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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:

Conjuring haiku on the trail from Hiroshima to Matsuyama

May 7, 2016

Conjuring haiku on the trail from Hiroshima to Matsuyama

Riding the shinkansen from Tokyo to Hiroshima, I am glued to my iPhone when Stephen Gill tells me to look outside the window. The countryside — rolling hills and rice paddies — is shrouded in mist. Perhaps inspired by the scene, he begins reciting ...

Is it fifth time's the charm for 'Game of Thrones' in Japan?

May 1, 2016

Is it fifth time's the charm for 'Game of Thrones' in Japan?

Last week, the sixth season of “Game of Thrones” premiered to record ratings in the United States. When factoring in all the ways people watch it — live as it airs and streamed later — the episode titled “The Red Woman” brought in 10.7 ...

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 ...