Southern All Stars 'Budou'

| Apr 17, 2015

Southern All Stars "Budou"

Southern All Stars “Budou” (Victor / Taishita) Southern All Stars don’t need to try. Japan’s music media and industry decided the rock quartet was historically important long ago. A 2003 poll by retailer HMV named them the most influential Japanese group ever, and plenty ...

Tenkiame 'So Sad About Us'

| Apr 17, 2015

Tenkiame "So Sad About Us"

Tenkiame “So Sad About Us” (Independent) Tokyo’s Azusa Suga is a busy man. For the past four years he has been managing online label Canata Records, recorded woozy electronic pop under the name Shortcake Collage Tape and played in indie-pop band For Tracy Hyde, ...

Record Store Day promises some hits

Apr 12, 2015

Record Store Day promises some hits

It has taken a few years to catch on in Japan, but Record Store Day (RSD) is now well-known among music fans. This year’s edition falls on April 18, so look out for limited-edition items and a few shows to celebrate. Last year’s RSD ...

Kobeya Kitchen hops into Easter

| Apr 3, 2015

Kobeya Kitchen hops into Easter

The Kobeya Kitchen chain of bakeries found mostly around major train stations is celebrating Easter with a limited-edition treat in the form of a dessert shaped like a rabbit (¥238). It isn’t the most photogenic bunny you’ve ever seen, but as a sweet snack ...

SXSW's Japan Nite celebrates 20 lively years

Mar 24, 2015

SXSW's Japan Nite celebrates 20 lively years

For the past two decades, the Japan Nite showcase has been one of the most celebrated events at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival, a gathering where industry types, everyday music fans and performers from all over the world descend on ...

Coca-Cola adds life to latest release

| Mar 24, 2015

Coca-Cola adds life to latest release

Coca-Cola Co’s latest carbonated creation, Coca-Cola Life, launched in Japan earlier this month with the promise of fewer calories and less sugar via the use of stevia leaf extract, a sweetener that’s apparently better for the body. All of this is just slick branding, ...