block.81 bo en: Bridging the Gap with Video Games and Dance Music
I’m bo en, a British artist closely connected to the Japanese music scene. While on tour in Japan this month, I stopped by the block.fm ...
April 22, 2015
Harusaki Brings Netlabel Stars to Tokyo
One of the ultimate thrills an individual can experience in the 21st century is meeting their online friends in real life. It’s disarmingly easy to ...
April 20, 2015
SXSW 2015: It’s Just the Beginning of The fin.
It’s weird seeing the four members of The fin. perform in broad daylight. Not that the quartet look like vampires or anything… Rather, that their ...
April 17, 2015
Pop Duo moumoon Make Sunny US Debut at SXSW 2015
A young woman walks swiftly down a street holding at least three CDs. It is a sunny Thursday afternoon in Austin, Texas, and she’s moving ...
April 14, 2015
Sasaru the World Vol. 4: Sabaidee Laos!
Sabaidee! Konnichiwa from Laos. Laos has been an increasingly desirable destination in recent years among those traveling in Southeast Asia, and there are two cities ...
April 8, 2015
Nobuo Uematsu and EARTHBOUND PAPAS Celebrate RPG Terra Battle’s Rising Success
Video game fans of all generations rushed in and eventually started to overflow the Apple Store onto the streets of Tokyo’s trendy Omotesando district on ...
April 6, 2015
FEMM’s Tokyo Takeover: Shop ’til You Drop, and Then Shop Some More
Tokyo has everything you never thought you wanted or needed, and then some more. Japan’s capital is undeniably a shopper’s paradise, offering an unlimited amount ...
April 3, 2015
What’s the Deal With Idols?
Japan boasts plenty of unique cultural quirks – extreme politeness, high-school girls and even karaoke. But you can’t truly comprehend the country’s contemporary pop culture ...
March 31, 2015
South By Southwest Celebrates 20 Years of Japanese Music
Japan has long had solid representation at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival over the last 20 years. Two decades ago, the ...
March 28, 2015
Ero Kawaii: The Sexy Side of Cute
While Japanese daily fashion mostly errs on the conservative side (believe it or not) in the last few years, women have started to take some ...
March 24, 2015