Welcome to Don’t Cross The Streams.

Very important safety tip

My name is Ryotaro Aoki. I’m a musician and writer based in Japan. I’ve played in a few bands and in venues all over Tokyo, and I frequently go to shows and keep myself involved in the music scene here.

Aside from playing music myself, I contribute to several publications, most frequently The Japan Times’ music page, as well as a few others, writing mostly about the Japanese music scene and industry, along with some other bits here and there about film and anime and culture in general.

This blog originally started out as a hub for my random thoughts about the music scene in Japan, but it has since evolved to be an archive of all my writing work. While the main purpose of this site is to house all my articles under one roof, you’ll occasionally see a post here and there about current, relevant topics that catch my attention.

Please also visit my main site, Parallelogram, which is essentially the mothership of all my operations. If you want to reach out, feel free to leave a message or contact me via the other site.

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy your stay.


  1. Can i copy and past (with a link to your blog) your article about BABYMETAL on my BM blog babymetal.net ? or i can open you a contributor account and you can do it yourself 🙂
    my site is a WP site !

    1. Sure, go ahead! Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. I had an amazing time reading all your blog posts and gained a great knowledge about the music scene in Japan. I love how much diversity of Japanese music you have covered in your blog. Please keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks for reading! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 I try to cover a wide range of genres and scenes so hopefully there’s something for everyone.

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