Daniel Robson

Daniel Robson, a British journalist based in Tokyo since 2006, is a features editor and writer at The Japan Times. He also writes freelance about music, videogames and Japanese pop culture for other publications around the world.

For Daniel Robson's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

In Clothes Called Fat

Aug 30, 2014

In Clothes Called Fat

Food’s the best. But peer pressure can make us do weird things, and when plump office worker Noko Hanazawa discovers that her boyfriend is bonking the blonde waif from work, she decides to take desperate measures. It’s time to lose weight, no matter the ...

Death and the Flower

Aug 23, 2014

Death and the Flower

When Koji Suzuki wrote “Ring,” the novel behind the film that brought the J-horror genre to the world, he apparently had a baby in his lap, and he went on to write not only horror fiction but also parenting books. “Death and the Flower” ...

Brewed in Japan: The    Evolution of the Japanese    Beer Industry

Aug 2, 2014

Brewed in Japan: The Evolution of the Japanese Beer Industry

Newly in paperback, history professor Jeffrey W. Alexander’s 2013 book charts the rise of beer in Japan, from early Dutch influence and the barrels brought by Matthew Perry in 1854 (described by the Japanese as “bitter horse-piss wine” — well, it was American beer) ...

Black Rose Alice vol. 1

Jul 19, 2014

Black Rose Alice vol. 1

When I was a kid, vampires were blood-sucking monsters in stories of terror and fright, but nowadays they’re all romantic Romeos whose interest is not so much in blood as in the lovelorn heart that pumps it. Black Rose Alice vol. 1, by Setona ...

'Burke & Hare'

Aug 31, 2012

'Burke & Hare'

“The Blues Brothers”/”An American Werewolf in London” director John Landis’ first feature film in over a decade opened to lukewarm reception in the West, despite this homage to the Ealing Comedies of the 1940s and ’50s (think “The Ladykillers”) boasting a chortlesome balance of ...

Fan-sourced funding site seeks followers

Jul 12, 2012

Fan-sourced funding site seeks followers

Long before American musician Amanda Palmer made her million dollars through Kickstarter, Japanese metal band Electric Eel Shock was raising money from its fans. And now the band’s bassist, Kazuto Maekawa, wants to show the rest of Japan how it’s done. In 2004, the ...

Shonen Knife 'Pop Tune'

Jun 28, 2012

Shonen Knife "Pop Tune"

Shonen Knife’s 18th studio album was released just a few days before the birth of my first child. Good timing, too, because its 10 tracks contain plenty of life lessons I intend to pass on to my beautiful baby girl. The title track is ...

Jun 14, 2012

0.8 Byo to Shogeki "Batikaru J.M. Yayayado EP"

Where the hell did this band even come from? Rocking the so-uncool-they’re-cool image that has served sonic soulmates Polysics so well, 0.8 Byo to Shogeki’s music piles up a violent barrage of cheap drum machines, minimalist guitar lines and batty boy-girl vocal interplay that ...

Nagasawa quiets down for 'Seven'

Jun 7, 2012

Nagasawa quiets down for 'Seven'

Some musicians simply ooze self-confidence. They walk into the room like they own it, flashing a smile that instantly melts a thousand hearts. But Tomoyuki Nagasawa is not one of those musicians. “I don’t think my voice is all that special,” says the 28-year-old ...