A light of hope for abused children

| Jun 15, 2010

A light of hope for abused children

In the dock, Katsuyuki Okuno cut a strange figure as he listened baby-faced, chubby, graying, frightened and seemingly unable to understand what he had done. “I still love him,” the thirty-something told the judge at Tokyo District Court after he was asked about his ...

Looking East as British system goes south

| May 25, 2010

Looking East as British system goes south

In the months preceding the Lower House election last year, an ambitious Ichiro Ozawa, destined to become Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) secretary general, headed to Britain to study the “Westminster system.” His aim was to bring Japan’s politics closer to that of Britain, ...

Polaroidfades

Apr 23, 2010

Polaroidfades

Stratos Hermes Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, better (and more easily) known as Polaroidfades, arrived in Japan in 2006 to a very different nightlife scene than exists today. Back then, vinyl was still popular, and his DJ equipment, Ableton Live, set him apart. “When I first arrived ...

Up from the underground: Womb turns 10

Apr 9, 2010

Up from the underground: Womb turns 10

Since opening its doors in April 2000 with a live set from New York house legend Junior Vasquez, Tokyo’s club Womb has been credited with doing more than other local venues to bring dance-music culture into the mainstream. Ten years later, around 4,000 people ...

Eleven

Feb 19, 2010

Eleven

On Saturday June 21, 2008, a tearful Francois K was joined behind the turntables by Laurent Garnier, Theo Parrish and Danny Krivit for a final set at Club Yellow that went on into the late hours of Sunday. The formidable lineup of DJs and ...

Brodinski brings French beats to dancefloors

Feb 5, 2010

Brodinski brings French beats to dancefloors

With a big boost from Daft Punk, French producers have shifted the focus of dance music away from house and toward electro, and young DJ Brodinski could surpass his peers in commanding the evolving French scene. At the age of 23, Brodinski has produced ...