Website Nico Nico Douga goes live ... house

Jul 14, 2011

Website Nico Nico Douga goes live ... house

Online video-sharing website Nico Nico Douga has become a popular place for young Japanese to check out new music. Now imagine stepping inside the site to experience those tunes live. That’s the feeling you get when you enter Tokyo’s newest live venue, Nicofarre. “We ...

Fighting for change the Fuji Rock way

Jul 14, 2011

Fighting for change the Fuji Rock way

Faced with the nation’s worst disaster since World War II, Fuji Rock Festival founder Masahiro Hidaka had to make a choice back in March — whether to hold Japan’s biggest summer music festival this year or not. He decided that the show must go ...

Festival season hits Japan

Jul 1, 2011

Festival season hits Japan

Summer in Japan is widely known to be two things: hot and humid. Fortunately, for those who’ll be in the country during the sultry season, the nation’s annual music festivals will be a well-deserved trade-off for any discomfort. With something to offer revelers of ...

Red Dot Relief

Jun 23, 2011

Red Dot Relief

A party taking place in Tokyo this weekend aims to support the disaster-stricken northeast of Japan through a night of club music ranging from organic and jazzy house to solid techno. The Red Dot Relief Tokyo charity party is being organized by Parties 4 ...

French arts festival lifts any ennui in Yokohama

Jun 17, 2011

French arts festival lifts any ennui in Yokohama

The relationship between Japan and France began in the early 17th century, when a Japanese ambassador and an accompanying samurai stopped off in Southern France on their way to Rome. They caused a stir with the locals. The infatuation must have been reciprocated because, ...

Satoshi Otsuki

| Jun 16, 2011

Satoshi Otsuki

Tokyo-based DJ Satoshi Otsuki has been making waves in Japan’s house and techno scene. He spun at the recent Big Beach Festival, and has played the main floor of almost every big club in the country. The Japan Times takes a look in his ...

Surveying the waters of 2111

May 20, 2011

Surveying the waters of 2111

Coral reefs worldwide could face extinction by 2050, according to the World Resources Institute. At this rate, what will our oceans look like in 2111? An exhibition in Tokyo aims to shed light on an issue that could potentially see countless species, not to ...

Oita festival plays classics

May 13, 2011

Oita festival plays classics

The first Argentinian nisei, Seicho Arakaki, was born in 1911. Since then the number of those of Japanese descent in Argentina has grown to an estimated 32,000 people, according to Association of Nikkei and Japanese Abroad. A music festival in Kyushu this month will ...