impeccable.

The Dos and Don’ts in Cosplay

1. Aspiring cosplayers should portray characters that they enjoy or relate to.

2. Aside from studying the costume, it is also important for cosplayers to study their preferred character’s mannerisms. They have to pay attention to the way the character portrays himself.

3. Cosplayers must also make 3 striking poses. They should create poses that can truly express and uplift the character.

4. When creating costumes, beginner cosplayers should at least have a reference image of all the desired costume’s angles. In case they can’t find images of some of the angles, then they should utilize their good judgment of how the other angles should look like. Cosplayers can add other designs in their costume. However, they have to make sure that the costume will look close with their preferred character’s costume.

5. Accepting criticisms is one great way of improving the costume and the makeup. Cosplayers should always have a room for improvement. As a matter of fact, even those who have been cosplaying for several years are open for criticisms.

6. Don’t treat cosplay as a means of source of income. Cosplay is known as a fun and interesting hobby. Therefore, even though they join cosplay competitions, cosplayers don’t forget to have fun.

7. It’s a no-no in cosplay to treat other cosplayers with not too appealing costumes inferiorly. Take note; cosplayers are equal.

8. This tip also has something to do with the “Cosplay Principle: Equal”. Cosplayers should not think that they’re the best in cosplaying their preferred character. In short, they should not feel superior to the other cosplayers. There are a lot of cosplayers that portray the same character.

These are just portions of the long list of cosplaying tips. These may look simple but they’re indeed good Cosplay principles.

Basically, Cosplay is a valise of the words costume and play. This term was coined by the famous Nobuyuki Takahashi from Studio Hard- a Japanese studio, while he was in the World Science Fiction Convention or the famous Worldcon in Los Angeles, California in 1983. Takahashi was so astonished by the hall, as well as with the costumed fans. Soon, he reported about what he discovered in a variety of Japanese magazines about science fiction. And there goes the birth of Cosplay…

More and more people are entering the world of Cosplay, particularly those who are fascinated with manga, animated shows, films and comic books. Just like in other aspects, beginner cosplayers certainly need myriad of advices to ensure their success in the world of Cosplay and to ensure that they’ll pull off every character that they’ll mimic.

Getting to Know Anime

In the past two decades, the world outside of Japan has slowly become acquainted with anime, a new art form in the field of animation. Most dictionaries will define anime as a Japanese style of animation characterized by rich graphics, richly textured characters and complex themes. Getting to know anime is like being introduced to a new world where perspective, themes, and characters.

A Different Twist to Animation

Several characteristics distinguish anime design from other types of animation. The most noticeable among these characteristics is the way in most stories, eyes are exaggerated so that they are the most dominant feature of the person being portrayed. Some say that this is partly because one of the prime creators of anime, Osamu Tezuka, was highly influenced by Betty Boop and similar characters who had extremely large eyes. It is through these exaggerated eyes that the characters in anime express every conceivable emotion.

Anime characters are often depicted with unique and lively hair, and it is not uncommon for the hair to enhance the over-all action of the characters. Hairs are tousled, or standing on end, or drenched in sweat to emphasize emotions and to create strong visual impact.

A Community of Anime Fans

Anime has become a fascinating art form for many, and there is now a strong community of anime fans in many places outside of Japan. In the1990s there was an anime boom during which gave rise to anime clubs, anime conventions, and contests. There are all sorts of anime art pieces, and all the other things that fans come up with.

A Peek into Anime Productions

A brief at look at some popular anime productions will show how anime plots flow.

  • Watamote. This anime revolves around Tomoko, a person who suffers from social anxiety. As this young girl struggles to relate to her high school peers, she fumbles instead and often finds herself more isolated than ever. The show is packaged as a comedy, and yet what it actually does is show very clearly how much of a torture it is for a young girl to be unable to fit into society.
  • From the New World. The setting for the anime is a post-apocalyptic world where people have psychic powers and face dilemmas with haunting moral implications. The story is centered on five children who discover how their world became what it was.
  • Full Metal Alchemist. This is about an alchemist who, to avoid losing his brother, attached his brother’s spirit onto an armor. The alchemist and his brother then go on a journey to find the Philosopher’s Stone – the object that will strengthen the alchemists’ powers and help solve the world’s problems.
  • Gintama. This anime revolves around the life of a samurai trying to survive in a world where his enemies are not ordinary bandits but aliens and monsters. The hero, Gintoki Sakata, goes through countless adventures as a freelancer, and he suffers through various trials and a lot of humiliation in a world that no longer has samurai.

The world of anime is truly mesmerizing, and it utilizes animation to deal with themes not usually discussed in most animated productions. Anime provides an intriguing angle to what used to be simple cartoons, and as a result there are people now who now regard anime as something similar to soap operas.