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Mike Sunda

Mike Sunda is a music writer focusing primarily on electronic music and the Tokyo club scene. He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England with a degree in Japanese and has been contributing to The Japan Times since 2010.

For Mike Sunda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Musician Rory Viner turns Japan's suicide statistics into a song

Aug 19, 2014

Musician Rory Viner turns Japan's suicide statistics into a song

Train delays due to jinshin jiko, which euphemistically translates to “human accident” — often a suicide on the tracks — are far from an infrequent occurrence in Tokyo. Reaction to such suicides — of people you never knew — depends on the individual, whose ...

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

Jul 29, 2014

Two weddings and a 'Funeral' at Fuji

It’s hard to know what the organizers at Fuji Rock Festival were thinking when they decided to have Jack Johnson headline the main stage on the event’s last day. Not the infectious cheer and endearingly kitsch theatricality of The Flaming Lips, who performed directly ...

Cheer on the Samurai Blue at events across the country

Jun 5, 2014

Cheer on the Samurai Blue at events across the country

It may be nicknamed the “beautiful game,” but these days it can sometimes be hard to see soccer as anything but ugly. As well as all the usual cliches about preening, overpaid prima donnas, there are also the persistent, disturbing bouts of racism and ...

Essential summer festivals 2014

May 31, 2014

Essential summer festivals 2014

A summer without festivals simply wouldn’t be a proper summer in Japan, so now that the humidity has returned, it’s time to slop on an extra layer of sunscreen and line up some outdoor activities. To make your life easier over the next few ...

N.O.R.K. muddies the gap between indie and R&B on 'ADSR'

May 13, 2014

N.O.R.K. muddies the gap between indie and R&B on 'ADSR'

Japan’s electronic-music scene has long seemed to suffer from a stylistic and unbridgeable gap between popular and independent music — one side characterized by overzealous polish, the other by lo-fi charm. In the case of N.O.R.K., the two sides have collided in spectacular fashion. ...

LA lifestyle gives starRo a new take on making music

Apr 1, 2014

LA lifestyle gives starRo a new take on making music

Video-chatting with Los Angeles resident Shinya Mizoguchi toward the tail end of a particularly testing Tokyo winter, it’s hard not to feel a twinge of jealousy. I deliberately avoid defaulting to my typically British weather-related opening gambit of small talk, but it’s not long ...

Tim Deluxe makes 'Radicle' move to get healthy

Mar 4, 2014

Tim Deluxe makes 'Radicle' move to get healthy

We’ve all been there before. Sometimes it’s a New Year’s resolution, sometimes it’s the realization that you’re out of breath just running up the stairs to catch your last train — but at one point or another, we’ve all decided to try and get ...

After25 seeks music ties for Tokyo, Berlin

Feb 25, 2014

After25 seeks music ties for Tokyo, Berlin

From Vincent Van Gogh’s ukiyo-e inspired paintings to novelist Natsume Soseki’s period of studies in the United Kingdom, Tokyo has long cultivated intercity relations with the likes of Paris and London through the mediums of art and literature. However, when it comes to linking ...