Matthew Holmes

For Matthew Holmes's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Kido dials up the romance

Oct 20, 2011

Kido dials up the romance

I’m told Ryuto Miyake, the artist who sketched the portrait in front of me over hamburgers near his university in Tokyo, shares the same ideas about the music industry as the “real” Yoji Kido now sitting opposite me; mainly a desire to strip away ...

The patron saint of Japanese indie?

Oct 6, 2011

The patron saint of Japanese indie?

Steven Tanaka has a secret. The vibrant live-house scenes of Tokyo’s Koenji and Shimokitazawa neighborhoods hold a special place in his heart, and since last year he has been spending vast sums to take some of that energy to Canada — just don’t tell ...

Fireworks contest reaches peak

/ Sep 23, 2011

Fireworks contest reaches peak

In Nagasaki, the fireworks season is not quite over. This Saturday night, autumn will be kept at bay a little longer with the finale to a series of spectacular displays that constituted a summer-long contest. From heats in April when international teams from Germany, ...

Fun is brewing in Yokohama

/ Sep 16, 2011

Fun is brewing in Yokohama

More than 9,000 people slurped and swilled at last year’s 200-beer extravaganza in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, but this time there’s added incentive to sip up. The Japan Craft Beer Association invites you to raise a glass toward those in their industry suffering in the ...