Fall in Love With Your Furry Friends All Over Again at Pet Expo 2016
The sign plastered on to the outside of Pacifico Yokohama convention center’s main entrance clearly stated “no pets” allowed inside. Well, the people running the ...
February 5, 2016
Tokyoites are Wearing These 6 Fashion Must-haves This Winter
Winter in Tokyo is, in a sense, as good as winter can get. It’s not too cold, but cold enough to sport the seasonal trends ...
February 3, 2016
Japan’s Latest (Revival) Music Buzz, New City Pop
Like any other country on Earth full of young people seeking coolness and who boast a bit of expendable income, Japan loves trends. And, as ...
January 29, 2016
6 Alternative J-pop Artists to Look Out for in 2016
Along with blizzards, copious amounts of “mochi” rice cakes and variety TV show specials, the New Year brings hope to music fans across Japan and ...
January 27, 2016
6 Japanese Winter Songs to Keep You Warm in the Colder Months
January and February have it tough, musically at least. Christmas gets all the sonic attention, as traditional holiday songs and contemporary bangers such as “All ...
January 22, 2016
2015 in Review: Japanese Music Looks Across its Borders
Just as with other years, 2015 had its ups and downs. But at MTV 81, we care most about the music. With 2013’s Japanese Vogue ...
January 20, 2016
Sounds of Japan Vol. 2: Aomori’s Tsugaru-jamisen Unites Enka, J-pop and Rock
The Tsugaru Peninsula sits on the northern tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu in Aomori Prefecture, separated from Hokkaido by a stretch of ocean. ...
January 16, 2016
Enka Rock Outfit Wagakki Band Bridge the Gap Between Old and New at Nippon Budokan Debut Gig
It almost felt like a homecoming than an inaugural gig when Wagakki Band took the stage at Nippon Budokan for the first time. The traditional ...
January 14, 2016
6 Japan-centric Music Winter Events for 2016
The new year has arrived, our 2015 calendars sit in garbage bags as we start to plot out the next 12 months. And there is ...
January 8, 2016
Retro Duo Vanilla Beans Put Their Idol Lives on the Line With ‘Re-debut’
A string of album covers and promotional pictures featuring J-pop duo Vanilla Beans line the wall of the downtown Tokyo recording studio where MTV 81 ...
December 29, 2015