Sasaru the World Vol. 2: Calling Cambodia
After Vietnam, my next stop was Cambodia. My mission was simple: visit Angkor. And my means of transportation? The usual – bus. Did you know ...
February 25, 2015
Harajuku Trends: Looking Ahead at 2015
Harajuku is undoubtedly the birthplace of most trends in Japan and the gathering place for youth, and a quick stroll through the neighborhood and its ...
February 17, 2015
block.81 DJ Souljah: A Slice of Urban Life
Hi guys, I’m DJ Souljah. Every fourth Monday of the month I hold a show on block.fm called “URBAN SLICE” where we spin tunes from ...
February 14, 2015
Tokaigi 2015 Fest Celebrates Video Game Culture, In a Big Way
Thousands of people crowded the floor inside the Makuhari Messe convention center on a Sunday afternoon, all eyes staring at a large screen. On stage, ...
February 12, 2015
Sebastian Masuda: The King of Kawaii
Color has always been associated with rebellion. Think modern art. Think Flower Power. The man behind Harajuku’s kawaii movement and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s claim to ...
February 9, 2015
Neo Gyaru: The Low Down on This Latest Kawaii Trend
Tokyo’s latest trend on the kawaii scene is located somewhere between Shibuya and Harajuku – and not only in terms of style, but also geographically ...
February 4, 2015
Making J-waves: 7 International Acts That Have Been Influenced by J-pop
Japanese artists have long served as major inspirations for international artists. The 1970s synth-pop trailblazers Yellow Magic Orchestra influenced both young house music figureheads and ...
January 29, 2015
Sasaru the World Vol. 1: Start Line Vietnam
Nice to meet you everyone! I’m Kozee, and my job for now is to “sasaru” people and places all across the globe. 「sasaru (verb) 1. ...
January 25, 2015
block.81 TREKKIE TRAX: Japanese Club Music is Crossing Borders
TREKKIE TRAX is a musical collective that was created by and for rising Japanese DJ/trackmakers. With 23 album releases already under our belt, we are ...
January 19, 2015
The MTV 81 Guide to Surviving Winter in Japan, Like a Local
The New Year’s vacation period in Japan has ended and a cold truth has settled in – winter has arrived, and for at least the ...
January 15, 2015