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Shaun Mckenna

Shaun McKenna has worked as an editor at The Japan Times since 2007. He currently helms the Music and Events sections at the newspaper. When he isn’t attending concerts in Tokyo, he is often on the hunt for “the perfect iced tea.”

For Shaun Mckenna's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Crystal 'Monsoon'

| Aug 21, 2015

Crystal "Monsoon"

When I was first listening to Crystal’s “Typhoon,” I was, coincidentally, also watching radar visuals of Super Typhoon Atsani’s approach to Japan — and they matched the music perfectly. This is less because of the storm Crystal whips up on the track — “Typhoon” ...

Don't get derailed when you're angry

| Jul 13, 2015

Don't get derailed when you're angry

While Japan’s train system is universally lauded as punctual and convenient, there’s always that one person on the daily commute that ticks you off. How many times have you stood on a crowded train with elbows jabbing into your back or a drunk businessman ...

Kanye West cancels Fuji Rock headline spot

Apr 3, 2014

Kanye West cancels Fuji Rock headline spot

Kanye West has canceled his headline appearance at this year’s Fuji Rock Festival “due to artist circumstances,” according to festival organizers. The news came as West’s camp also announced the 36-year-old hip-hop star would postpone his tour in Australia next month until September, citing ...

Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation

Oct 19, 2013

Japanoise: Music at the Edge of Circulation

There are some genres of music that Japan excels in. Recently, acts here have been appropriating the dance music styles of dubstep and juke to create a sound that feels like a real contribution to the global music scene. Before all this, though, there ...

Loco in Yokohama

Oct 19, 2013

Loco in Yokohama

I remember heading to the pub years ago, after teaching English at a high school, to swap horror stories with my peers. Baye McNeil’s “Loco in Yokohama” is, in that sense, a trip down memory lane. After receiving good reviews from his self-published debut, ...

Fairley tries to avoid spoilers but it's all part of the game

Jul 30, 2013

Fairley tries to avoid spoilers but it's all part of the game

The standard opening line when speaking to someone about the TV series “Game of Thrones” basically amounts to a spoiler alert. It’s no different when talking to actress Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn Stark in the popular HBO cable series. “I’ve seen Season 3 ...

In the record bag: Mark Birtles

| Jun 20, 2013

In the record bag: Mark Birtles

Born in Nottingham, England, Mark Birtles began DJing in Leeds before coming to Japan in 2008. He is one half of the Tokyo Indie events team, which has hosted DJ gigs with touring bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Metronomy, Mystery Jets and Yeah ...