Robert Michael Poole

Robert Michael Poole is a specialist on the Japanese music and entertainment scene and has been contributing to The Japan Times since 2008. He has also written for Newsweek, CNN, The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal.

For Robert Michael Poole's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'It' girl Rola welcomes Jepsen to Japan

Sep 20, 2012

'It' girl Rola welcomes Jepsen to Japan

It’s a meeting of the memes. Inside one of Shibuya’s biggest clubs, Japan’s happy-go-luckiest talent perches eagerly and wide-eyed on her high stool awaiting the arrival of Canada’s most cheerful pop star. After bounding into the room gleefully, Carly Rae Jepsen doesn’t disappoint. A ...

Rocker Hotei hears London calling

Jun 14, 2012

Rocker Hotei hears London calling

Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee celebrations are never complete without a rock star wielding an axe to inaugurate proceedings. For the Golden Jubilee in 2002 it was Queen’s Brian May atop Buckingham Palace. And for The British Embassy in Japan’s Diamond Jubilee party this month, the ...

Jackson brothers to visit Michael's 'second home'

| Dec 9, 2011

Jackson brothers to visit Michael's 'second home'

“Immortal,” the new Michael Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show touring North America may sound grandiose but the self-proclaimed “King of Pop” was undoubtedly a larger-than-life character. While immortality was out of Jackson’s reach, the singer’s family are doing their best to keep his memory ...

Rock star starts a new 'circle of life' with Yoyogi Village

Nov 22, 2011

Rock star starts a new 'circle of life' with Yoyogi Village

Squeezed between the two central Tokyo hubs of Shinjuku and Harajuku, Yoyogi is rarely a destination for tourists — more of a two-minute halt that breaks up the journey to somewhere else. But this month, ecological troubadour Takeshi Kobayashi, producer of multi-million-selling rock-band Mr. ...

Verbal wants to hit the reset button on pop

May 5, 2011

Verbal wants to hit the reset button on pop

In the middle of her recent Japan tour, pop superstar Kylie Minogue surprised her fans by announcing a new song on YouTube. The song, written by Japanese rapper and producer Verbal, is called “We Are One” and is the pair’s effort to try to ...

Meisa gets high fives all round

| Jun 4, 2010

Meisa gets high fives all round

Halfway through the first-ever Girls Award fashion show at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Stadium last month, 22-year-old Meisa Kuroki strides down the catwalk, glistening in a sleeveless gold dress and black stockings while delivering her pulsing dance tune “Shock.” The face of a hundred magazine ...

Rising star set to shine

| May 28, 2010

Rising star set to shine

In September 1984 — three years after MTV: Music Television had kicked into life with British electro-pop duo The Buggles’ appropriately titled 1979 classic “Video Killed the Radio Star” — Madonna strode onto a New York stage for the fledgling channel’s first Music Video ...

Only got 4Minutes to take the world

Apr 30, 2010

Only got 4Minutes to take the world

T he five young members of 4Minute sit dressed in tight, black leather outfits at a luxury hotel in Ebisu, Tokyo. It’s one day before their Japanese debut, but they show no signs of nerves. The group’s first concert here, at the 1,500-capacity Shibuya ...

Jazz singer Meyer raps up second album, 'Passport'

Apr 16, 2010

Jazz singer Meyer raps up second album, 'Passport'

“There’s a whole bigger world out there than what we are doing,” says jazz pianist and vocalist Emi Meyer. “Studying roots music and ethnomusicology always kept me open-minded.” Born in Kyoto, but raised in Seattle, 23-year-old Meyer is exploring new musical genres for her ...

Chatmonchy go south by southwest

Feb 12, 2010

Chatmonchy go south by southwest

“We want to establish our reputation as a rock band rather than a ‘female’ rock band. But I’ve noticed there are big differences in feeling between men and women, and it seems to be easier to convey how we feel and get into the ...