What’s the Deal With Enka?
Japan has cultivated an image of a country hurtling into the future, all robots and fancy cellphones and heated toilet seats. Yet the past remains ...
June 30, 2015
Taico Club 2015: Japan’s Best Mini-fest Shines Once Again
When it comes to music festivals, you generally have your single-stage mini-fests, or you have your Glastonbury-scale multi-stage spectacles. Taico Club is the perfect balance ...
June 26, 2015
Natsume Mito Reps Kansai With Short Bangs, and Beats by Superproducer Yasutaka Nakata
About midway through our interview, something changes in the way Natsume Mito talks. Up until this point, the model-turned-singer has been relatively formal, speaking in ...
June 19, 2015
Rainbow Disco Club 2015 Makes Triumphant Move to the Mountains
The thing with festivals is that there are so many factors that when combined make them, well, great. Small changes to the musical concept or ...
June 17, 2015
Metrock 2015 Proves to be Tokyo’s Premier Fest
The 2015 edition of the Tokyo Metropolitan Rock Festival felt like a summer festival played out like a training course for all the events to ...
June 12, 2015
See What J-fests are Happening Across the Globe in Summer 2015
Summer means music festivals in Japan, with practically every weekend featuring an event in some corner of the country. Yet in recent years, more and ...
June 3, 2015
Busu Kawaii: A Guide to The ‘Ugly’ Kind of Kawaii
When we hear the word “kawaii,” usually the first thoughts that come to mind are somewhere along the lines of cute, adorable, lovely, pastel-hued and ...
May 31, 2015
Kawaii Metal BABYMETAL Headbang Their Way Around the World, Again
It has been an extremely busy year for teenage trio BABYMETAL. The group, which caught attention in Japan several years ago by blending the peppy ...
May 25, 2015
Get Into the Lifestyle With This Tokyoite Weekend
Trendy Tokyo used to revolve around gyaru shopping mecca Shibuya 109 and the ever-busy, fad-heavy Takeshita Street in Harajuku. While Shibuya still has its cool ...
May 14, 2015
Niconico Chokaigi 2015: Overload Your Senses at This Pop-culture Paradise
Nearly every spot at the 2015 Niconico Chokaigi brought about sensory overload. One could be watching a sumo tournament, only to turn around and see ...
May 8, 2015