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

Oh Jessica Nigri!

Jessica Nigri's Mad Moxxi

Cosplay is increasing in popularity, and with increasing attention towards the hobby, there are a quite a few that are standing out amongst their peers. One such cosplayer is Jessica Nigri, who shot to fame with her sexy Pikachu cosplay and her spots on Kassem G’s California on Comic-Con series.

1000say New Single “SPECTRUM” and 5th Anniversary Tour!

1000say is BACK! NON gave us the HEADS UP! dropped a new track SPECTRUM and it’s SO CHILL! Have a listen, FREE Download: (just login with twitter):


This all coincides with their 5th Anniversary Tour across Japan:
<-1000say 5th anniversary- 東名阪ワンマンツアー[NONZOの逆襲]>
11/17 (sun) Tokyo – Koenji HIGH
11/24 (sun) Osaka – Kitahorie club vijon
12/1 (sun) Nagoya – Osu ell.SIZE

For more details and tickets hit up:

Edmonton Expo 2013 – BACK! And BIGGER BETTER THAN EVER!

Edmonton’s show for everything pop culture returned bigger and better than ever with more exhibitors artists writers performers packing the weekend.  The fans did not disappoint as cosplay was taken to the next level, and who better to share the experience than OH! Jessica Nigri who appeared on behalf of the fine folks at Cherry Sauce Clothing!!


The panels were the main feature. JPHiP caught up with the festivities on Sunday and we were blown away. First we had cult hero Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame. He admitted that he felt right at home at conventions such as Edmonton Expo.  “I love geeky stuff,” he said imitating his character. The Zelda fan entertained the crowd with his dance moves and interpretation of what it would be like if he was cast as Batman’s sidekick Robin.

JPHiP Interview: J☆Dee’Z @ Japan Expo USA


The four-member junior dance group J☆Dee’Z is made up of Meik, Nono, ami, and leader MOMOKA. These four girls are ridiculously cute and JPHiP got to interview them at the first Japan Expo USA, held in Santa Clara.

JPHiP Interview: 1000say @ Japan Expo USA

The members of 1000say (from left to right) keyboardist MICHELLE, bassist API, guitarist MAN, and drummer NON

The members of 1000say (from left to right) keyboardist MICHELLE, bassist API, guitarist MAN, and drummer NON flash the JPHiP sign.

The Japanese indie band 1000say (A THOUSAND SAY) made their US debut at the first Japan Expo USA, held on August 23rd-25th in Santa Clara, California. Undoubtedly the coolest musical guests in attendance, 1000say has been featured at Japan Expo since 2011’s Japan Expo Paris. JPHiP’s Tris-chan and Slack caught up to the band on the last day of the convention to interview their members, vocalist/guitarist MAN, vocalist/bassist API, keyboardist MICHELLE, and drummer NON.

JPHiP Interview: Kikkawa You @ Japan Expo USA

Kikkawa You at Japan Expo USA

Solo idol and former member of Hello! Project Kikkawa You, a.k.a. Kikka, was chosen to be the official reporter for the very first Japan Expo USA held from August 23rd to 25th in Santa Clara, California. After JPHiP interviewed Kikka at Anime Weekend Atlanta andJapan Expo in Brussels last year, Tris-chan and Slack got another chance to catch up with the beautiful young songstress.

Introduction to Japan Expo USA 2013: The Festival Made for Us


This festival was made for us.

One only has to look at the guest and panel lineups for other larger cons in the San Francisco Bay Area to see that. Anime conventions are made for anime people. Guests are voice actors, writers, directors, etc., and panels are discussing various aspects of anime. Sometimes you’ll get a music act, but the trend is towards US-based acts, usually rock bands. The closest to idol culture you get are vocaloid, anisongs, and the occasional idol anime.