Category Opinion

The Japan Times: Opinion – Pretty Good Year: Gesu No Kiwami Otome

Publications such as Oricon Japan are touting a “band boom” — a term thrown around the Japanese pop culture lexicon occasionally, signifying a surging popularity of rock bands — on the horizon for a new generation, with Gesu No Kiwami Otome. as one of the premier acts. While it remains to be seen whether a […]

The Japan Times: Opinion – The City Pop Revival

What was originally used to refer to as “urban music made by people in cities” in the pop scene, now seems to be more of a simplified indie buzzword used to induce feelings of sophistication, fashionableness and nostalgia. And while it’s easy to dismiss the term as a generalized, convenient marketing gimmick to sell records […]

The Faces Behind Babymetal

(Hi there! Thanks for visiting the site! If you have some time to spare, please check out the about page and look around the other articles, which cover a wide range of other interesting Japanese artists and music. Happy hunting!) Heavy metal idol group Babymetal have seemingly taken the world by storm this past week, […]

Don’t Fuck With Your Senpai

It’s a Friday night on the streets of Tokyo. An izakaya in the more obscure areas of Shinjuku is vibrant with customers, all who are staying out drinking because they missed the last train. A group of about a dozen sit on the floor in the corner, crowded around long rectangular tables, chitter-chattering loudly and […]

Otaku USA Magazine: Evangelion 3.0: The Aftermath

I talked a bit about the months following the release of “Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo” and the reactions among fans and the general public in Japan. Check it out at Otaku USA: http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/Newsletter/News1/Evangelion-30-The-Aftermath-4995.aspx

MBV’s Ripple Effect on the Japanese Indie Scene

Two pivotal events happened between now and my last article on shoegaze: MBV, My Bloody Valentine’s follow-up to their 1991 masterpiece, Loveless, was released on February 2nd, and the band played a tour across Japan the following week, which ended on February 10th at Studio Coast in Shinkiba. The second, we knew about months in […]

How I Spent the Week with Sony’s “Music Unlimited”

Sony’s music streaming service, Music Unlimited, launched in Japan last July. Since then, it’s gathered 1 million users internationally and boasts a back catalog of 18 million songs, easily making it the largest music streaming service available in Japan right now. Whether Sony will stay at the top of the music streaming game will depend […]