Daisuke Kikuchi

For Daisuke Kikuchi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Bakemono'

Jul 28, 2015

'Bakemono'

Aug. 1-Sept. 13 “Bakemono” is a Japanese term to describe imaginary monsters, which in Japan have a long history in religion and culture. Traditional festivals, for example, feature creatures such as namahage demons, as well as rituals, including shishi-mai lion dancing, and the love ...

Hocori to give Fuji Rock a groove to be proud of

Jul 23, 2015

Hocori to give Fuji Rock a groove to be proud of

Tagging their work as electronic “buddy” music, Takuji Sekine and Yosuke Momono say their group, Hocori, is a way for two instrumentalists to indulge in artificial beats. Sekine, a member of the group Golf, and Momono, lead vocalist and guitarist in rock band Monobright, ...

A handy guide to fright nights in and around Tokyo

Jul 18, 2015

A handy guide to fright nights in and around Tokyo

In an attempt to tap into the growing interest in the supernatural during summer, a number of companies are offering services that allow participants to experience a taste of what lives in the shadows. Hato Bus tourist agency, for example, offers two types of ...

Tales from the crypt: ghost stories from Japan

Jul 18, 2015

Tales from the crypt: ghost stories from Japan

On a damp afternoon in early July, almost two dozen people sat in silence in a dark room on the sixth floor of a building located right next to Sensoji Temple in Tokyo’s Asakusa district. The audience has come to Amuse Museum to hear ...

Student group's pandemics study wins Japan Times award

Jul 16, 2015

Student group's pandemics study wins Japan Times award

A student group addressing the growing threat of pandemic diseases in the age of globalization received the grand prize for this summer’s presentations in The Japan Times Youth Project. Nineteen university students, divided into three groups, delivered in-depth 10-minute presentations at the company’s head ...

Rockin'On's Yoichi Shibuya sits atop Japan's last rock empire

Jul 5, 2015

Rockin'On's Yoichi Shibuya sits atop Japan's last rock empire

When it comes to music journalism in Japan, monthly magazine Rockin’On is an institution. The man behind the mag, 64-year-old Yoichi Shibuya, has expanded it from a print publication to two massive festivals to a multimedia force that covers everything from music to food ...

Jul 4, 2015

Sushi students seek a foot in the door overseas

Twenty-year-old Reina Hashiguchi is studying at Tokyo Sushi Academy in Shinjuku because she dreams of opening her own sushi restaurant in Japan. To do so, however, Hashiguchi must overcome the prejudice that sushi chefs should be men, a belief that stems from the assumption ...