Patrick St. Michel

Patrick St. Michel is a Tokyo-based writer with a focus on Japanese music. He runs the blog Make Believe Melodies, which has focused on Japanese independent music since 2009. Besides The Japan Times, he also contributes to MTV 81 and The Atlantic.

For Patrick St. Michel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Monarch Cupcake makes regal entrance to Tokyo

| Feb 17, 2015

Monarch Cupcake makes regal entrance to Tokyo

The neighborhood of Omotesando already has a surplus of trendy pancake, chocolate and sugared-up popcorn shops. But the area became even sweeter with the opening last Saturday of Monarch Cupcake (3-24-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; www.monarchcupcake.com). Founded by British-born Furva Saleem, the speciality shop, which ...

Fujiya Co. adds fizz and sparkle with macaron set

| Feb 10, 2015

Fujiya Co. adds fizz and sparkle with macaron set

Confectionary chain Fujiya Co. has added a little pop to their macaron selection with the introduction of a Sparkling Macaron set (¥500) featuring three soda-flavored sweets. The trio of cola, ramune (soda) and lemon squash flavors come with a creamy center of crackling candies ...

Pommeke makes fries the main dish

Jan 27, 2015

Pommeke makes fries the main dish

Tokyo boasts plenty of Belgian culinary spots, from beer bars to chocolate shops. Chef Bart Sablon even points out that there is a Belgian waffle store right around the corner from Pommeke, a recently opened operation where the 39-year-old works as executive chef. “That’s ...

Smany's sophomore outing shows subdued promise

/ | Oct 14, 2014

Smany's sophomore outing shows subdued promise

Smany “Polyphenic” (Bunkai-kei records) Last year, netlabel Bunkai-Kei records made a big deal about singer Smany’s debut album “komoriuta.” It released a video trailer for it, along with calling up some of the more prominent names in Japan’s online-music scene to remix songs from ...