The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s premiere celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, is proud to present famed pop music superstar Tomomi Itano for her first-ever U.S. performance.


Tomomi Itano, a founding member of the massively popular Japanese pop idol group AKB48, will perform at a special FREE J-POP Live at Union Square concert on the evening of Saturday, July 19th at 7:50pm in the city’s downtown Union Square stage, and is also set to perform on the Pagoda Main Stage in Japantown on Sunday, July 20th at 11:00am.

2014 J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL featuring TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE, May’n, fashion, culture!

(via Official Press Release by Erik Jansen @ MediaLab)



 Top Selling Teenage Pop Idol Act Marks Its U.S. Debut With Live Concert At Annual Bay Area Japanese Pop Culture Extravaganza In July 19-20, 2014.

JPHiP Interview: Ohmura Takayoshi @ Guitar Universe 2014 European Tour

With the upcoming release of Marty Friedman’s “Inferno” album and the recent release of Gus G’s “I Am The Fire” album these two guitar heroes set off for a co-headline event called the Guitar Universe European Tour 2014.


Joining them as support guitarist is the Japanese talent Ohmura Takayoshi. He is active in a lot of bands and projects, including BABYMETAL, DCPRG, C4, Liv Moon, Nomizu Iori and many more.

JPH!P took the opportunity to interview him at De Pul in Uden in the Netherlands on May 18, 2014. We gathered a wide variety of questions from the community aiming to learn more about him and to put him on the map in the west.

Morning Musume。’14 Live Concert in New York October 5 at Best Buy Theatre

NEW YORK, JUNE 2014 ― The Japanese all-girl idol group Morning Musume。’14 will perform a live concert for the 1st time in New York on October 5th at the well-known Best Buy Theater, located in the center of Broadway.


Schedule: October 5th, 2014 OPEN 3PM / START 4PM
Place: Best Buy Theater (1515 Broadway at W. 44th St. New York, NY 10036)
Tickets price: All Standing, pre-sale 42$
VIP TICKET: 100$ (limited to 200 tickets), including Early Entry, 1 Autographed VIP Pass Laminate and 1 CD + a handshake session ticket
On sale: Friday 20th June 2014 from 12:00PM (EDT)

ChrNo, 我們想念你 we miss you…3 years

This day on April 26, we mark the third year since we lost our Dear Friend ChrNo. Berryz Miyabi Fangirl Supreme, Pun Enthusiast, Artist of our emoticons, Fanfic regular, Singer, Overall Legendary HiPster. She will never be forgotten.


So get your shirts and REPRAZENT. (available at JPHiP SHOP – all proceeds go to Mental Health Charities ($3.10 per shirt) will go to Mental Health Awareness charities based in France and worldwide: Spread Mental Health Awareness and DISCUSS. Let’s help each other: Discuss in the forum!

Share your thoughts on ChrNo in the forum and of COURSE: SING ALONG TO THE SONG!!

Results of The Hello! Project International Fan Survey

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first Hello! Project International Survey, the response was amazing with over 3000 votes worldwide. Morning Musume ’14 took the honours with over 58% of the votes, while the most Hello! Project fans representing was from the United States.


Detailed results with map and charts are here: Thank you JPH!P Senior Correspondent Site Guru, Slack for setting it all up. This has been an amazing learning experience that will benefit H!P Fans worldwide.

HAPPY 9th Birthday JPHiP!

Nine YEARS. It’s unbelievable how we grown and stayed together for this long, let’s go make more memories! February 22nd weekend, when we give THANKS TO YOU, DA HiPSTAZ for making JPH!P THE BEST PLACE IN ALL DA LAND.

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This year, we mourned ultimate HiPster Fushigidane yet continue to soldier on for our fallen brethren marimari, Jabronisaur, and ChrNo. They would want it that way to build JPHiP into what we are today. From reporting from live events to expanding our fandoms to whatever we want. This what makes us stand out from all the rest, the HiPsterhood we make shit look so good. Our PARTIES LEGENDARY!! Expect more new and exciting developments on the main site, forum, and MORE!! WORLD TOURS MEET UPS HOOK UPS you name it, we’re doing it.


The Hello! Project International Fan Survey

We have been commissioned to come up with statistics on which group Hello! Project Fans like (if you could only choose ONE) and where they are located. We’ll give this information back to Hello! Project Management so they can have an idea of where to go next! Just click on the SURVEY


WE want to hear from YOU.

Coming off the heels of events in 2013 where we saw LoVendoR and You Kikkawa come to America, this is an exciting time for overseas fans like YOU so make your voice heard!

Comments or Feedback? Hit up The Forum!

The Watanabe Mayu Foreign Fans 20th Birthday Project


On the 26th March 2014, Watanabe Mayu turns 20!

1. To mark and celebrate her birthday, we are going to create a scrapbook from the foreign fans which will be given to Mayu along with the gifts from the Japanese birthday committee at Mayu’s Team A birthday show (the date of which is still yet to be determined but could be weeks after her actual birthday).

For the scrapbook we want to collect messages, fanart, drawings, photos etc – whatever you want to send to Mayuyu, get creative!


For all messages, we plan to translate them into Japanese so Mayu can read them. We shall be incorporating the text in your original language as well as translated into Japanese. If you also want to include a hand-written message, then you can take a photo or scan that and send it in.

Send all entries to

Submission Deadline:

    26th February 2014

(one month before Mayu’s birthday)

2. In addition to the scrapbook, we are also collecting short messages which will be translated into Japanese to be included in the Japanese birthday committee’s message cards. These message cards are only small, so keep your message brief, here’s some of the message cards from previous years to give you an idea of size:

3. We are also thinking about possibly creating a t-shirt for Mayu’s birthday, however we are concentrating on the scrapbook first.

Please include your name and your country along with your message/submission!

Entries for the foreign fans scrapbook, please include [Foreign] in your email subject.
Entries for the Japanese Birthday Committee, please include [Japanese] in your email subject.

If anyone is interested in joining the team, please send an email. Any English –> Japanese translators would be great.

The Team:

Jul3, YKT, Seigus, melyangelique, majuholic, clubhappy, conche, shin_baka, ithebigc, jigs, jell_o_jello, vie

Head to the Forum for feedback and comments!

VAMPS 2013 US Tour Announced

VAMPS (HYDE of L’Arc~en~Ciel and K.A.Z of Oblivion Dust) is back! Japan’s most daring rock duo is coming back to the U.S. after a successful Europe tour. They will be holding two live concerts in December (see details and Ticketmaster links below). The last time VAMPS played in the U.S. was in 2010 during their ‘VAMPS LIVE 2010 BEAST WORLD TOUR‘. Don’t miss the chance to see these extremely talented rock stars perform LIVE in the US!

Dec 4th (Wed) – House of Blues, LA
Dec 8th (Sun) – Roseland Ballroom, NY


Source: Press Release