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Utada's new CD available in T.O. Oct. 28th, 2004 @ 09:37 pm
If anybody is interested, I noticed Utada's American debut album (well, the Japanese version of it - go figure) in Chinatown today. No, I never thought to look at the name of the store, that would make too much sense, but if your interested it's on Dundas, a short distance east of Spadina. As well, since it's the Japanese version it's probabaly twice the price. But it is a legal version.

Intro Oct. 24th, 2004 @ 08:03 am
Good morning everyone! I've been a member of this community for a while but I haven't introduced myself... Hi, I'm Kim lol. The jpop singers that I like are Utada Hikaru, Ayumi Hamasaki, Maaya Sakamoto, Megumi Hayashibara, Mai Kuraki... ya, that's about it ^_^;. Feel free to give me recommendations because I'm sure I'm really missing out on other great artists out there. Thank-you!
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Current Music: What You Waiting For _ Gwen Stefani

No Utada in Canada? Oct. 6th, 2004 @ 12:18 am
Well I went to a bunch of record stores today to get Utada's debut album "Exodus." While I am not terribly dissapointed that I didn't find it, it was kind of odd. I guess it was only a U.S. release. Maybe it will never be released in Canada. I wanted to give it an objective listen for journalistic purposes at least.
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Japan for Sale 4 Sep. 26th, 2004 @ 07:51 pm
Thought this may be some news of interest for the folks of this community. Tofu Records recently announced the fourth incarnation in their Japan for Sale compilation series. These CD's seem more and more like a good idea, since they are a legitimate medium for new J-pop fans to discover new artists. Expect it in stores and online October 5th. If you are unaware, you can find Tofu Records releases at AnimeXtreme at 315 Spadina in Chinatown. yay

From Tofu Records

Japan for Sale 4 is simply the best introduction to current popular Japanese music. With three prior volumes having introduced thousands of people to modern cotemporary Japanese music, Japan For Sale Vol. 4 continues this successful series tradition.

This volume features a broad sampling of popular music like the awesome power of L'Arc~en~Ciel and Guitar Wolf, the retro-technico feel of POLYSICS, sultry songs by Aiha Higurashi to the masterful creations of DJ KRUSH and the Boom Boom Satellites.

Several of these bands have already had great success in the US through individual albums and featured compilations. L'arc~en~Ciel recently played to 12,000 fans in Baltimore. DJ KRUSH tracks are regularly spun at dance clubs everywhere and will be touring the US fall 2004. Guitar Wolf and POLYSICS have toured the US several times and are college radio favorites.

Developing artists ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, SUPERCAR and kokeshi Doll are featured often on College and Commercial radio specialty shows.

Japan For Sale 4 is packaged in an ultra cool digi-pack featuring the popular cult icon Tofu Oyako from the super creative Devil Robots team and with liner notes by Eric Nakamura one of the creators of Giant Robot Magazine
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Sep. 25th, 2004 @ 09:26 pm
Cheers, I'm new, and in Ottawa, which is close to Toronto (not really, but yeah...).

I used to listen to J-pop "a lot" (or as much as a Nova Scotian redneck can listen to J-pop) but have since drifted away.

Can anybody suggest anything current to me?
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Hi! I'm from Buffalo, NY but I frequent Toronto quite a bit. I've been listening to Jpop for some time now, and I'm som excited to see some of the japanese artists crossing the ocean. I flew out to Ca for the Pacific Media Expo in May and saw TM Revolution and Nami Tamaki in concert, and got their autographs. It was an incredible experience, and I hope they start bringing stars to this side soon.

Currently I'm listening to alot of Tommy February6/Tommy Heavenly6, TM Revolution, Nami Tamaki, Gackt, L'arc-en-ciel, ZONE, Mika Nakashima, and Ayaka Hirahara. Luckily I get the international channel and can watch hey! hey! hey!

Anyways, just thought I'd say Hi. I'd really love to see Toronto gets some jpop stars soon!
» Welcome All!
I have notice that there are a few new folks hanging around. Feel free to make any comments about what you're listening to right now, what you're looking forward to, etc.

Once mission of mine, is to bring Japanese music performances to Toronto. As well, I promote North American performance at momascene*.

So, one thing I'd like to know from you, is what artists would you like to see come to Toronto. Given the popularity of such perforances in the U.S. I think that most major artists are fair game, especially those from SonyMusic Japan.

There's an interesting indie label called Benten (Sister Records), that has shown interest in Toronto (and Canada in general). They have some alternative girl pop, that has proven to be a great live show, and and seen a lot of success.
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I am new here, I am gald to find a community like this one!!! I think this is a great idea!! lets me active and talk about Jpop and Jpop related things!!!

I know for a fact you can buy Jpop and Jrock at Kikiwai in China town mall. But I for one like to shop at Pacific Mall in markham.

 Amuro Namie!


» Welcome!
Welcome to the new adventure called jpopto. My hope is to reinforce and expand the J-pop subculture in the city. So, if you're in TO and enjoy Japanese music and pop-culture, certainly join us.
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