Fashion at the moment includes Mr Potato Head, Camo pants and black & red stripes. The 80's you say? They're farking with your head man.
Jpop is huge in Japan. It's Eiffel 65-tastic pop music (and pop-ular it is!) commonly with 4 or 5 guys or girls, doing dance moves while singing songs. Japans biggest Jpop group (see: boy-band) is Smap. Their biggest singles include 'Gambarimasho' and 'Celery'. To make you feel a little more knowledgable (and to put names to the generic faces they are), Smap are Nakai Masahiro, Kimura Takuya (Kimutaku for short and often voted sexiest man in Japan - erk), Katori Shingo, Kusanagi Tsuyoshi and Inagaki Goro. Here's a pic:
Smap are big news in Japan at the moment. The group recently met George Lucas and their fans are ecstatic at this news.. okaaay.
The boy band thing died in 2001 globally, yet Smap appear in TV ads, TV dramas (yes, more than one), Concerts, Musicals, Radio, Magazines and of course on MTV. Their agents are masters of marketing. Its interesting how successful a boyband, er Jpop group can be, considering if you juggle the letters around, you get SPAM. Email filters must be a bitch to manage.
I was listening to UpFM a few weeks ago, and heard a NZ Club DJ talk after just returning from Japan, and said that the Dance scene there is just emerging into what we had in NZ back in '98. There's light in the tunnel yet, but its still a shocker. All the clubs still play euro-happy Vengaboys stuff.
I pity Japanese youth. Leaders in technology, Losers in modern culture. Smap IS Spam sorry.