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801-chan is a small, green furry monster and a manifestation of obsession with Yaoi in the Japanese four-panel Internet manga written and illustrated by Ajiko Kojima. It centers on the relationship between a male otaku named Tibet and his yaoi-obsessed fujoshi girlfriend Yaoi.
Abe no Seimei
Abe no Seimei was an onmyōji, a leading specialist of onmyōdō during the middle of the Heian period in Japan. In addition to his prominence in history, he is a legendary figure in Japanese folklore and has been portrayed in a number of stories and films.
Shinzō Abe is a Japanese politician who has been serving as the Prime Minister of Japan since 2012.
AKB48, or AKB48 sister groups, shortened to 48 Group, 48g, refers to the sister groups of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48. Based on the same concept "idols you can meet", it currently consists of 5 sister groups in locations across Japan and 7 sister groups in major Asian cities overseas from Indonesia to India.
Amamiya Karin is a Japanese Japanese writer, social activist and novelist. Her recent work has addressed the issues of insecurity and the hardship affecting the material and psychological welfare of Japanese workers.
Anonymous refers to the distributed network of users, fans and activists who engage in a coordinated manner to remix, share and distribute content.
Arashi (lit. Storm) is a Japanese boy band consisting of five members formed under the Johnny & Associates talent agency.
Rei Ayanami is a fictional character from the Japanese media franchise "Neon Genesis Evangelion" created by Gainax. She is the First Child (First Children in the Japanese version) and pilot of the Evangelion Unit 00.
Babymetal is a Japanese kawaii metal band. Kawaii metal (also known as idol metal, cute metal, or kawaiicore) combines the instrumentation found in various types of heavy metal music with J-pop melodies and a Japanese idol aesthetic.
Dan Mitsu is the professional name of Saitō Shizuka, a Japanese actress, gravure idol, and writer. She has played multiple lead roles in television and film, including Naoko in the 2013 erotic thriller Amai Muchi, for which she received a Newcomer of the Year award at the 37th Japan Academy Prize ceremony.
Empress Michiko (born Shōda Michiko) is a member of the Imperial House of Japan who served as the Empress consort of Japan as the wife of Akihito, the 125th Emperor of Japan reigning from 7 January 1989 to 30 April 2019.
Fuji Junko is a Japanese film actress. The daughter of a producer at the Tōei studios, she became famous as the female lead in yakuza films against such stars as Ken Takakura and Kōji Tsuruta.
Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Arakawa Hiromu. It was serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between July 2001 and June 2010, and was later adapted into a 51 episode teleivsion anime series, which was also written and illustrated by Arakawa.
Gakuto Oshiro, better known by his mononymous stage name Gackt, is a Japanese musician, singer, songwriter, record producer and actor. Born in Okinawa, Japan, to a Ryukyuan family, Gackt learned the piano at a young age and was raised on classical music and enka before becoming interested in rock music while attending high school.
Hanadera Keisuke is a self described "yuri danshi" and the protagonist of Kurata Uso’s manga Yuri danshi (2011-2014). Like other yuri fans, he is a self-described “yuri danshi,” who enjoys reading and thinking about yuri relationships among characters in (yuri) manga.
Hara Setsuko was a Japanese actress. She is best known for her performances in Yasujirō Ozu's films Late Spring (1949) and Tokyo Story (1953), although she had already appeared in 67 films before working with Ozu.
Hayashibara Megumi is a Japanese voice actress, singer, lyricist and radio personality from Kita ward in Tokyo and is affiliated with Woodpark Office. One of the most prominent Japanese voice actresses of the 1990s, Hayashibara is best known for her roles in "Love Hina," "Ranma ½," "Neon Genesis Evangelion," "Cowboy Bebop" among others.
Inoue Akito is a game researcher and lecturer at Ritsumeikan University. He designed the game #dekimeter, which was nominated for the Outstanding Game Design award at the Computer-Entertainment Developers Conference in 2012.
Yūjirō Ishihara (1934–1987) was a Japanese actor and singer born in Kobe. His elder brother is Shintaro Ishihara, an author, politician, and the Governor of Tokyo between 1999 and 2012.
Itoh Makiko, born in Tokyo, started her professional career as a web designer/developer. After living in different countries such as Japan, United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland, and France, she decided to start a food blog in 2003 called "Just Hungry."
Kadokawa Haruki is a Japanese publisher, film producer, director and screenwriter. He was the son of Genyoshi Kadokawa and inherited the position of president of the publishing house Kadokawa Shoten in 1975.
Kara was a South Korean pop girl group formed by DSP Media. The group originally started off as a quartet and made their debut with "Break It" (2007) while displaying a strong female image and a mature R&B sound.
Rina Kawaei is a Japanese actress and former singer. She is a former member of team A of the Japanese idol girl group AKB48.
