Ryotaro Aoki

For Ryotaro Aoki's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Dragon Ash, Chara impress at Rock in Japan's first weekend

Aug 5, 2014

Dragon Ash, Chara impress at Rock in Japan's first weekend

The first thing you’re greeted with when walking into the gates of Rock In Japan Festival is a large sign with a list of rules titled, “7 Things Rock In Japan Wants to Tell You.” Some of the list was fairly standard Japanese festival ...

Luna Sea rockers Sugizo and Inoran talk life at 25

Jun 19, 2014

Luna Sea rockers Sugizo and Inoran talk life at 25

“I don’t think of this as a reunion. We didn’t break up; we just paused our activities and came back to life,” says Sugizo, guitarist and violinist of rock group Luna Sea. Sitting next to bandmate Inoran, he speaks calmly and softly, his eyes ...

Review: Luna Sea at Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Jun 19, 2014

Review: Luna Sea at Yoyogi National Gymnasium

Luna Sea celebrated its 25th anniversary by holding a special concert, “Luna Sea 25th Anniversary Live -The Unfinished Moon-,” on May 29 at Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The date marks exactly 25 years since the rock band first performed in public at a small venue ...

Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

Jun 10, 2014

Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

Trying to define the sound of Tokyo-based experimental trio Boris is like asking someone their favorite kind of music. It’s everything, it’s nothing in particular … it’s definitely not country. “I think our music is built on top of an American rock legacy, but ...

Singer Mayu Wakisaka takes inspiration from the TV drama boom

May 20, 2014

Singer Mayu Wakisaka takes inspiration from the TV drama boom

Singer-songwriter Mayu Wakisaka harbors dreams of Hollywood, but she’s not about to enroll at drama school. “I want my songs to be used in Western TV dramas and commercials,” she says. “I don’t really want my songs to be sung at karaoke . . ...

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

Apr 29, 2014

Indie band The fin. is just getting started

“There’s this idea (among Japanese bands) that you have to make something different from the Western music you listen to,” says Yuto Uchino, singer for indie rock band The fin. “I was really trying hard to write in Japanese, but it was awkward. The ...