Sega's Kikuchi makes a killing with 'Yakuza'

| Nov 10, 2010

Sega's Kikuchi makes a killing with 'Yakuza'

“While making the first and second games in the series, I went drinking in Kabukicho with (Toshihiro) Nagoshi, the overall producer of the franchise, two or three nights every week,” says Masayoshi Kikuchi, a veteran producer at Sega, as we discuss the latest entries ...

Pontiacs

Nov 5, 2010

Pontiacs

Taking their name from the iconic American automobile marque that will cease production this winter after 84 years, Pontiacs have plenty of heritage under the hood. The band reunites guitar-vocalist Kenichi Asai and bassist Toshiyuki Terui of quintessential Japanese garage-rock band Blankey Jet City, ...

Savoring the joys of Ainu hospitality

Oct 24, 2010

Savoring the joys of Ainu hospitality

This is a story of two very different halves. But I’m getting ahead of myself; let’s start at the beginning. On first glance, Nibutani looks like any other rural Japanese village. Modest and unassuming, it straddles the two-lane Hidaka National Highway that criss- crosses ...

Loud Park

Oct 8, 2010

Loud Park

Now in its fifth year, Loud Park has carved out a reputation as Summer Sonic’s noisy younger sister. Arguably more “loud” than “park,” the festival amasses the heavyweights of metal over two days at Saitama Super Arena. This year the event also boasts a ...

For artist Tokumaru, music is but a dream

| Oct 1, 2010

For artist Tokumaru, music is but a dream

Shugo Tokumaru’s music is a dream come true — literally. “I couldn’t write lyrics, so I came up with the idea of using phrases from a dream diary I was keeping,” explains the acclaimed multi- instrumentalist singer-songwriter. Since the age of 14 (he’s 30 ...

De De Mouse sets an electronic trap

Oct 1, 2010

De De Mouse sets an electronic trap

“I am a musician, not a celebrity,” says the shy fop when asked about the bumbled between-song banter in his otherwise triumphant set that finished just moments earlier at a music festival. Facing in toward his backing band, rather than outward to the crowd, ...

| Sep 22, 2010

Fans line up for previews

With record figures of 81,469 attendees last Saturday and 77,185 on Sunday, the public days at Tokyo Game Show were swamped with more people than the game companies could handle. Despite many of the bigger booths — Sony, Sega, Capcom and so on — ...