Kawai Mitsuko is a young girl who accidentally died falling into a water tank in Dark Water (2002), a Japanese horror film directed by Hideo Nakata and written by Yoshihiro Nakamura and Kenichi Suzuki, based on the short story collection by Koji Suzuki.
Kaya is a Japanese visual kei performer, known for his cross-dressed and often ambiguously gendered persona. He currently performs as a solo artist and as vocalist of the electro/dark wave duo Schwarz Stein. He was formerly known by the alias Hime.
Kimura Takuya is a Japanese actor, singer, and radio personality. Widely regarded as a Japanese icon, he was also a popular member of SMAP, one of the best-selling boy bands in Asia.
Kiritani Mirei is a Japanese actress, model, and news anchor. She appeared in such films as Kimi ni Todoke, Usagi Drop, and Arakawa Under the Bridge.
Kumamon is a "mascot" created by the government of Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan in 2010 as part of a campaign to draw tourists to the region after the opening of the Kyushu Shinkansen.
Mikazuki Munechika is the name given to one of the character cards in the free-to-play collectible card browser video game "Touken Ranbu" developed by Nitroplus and DMM Games. The character is named for one of Japan’s oldest swords forged by Munechika during the Heian period.
Mikoshī is the mascot character of the Kanda Myōjin Shrine located in Tokyo. The character was designed by Esaka Masami based on the motif of the mikoshi or portable Shinto shrine used during the Kanda Festival.
Mimiketto is a dōjinshi market catering to consumers of the specific element of characters with “ears” (mimi). It is an example of what is called an “only event,” or an event that focuses on only one thing—character, series, creator, magazine, genre, style or, in this case, element.
Miura Ira is an idealized shōjo in the novella-length manga Banana Bread Pudding (Banana bureddo no pudingu) by Ōshima Yumiko. It appeared in monthly installments in the magazine "Seventeen" from November 1977 to March 1978.
The Moomins are the central characters in a series of books and a comic strip by Swedish-speaking Finnish illustrator Tove Jansson, originally published in Swedish by Schildts in Finland. The book were loosely adapted into a Japanese anime television series which was broadcast on Fuji Television between 1969 and 1970.
Murakami Takashi is a Japanese contemporary artist. He works in fine arts media (such as painting and sculpture) as well as commercial media (such as fashion, merchandise, and animation) and is known for blurring the line between high and low arts.
Nishihara Satsuki, more commonly known as Satsuki, is a MtF transgender tarento, model, and writer who first rose to fame in the blogosphere when they candidly blogged about their own experience of undergoing SRS in 2013.
Toshio Okada is an anime producer, author, and lecturer. He is a co-founder and former president of the production company Gainax.
Ozaki Minami is a Japanese manga artist, cartoonist and illustrator of novels. She is famous for her best-selling manga series Zetsuai 1989, which is considered to have redefined the Shōnen-ai/Yaoi genres in the late 1980s to early 1990s.
Perfume is a Japanese pop girl group from Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, consisting of Ayano Omoto ("Nocchi"), Yuka Kashino ("KASHIYUKA") and Ayaka Nishiwaki ("a-chan"). The group has been signed with Amuse, Inc.
Puzzle & Dragons
Puzzle & Dragons is a puzzle video game with role-playing and strategy elements, developed and published by GungHo Online Entertainment for the iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire platforms. Its gameplay is a combination of two types of gameplay: tile matching and a monster collecting RPG.
Reika is the alias of an Osaka-based fashion designer and photo editor who has been cosplaying for over twenty years.
Ri Kōran (Yamaguchi Yoshiko) was a Japanese actress and singer, born in China, who made a career in China, Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. Early in her career, the Manchukuo Film Association concealed her Japanese origin and she went by the Chinese name Li Xianglan, rendered in Japanese as Ri Kōran.
Sano Kenjirō is a graphic designer and art director from Tokyo. His design for the emblem for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympics was scrapped after accusations of plagiarism in September 2015.
Sata Masaki is a Japanese comedian who performs as the tsukomi in the comedy duo Bad Boys. He is a former "bōsōzoku” biker gang leader from Fukuoka.
Secret Guyz is a three-member transgender (FTM) Japanese idol group affiliated with Stardust Promotion.
Mako Shiraishi is Shinken Pink of the Shinkengers in "Samurai Sentai Shinkenger" (2009-2010), which is the thirty-third entry in Toei Company's long-running Super Sentai tokusatsu television series. Mako is portrayed by Takanashi Rin.
Taiyōzoku is a label derived from the rich, bored, and vicious characters in Ishihara Shintarō's eponymous novella. The term was used to describe not only Ishihara himself, but Japanese students and young workers who aped the lifestyle of that privileged bourgeoisie.