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Monday, 18 July 2011

Essential Links for the Korean and Japanese idol fan

Ever struggled to find your daily Kpop and Kdrama news and glamour? Couldn't find the name of Miyavi's second child? Well fret no longer, this post includes a selection of essential links for everything Korean and Japanese, and reviews the best links in the list. So whether you're new to the scene, or an oldie fan, hopefully this post will be useful to you. Don't forget to keep checking back to Yellow Kokoro of course~!

South Korean~

1. Allkpop
Probably the biggest and most useful website to catch up on your idols, whether they be singers or actors. There is a bias to the news site that I'm sure regular viewers have spotted, but despite this, the news is very good quality and the forums are always buzzing.
Rating: 4.5 / 5

2. Tumblr
There's a lot of K-fanism on Tumblr. I have to recommend Kpop Expressions at THE N#1 place for gifs. I mean... Come on...

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You could stare at them all day. O_O
Rating: 5/5

3. Eat Your Kimishi
Ever wondered what going to South Korea is like? Simon and Martina can tell you! Their website, is full of their Youtube videos of their trips,
Rating: 5/5

4. PopSeoul
This website used to be my favourite, until it started to diminish three and a half years ago. They still may have some extra info that Allkpop has missed, which might be worth your time.
Rating: 3/5


1. TokyoHive
I don't actually use this website. I do like Jpop, but I'm not too interested in the latest idol who's at a random press confidence advertising a Japanese version of coca cola or whatever. If you're interested in the Jpop scene to the extent that you must know every brand and the birthday of every cast member of a recent drama... Then you'll find this website useful.
Rating: 2/5

2. Shattered Tranquility
I've got better news for you however, if you're a Jrock Visual Kei fan. Meet Shattered Tranquility, the ultimate home of the Visual Kei and Jrock scene. Expect daily news of a huge variety of all things Kei, from An Cafe to The Gazette. This website also frequently introduces new bands to the scene. I haven't found any other website that gives new Visual Kei bands such a warm welcome.
Rating: 5/5

3. Jrock Revolution
Not really into Visual kei as much as you are Jrock? Jrock Revolution focuses slightly away from the Visual Kei scene. It updates regually.
Rating: 4/5

Korean and Japanese Links:

1. Twitter
Did you know there's a lot of South Korean and Japanese idols out there with real twitter accounts?
I said real twitter accounts!
I'll be updating this post soon with as many as I can find. Unfortunatly, most of these South Korean and Japanese idols do tweet in their native languag, like JaeJoong's. So unless you know Korean or have a translator near by this may not be so useful to you.

2. MySoju
Most likely the best place to find all your dramas and films on one page. This website updates their links regually, and it has a brilliantly clear layout. Whether you're into mystery or horror, you'll find something here. The website contains a variety of dramas from Japan, Korean, Taiwan and more.
Rating: 5/5

Hope you found this post useful!

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