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:

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 ...

Hokuo Music Night 2012/Finland Fest 2012: Metal Attack

May 24, 2012

Hokuo Music Night 2012/Finland Fest 2012: Metal Attack

Talk all you like about Cool Japan — the Nordic countries have been exporting their sound for years, and it’s positively freezing. From the sweetly kitsch pop sound of The Cardigans to the otherworldly soundscapes of Sigur Ros to the black metal of Bathory, ...

Will the world soon wake up to the scent of Perfume?

May 18, 2012

Will the world soon wake up to the scent of Perfume?

When the Nippon Budokan was built in 1964, its architects probably never envisaged it one day resembling a massive nightclub filled with hundreds of laser beams in every shade of neon as three women in lightup minidresses danced like finely tuned robots to the ...

Ben & Jerry's hopes for a warm reception

Apr 13, 2012

Ben & Jerry's hopes for a warm reception

Say goodbye to your waistline: Ben & Jerry’s is back in Japan — and this time the world-famous ice-cream brand means business. On April 14, Ben & Jerry’s will open its very first Scoop Shop in Japan, housed in the Omotesando Hills complex at ...