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For Mark Jarnes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Fuji Rock Festival celebrates 20 years

Jul 21, 2016

Fuji Rock Festival celebrates 20 years

Who doesn’t love an anniversary? For couples it’s about rekindling moments of first love, for many nations it’s about marking a significant moment in history. Anniversaries are, for the most part, true celebrations. “I hate anniversaries,” says Masahiro Hidaka, the president of Smash Japan ...

Fuji Rock's green thumb is here for good

Jul 10, 2016

Fuji Rock's green thumb is here for good

Anyone who makes the trek out to the mountains of Naeba for the annual Fuji Rock Festival will tell you two things, apart from that they had a great time: It rains, and it’s clean for an event of such enormous scale. But it’s ...

In search of Japan's essential summer festivals

Jun 23, 2016

In search of Japan's essential summer festivals

With July just around the corner, Japan is gearing up for another sultry summer. Since the sizzling-hot days only last until early September, people make the most of the season by getting outside — that includes going to film festivals, art and fashion events ...

Can Netflix's 'Hibana' spark a revolution in Japanese TV?

Jun 9, 2016

Can Netflix's 'Hibana' spark a revolution in Japanese TV?

With the recent announcements made by both Netflix Japan and Amazon Japan that they will be putting out original locally made content, the country seems to be moving further into the age of internet-based TV. And it appears that the team at Netflix could ...

Rainbow Disco Club may be the dance music scene's pot of gold

Apr 17, 2016

Rainbow Disco Club may be the dance music scene's pot of gold

With new venues such as Contact and Sankeys opening their doors in Tokyo this spring, there is hope for a resurgence in the underground electronic music circuit in 2016. But with a glut of EDM mega-bashes, the festival scene for mature dance music fans ...