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K-pop music: Orange Caramel and the Japanese market

K-pop music: Orange Caramel and the Japanese market

Michel Lebon and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Orange Caramel certainly fit in well with kawaii culture in Japan and this K-pop group which is a sub-unit from After School continues to grow. BoA and Kan Mi Youn, alongside other talented individuals from South Korea, have international appeal in abundance and Orange Caramel is going in the right direction because each new track is creating a new buzz.

Obviously K-pop groups like After School, Kara, Girls’ Generation (SNSD), BoA, T-ara, and many others, will continue to focus on the Japanese market while remaining in tune with the vibes of South Korea. Therefore, it is nice to see the natural progression of Orange Caramel because they provide a wholesome image and with luck they won’t go down the over-the-top sexual image.  

Raina (Oh Hye Rin), Nana (Im Jin Ah) and Lizzy (Park Soo Young) look natural together and since they formed their image is very different from After School and clearly it is working. Therefore, the track “Shanghai Romance” highlighted a lovely image which was wholesome, cute, stylish and warm.

T-ara is another K-pop group which is showing great promise in Japan and in time both T-ara and Orange Caramel should continue to blossom and of course the same applies to After School. Currently Kara and Girls’ Generation are very popular in Japan and in other nations and T-ara made a big impression when they debuted in Japan.

The delightful BoA will also remind Japan about her rich talents because her new single called “Milestone” which will be released on December 7 is a real gem. Therefore, K-pop is certainly in the driving seat and many Tokyoites and people throughout Japan are hoping that BoA and Orange Caramel will focus even more on the Japanese market.

Orange Caramel can also learn greatly from BoA and Kan Mi Youn because these two stunning ladies hit the heights when they were very young. Today Kan Mi Youn continues to flourish and her last few tracks were full of energy and “Milestone” by BoA is one of her best tracks ever.

It is also important that K-pop groups and soloists show a rich variety and certainly Orange Caramel have their own natural vibe. This will enhance the richness of K-pop in Japan and of course in South Korea where these fantastic ladies come from.

The image of Orange Caramel certainly fits in well with kawaii culture and the energy of Harajuku in Tokyo. Therefore, their fan base will continue to grow and flourish and this will also be a huge benefit for After School.

It will be interesting to see how Orange Caramel develops and hopefully they will stick to their natural, wholesome and cute image alongside catchy tunes. Orange Caramel Orange Caramel Orange Caramel BoA and “Milestone”

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Posted by on November 12, 2011 in ASIA, Japan


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Kanstyle magazine to open up South Korean fashion, K-pop and culture in Japan

Kanstyle magazine to open up South Korean fashion, K-pop and culture in Japan

Olivier LeCourt and Lee Jay Walker

Modern Tokyo Times

Kanstyle magazine is now on the shelves in Japan because of the growing popularity of South Korean culture in the land of the rising sun.  The Seoul based magazine is clearly hoping to make the “hanryu” (Korean wave) even bigger and being based in Seoul it is a major scoop.

The Japanese language magazine which is produced in Seoul will clearly have an edge over rivals who highlight South Korean culture. This applies to being on the ground and while focusing on established names the new Kanstyle magazine promises to unearth hidden gems. Therefore, if you are fascinated about South Korean culture and want to know the latest vibes, talents, and cultural tips to look out for, then Kanstyle will be the right magazine to buy.

The magazine will be bi-monthly and with South Korean dramas being in such high demand and k-pop being so raunchy and stylish, then many avid fans will be waiting avidly for latest tips and to connect with this vibrant culture. 

Modern Tokyo Times highlighted K-pop and commented that South Korean sexuality is being fused within K-pop (Korean pop music) in order to make further inroads into the Japanese market.  This is a sure-fire winner in Japan and a very obvious market ploy. Alongside this traditional route you have catchy tunes and a more mature outlook with pouting looks and sexy outfits to appeal to many fashion conscious youngsters of both sexes in Japan.”


“The South Korean girl group Shoujo Jidai (SNSD – Shojo Jidai) or Girls’ Generation, continue to prosper and grow in Japan because of catchy tunes, easy on the eye dancing, sexy and fashionable clothing and extremely good marketing.  Therefore, Girl’s Generation is showing the pulling power of K-pop. The same applies to Kara and the male group Toho Shinki who were the forerunners of making K-pop so popular despite not being the first K-pop group to hit Japan.”

Of course you have so many other fabulous K-pop groups with raw energy, style, movement, sexuality, and a real buzz about their future direction.  This applies to groups like Sistar, Chocolat, G.NA, Girl’s Day, 2ne1, F (X), T-Ara, Secret, After School, and many more. Also, you have great rap tunes from Bang Yong Guk and underground groups just waiting to be discovered.  Therefore, it is hoped that Kanstyle will enlighten the general public in Japan who are avid listeners of Korean music.

Recent sounds like Syndrome by Chocolat, So Cool by Sistar, and I Remember by Bang Yong Guk, show the vibrancy of music in South Korea.  The track by Bang Yong Guk is powerful rap and the video of I Remember reaches the inner soul.

Kanstyle is about fashion, culture, food and so much more and the cover of the latest issue featured Yoon Sang-hyeon who made a major impact in the hit TV show called “Secret Garden.” 

What promises to be a big winner is that Kanstyle will highlight young and up and coming actors and singers. This will be eagerly awaited alongside mainstream news about the latest vibes coming out of South Korea.

Therefore, if Kanstyle management can get it right this magazine should really make an impact in Japan and help the Korean wave blossom even more. After all, being published in Seoul gives Kanstyle a major edge.

South Korean dramas are widely acclaimed in Japan and K-pop is thriving alongside Korean cuisine. With all the other perfect pieces in the jigsaw then Kanstyle is a welcome magazine because the diversity of South Korean culture is extremely rich.  Magazine Chocolat – Syndrome Bang Yong Guk – I Remember Sistar – So Cool (Gu Ha Ra from Kara)   Girls’ Generation – Mr. Taxi KARA – Honey  Girls’ Generation  KARA  Girl’s Day website  – Article highlighting K-pop by Modern Tokyo Times


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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in ASIA, Japan


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