About: Mr. Z

Hajimemashite and welcome to our site, from yours truly Webmaster Mr. Z!

A bit about me: I am a Web & Graphic Designer from Michigan, USA, and have been into “cool Japanese stuff” for quite a while now. (Actually, the first exposure I can remember to Japanese animation was watching ‘Speed Racer’ as a kid in the 70s and also remember a friend of mine introducing me to the ‘Project A-Ko’ and ‘Starblazer – Yamato’ animes around mid to late 90s!) Yes, maybe I’m pretty old for a lot of you guys & gals – BUT I recently found out that I share the same birth-year as HYDE! So that is kind of cool :p. Other than that, I am also into other kinds of music (British pop/rock, dance/trance, jazz, fusion, world music, etc – anything good & cool!), art & design in general, vegetarianism, fitness, photography, and guitar!

I first got into jpop music in the very late 90s/2000 by discovering acts like MAX, Ami Suzuki, Noriko Suzuki (anyone heard of her?), and others. I liked the upbeat, high-energy sound (oh and of course the girls were very cute too ^_^ ), but on perhaps a “higher note,” I was particularly struck by the voice of anime seiyuu Maaya Sakamoto (In case you don’t know her, she has done a lot of work with the composer Yoko Kanno, and her voice is featured on anime such as Escaflowne, Secret of Lodoss War, Wolf’s Rain and others). I was so impressed by Maaya’s music, that that was one of the reasons I started this site back in 2001. (I’ll try to add my ‘Favorites List’ soon!).

Of course I am also an “otaku,” having great respect for the spirit, originality, and fun (and especially for a lot of the fantastic artwork & design!) of a lot of the makers of Japanese anime and manga.

Games, yeah I’m kind of a game-geek too, but actually I don’t get too much into the RPG like a lot of people do, I tend to prefer (for video games) the Action and Sports games.

Welcome to Jpopexpress.com, please enjoy your stay, and let us know what you think! Youkoso! ^_^ ….

Articles by: Mr. Z

An Cafe to launch Spring 09 World Tour

An Cafe to launch Spring 09 World Tour

It all starts February 25 at KRAPS HALL in Sapporo, with “a [6-city] fan-club only tour in Japan,” followed by the official start of the An Cafe world tour in Moscow on March 15. Here is the... 

Aya Matsuura – Chocolate Damashi

Aya Matsuura – Chocolate Damashi

Hello! Valentine! Aya Matsuura delivers her 2009 Valentine’s gift for you, in the form of her latest single, ‘Chocolate Damashi’! YesAsia.com reports that Chocolate Damashi will... 

VAMPS – I Gotta Kick Start Now – SINGLE

VAMPS – I Gotta Kick Start Now – SINGLE

VAMPS is a hot new jrock band consisting of singer HYDE (from L’Arc~en~Ciel) on vocals and guitar, and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust) on guitars. They recently added audio samples of three new upcoming... 

New Idolm@ster PSP game series

New Idolm@ster PSP game series

Namco Bandai Games will release a new trilogy of Idolm@ster games on Feb. 19, 2009 including: Idolm@ster SP: Perfect Sun, Idolm@ster SP: Missing Moon, and Idolm@ster SP: Wandering Star.Idolm@ster SP: Perfect... 

New manga from Rumiko Takahashi in the works

The famed female Japanese manga artist responsible for Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, and several other titles will be producing a new manga that “will begin appearing this spring in Shogakukan’s... 

Utada Hikaru Wallpaper

Utada Hikaru Wallpaper

Click to open full-size image, which you can download [Source: Fantom-XP]  ...

Oricon Weekly Charts – Week 7 – Saturday, February 14, 2009

Oricon Weekly Charts – Week 7 – Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hikawa Kiyoshi’s ‘Roukyoku Ichidai’ and Koda Kumi’s ‘Trick’ are #1 this week for Top Single and Top Album respectively.TOP 5 SINGLES for week ending Saturday, February... 

BoA to perform “Eat You Up” in LA

BoA to perform “Eat You Up” in LA

BoA will be making a special guest appearance at the Asian talent competition Kollaboration ’09 in LA to perform her new single “Eat You Up”! This event will take place Saturday, February... 

YOSHIKI and Rockstar Energy Drinks to sponsor Japanese racing team

The famed jrock star and former leader of X Japan (one of the most popular Japanese rock bands of all time) announced that he has been a car racing fan for many years, and that Rockstar Energy Drinks (a... 

Namie Amuro to appear in new Japanese Coke Zero commercial

Namie Amuro to appear in new Japanese Coke Zero commercial

In this new ad (which began airing on TV in Japan this week), Namie Amuro dances and sings her upcoming new single, Wild, which will be available on March 18, 2009.PRE-ORDER Namie Amuro’s new single,...