Thursday, October 20, 2011

Attention Mount Fuji admirers-- Big News!

Commissioner Seiichi Kondo of Japan's Cultural Affairs has announced that Mt. Fuji, a mountain in Japan, is to be registered in the World's Heritage for 2013. Mt. Fuji is Japan's highest mountain standing at 3,776.24 meters. In addition to it's height, Mt. Fuji also attracts attention for it's exceptional symmetry. The mountain is located about 100 kilometers southwest of Tokyo and has been a famous site for tourists and mountain climbers. Mt. Fuji not only makes for a fun and exhilarating place to climb, but also has a spectacular view. Five lakes are scattered across the mountain in addition to many Shinto temples located on the slopes. Japan's desire for this mountain to become a world heritage site is to promote beauty and history of the inspiring Mt. Fuji. 

The registration will be submitted to the U.N. Educational, Science, and Cultural Organization for approval. The government of Japan remains hopeful that their request will be successfully granted in order to designate Mt. Fuji as a World Heritage Site

The name of our series the Fujimini Adventure Series was inspired by this wonderful landmark.

Learn more about the Award-winning Fujimini Island Adventure Series.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

K-Pop Star Rain Joins South Korean Army, Learn more about K-Pop

Korean popular music, also known as K-pop, is a musical genre that is made up of electropop, hip hop, pop, rock, and R&B music all originating in South Korea.  What started with the debut of the musical group Seo Tai-ji & Boys in the early 1990s, who incorporated elements of rap and techno into their music, led to the outbreak of many hip hop duos including Deux, Shinhwa, and Sechs Kies. 
Eventually, the increase in the popularity of this genre led to the opening of South Korea's largest talent agency, S.M. Entertainment. S.M Entertainment was founded by Korean entrepreneur Lee Soo Man in 1995. This agency publicized the first K-Pop girl groups and boy bands and inspired the founding of other talent agencies such as YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment. These talent agencies produced talent as rapidly as the public could consume it. In recent years, K-Pop has become very popular in Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. 
In addition to music, K-Pop has grown into a subculture among teenagers around the world. It is a representation of fashion and style for people who listen to and idolize the Korean groups and singers. 
Through Facebook fan pages, Itunes, Twitter, and Youtube the genre of K-Pop has continued to grow and flourish among people worldwide. 
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Kyary pamyu pamyu: ponponpon

Popular culture, often referred to as pop culture, has been widespread in Western culture since the early to mid 20th century. Pop culture can be defined as the ideas, perceptions, and even media within a certain culture.

Pop culture emerged globally in the late 20th and early 21st century and it is everywhere. It has become especially widespread in Japan. The movement of pop culture has continued to rise since the 1980s and 90s, becoming one of the most sought after sources of entertainment alongside the United States. Japanese Pop Culture consists of film, television, pop music, and manga that is enjoyed worldwide. In Japan, pop culture is seen as an escape from the stress of life and work. More than 90% of Japanese men and women admit to spending at least 2 hours a day watching television. The manga industry is the largest comic industry in the world. Manga is loved and read by people of all ages and dozens of publications are released regularly. Japanese anime and arcade games have been the influences of companies including Nintendo and Sony.  JPop is another huge force in Japan.

Kyary pamyu pamyu started singing to cheer people up after the earthquake and tsunami. She comes from the very fashionable harajuku district. The song is called ponponpon.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fujimini Island celebrates PRC National Day

When you think of the month of October, we think of autumn leaves falling and Halloween. But October is a very important month in China and for Chinese people around the world. 

The People's Republic of China's National Day was first celebrated in Tian'anmen Square on October 1, 1949. 300,000 people watched eagerly as the first People's Republic of China five-star flag was waved. 

In the past this day was celebrated with large political gatherings and speeches, parades, and banquets. This holiday is still very much alive and rejoiced today. As the economy has developed, a new way of celebrating has as well. 

Today, celebration of the national holiday lasts up to seven days. During this week, called a Golden Week, the people of China get time off from school and work. Many Chinese use this time for domestic and international travel. As this is such a popular week for travel, international flights fill up quickly and must be booked far in advanced. Fares almost triple during this time!