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 ...

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

Feb 4, 2014

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

“Black is the new black” always seems like a safe motto when it comes to picking clothes, but in an electronic-music world that is constantly churning out micro-genre ephemera, some would argue that black has gone out of fashion. Witch house might have been ...

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Dec 31, 2013

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Although the major spectacle looming on Tokyo’s horizon is undoubtedly the 2020 Olympics, there is one event this year that will be eagerly anticipated by anyone who spends longer on their gym playlist than their workout: The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is set ...

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Sapphire Slows, 'Allegoria'

Dec 17, 2013

The best Japanese albums of 2013: Sapphire Slows, 'Allegoria'

If there’s one thing I’ve taken out of 2013, it’s that the kids are alright. Perhaps as a result of growing up Internet savvy, with easy access to decades of music and countless genres at their fingertips, Japan’s young artists have spent the year ...