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Soon, Japanese kids will be learning about virtual idol Hatsune Miku in their school textbooks

Vocaloid pioneer to be featured in high school music text going into use next year.

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Japanese idol group’s CD-purchase rewards include overnight hot spring stay with favorite singer

Fans will need to part with two million yen (US$18,181) to earn the weekend getaway.

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Introducing Akita Prefecture’s new moe mascot character, the adorable Sui Kizakura!

A city in northern Japan unveils its new moe character whose three-pronged mission is “moe x rap x town revitalization.” Yep, rap is included.

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Wagakki Band release music video for “Valkyrie”, opening song for Twin Star Exorcists anime

It’s on the short side, so you’ll just want to keep hitting replay!

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Meet Pikarin, the 20,000-year-old blood-stained idol from hell【Video】

Up-and-coming idol Shina Pikarin is making a bloody splash among teens in Japan with her occasional death-metal vocals and up-tempo pop beats.

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Watch over 20 drones dance in unison with a trio of shamisen players in front of Fuji【Video】

Synchronized blinking drones, Mt. Fuji, and tsugaru-jamisen make for one of the most gorgeous videos we’ve ever seen!

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Kingdom Hearts orchestral world tour announced, will perform video games’ music in six countries

Grab your tickets and your keyblades, because two Kingdom Hearts concert series are coming with a total of 15 performances in six countries.

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Babymetal becomes the newest alternate character for Nintendo’s Super Mario Maker 【Video】

Barrier-smashing metal group teams up with revolutionary video game.

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Three tips to be a better karaoke singer, from a professional singer-songwriter

Drop your books and grab the mic, because it’s time for a lesson in how to up your karaoke game.

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Up the ukiyoe with this Iron Maiden woodblock print featuring Eddie as a hellish courtesan

Forget running for the hills, we’re running to buy one of these amazing prints!

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to perform at J-Pop Summit Festival’s opening concert in San Francisco

Opening concert to be held on July 22, event runs from July 22-24.

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Gotta sing ’em all: Devoted Pokémon fan makes personalized songs for 100 different Pokémon

Listen to the ballad for Bulbasaur, the ode to Eevee, and many, many more.

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Giant robot takes the stage at Nana Mizuki’s Tokyo Dome concerts

Nana Mizuki welcomed an extra-large guest on to the stage during her two-day concert at the Tokyo Dome.

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New Sputniko! music video presents modern take on traditional myth, inspired by real life science

Unrequited love? This scientist may have found a solution!

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Finally! A music video portrait orientation, perfect for the smartphone age【Video】

This clever little video makes it seem like they’ve hacked your iPhone.

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Babymetal makes US television debut performing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert【Video】

“I’m not sure what I’m about to see…but I’m pretty excited about it!”

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Babymetal’s new album, Metal Resistance, is out now and it’s awesome

Not that you needed anyone to tell you, but…

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Want your songs available at karaoke all across Japan? There’s a way, and it’s absolutely free

Web-based distribution service is easy to use and won’t cost you a thing.

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Love at first song? Turn any anime or movie scene into a romantic moment with this track!

If life were like a movie, then it’d have to have a soundtrack, and Japanese net users have found a song that turns any encounter into one of blossoming love.

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Korean girls group channels inner Sailor Senshi for the perfect moon-powered photo

They’re definitely working the moon prism power.

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