Dec 8, 2011

Forget Santa — spend the holidays at a live house

For those not into the usual Japanese holiday traditions of eating Christmas cake, watching the “Kohaku” music show on TV, and quiet nights with the family, luckily Japan’s rockers aren’t taking time off. December is filled with must-see gigs. The party starts early with ...

Blackwoods

Nov 24, 2011

Blackwoods

In a city like Tokyo, with more than 13 million people and who knows how many aspiring musicians, what does a band need to do to set their show apart from the others? The Blackwoods event, hosted by Tokyo-based rock trio Golden, hopes to ...

JinnyOops! 'Mother Shock!'

Nov 17, 2011

JinnyOops! "Mother Shock!"

The promotional flyers for the new EP from JinnyOops!, “Mother Shock!,” come with a strange tagline: Minna Okan kara Umarerunchauka? You can translate that from Osaka-dialect Japanese into English as: “Isn’t everyone born from a mother?” This fixation on mothers and birth may stem ...

Japan's antiques in one place

Nov 11, 2011

Japan's antiques in one place

Antique lovers won’t need to travel all over Japan to find their treasures this weekend, because more than 250 dealers from Hokkaido to Kyushu are set to gather at the Yokohama Kotto World antique fair. Dealers will have a variety of artworks on hand, ...

Nov 4, 2011

Fashion's Night Out offers chance for freebies

Hot on the stiletto heels of Tokyo’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week comes Fashion’s Night Out, an event that features limited-edition merchandise, some freebies and, of course, Champagne. FNO organizers say 420 brands — from Dior to Hysteric Glamour — will be represented at the ...

Eat, drink and be scary in Yokohama

Oct 28, 2011

Eat, drink and be scary in Yokohama

On Oct. 28-29, Noge Halloween in Noge, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, offers an event where you can eat, drink and have fun all at the same time. Noge in Yokohama has 19 bars and restaurants, which will be offering special deals throughout the event, such ...

Brazil ties celebrated with song

Oct 21, 2011

Brazil ties celebrated with song

Bossa Aoyama hopes to bring a soothing atmosphere and fresh sounds to Tokyo’s Aoyama neighborhood this weekend. Various artists will perform during the Bossa Nova-themed music event. Musicians will fan out from Aoyama’s Gaienmae Station at around noon and perform in stores, public spaces ...

Asia Orchestra Week 2011

Sep 29, 2011

Asia Orchestra Week 2011

The orchestras of two cities devastated by powerful earthquakes this year are coming together for a special performance. Asia Orchestra Week will present orchestras from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, and Christchurch, New Zealand, at a special joint concert in Sendai, which was the largest city ...