Japanese acts play music ambassadors at Canadian Music Week

Mar 28, 2013

Japanese acts play music ambassadors at Canadian Music Week

After rock group Jake Stone Garage hit the final chord of one of their powerful guitar-heavy songs, the crowd let out a few hoots and applauded politely. For a Western band this may have seemed a bit unreceptive, but luckily Jake Stone Garage are ...

My Bloody Valentine hit the decks in Shibuya

Feb 14, 2013

My Bloody Valentine hit the decks in Shibuya

My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe manned the decks for a rare DJ set at a Tokyo Indie event in Tokyo on Friday. The acclaimed alt-rock band was in Japan to play sold-out shows in Osaka and Tokyo in support of its new album ...

Nov 29, 2012

2.5D wants to change how you see Japan

A crowd much smaller than solo-guitarist Miyavi is accustomed to has gathered to hear an intimate set at the 2.5D studio in Shibuya’s Parco Part 1 building. About a third of the 80 or so people have gathered around the stage so close that ...

A Taut Line

| May 17, 2012

A Taut Line

Tokyo-based British DJ/producer Matt Lyne, aka A Taut Line, coruns the record label Diskotopia, with Brian Durr, aka BD1982. A Taut Line’s melodic broken house, garage and techno productions are just as influenced by the Chicago jazz and postrock scenes as by the 1980s ...

Sendai to hold jazz festival

Sep 9, 2011

Sendai to hold jazz festival

In times of trouble music can soothe the soul. And if anyone’s souls needed soothing, it would be the people of Sendai. The capital of Miyagi Prefecture is located 130 km east of the epicenter of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake, and ...

Jun 17, 2011

Meitoku players give famed kabuki piece the Kurosawa treatment

In 1985, director Akira Kurosawa released “Ran,” a Japanese take on William Shakespear’s masterpiece “King Lear.” Kochi’s Meitoku International Players are taking a similar approach to Namiki Gohei’s 1840 kabuki piece “Kanjicho” by presenting it in an Italian setting and performed in English. Gohei’s ...

Nov 4, 2010

CrossFit pushes exercise buffs to their limits

The grunting gets louder the further I walk down the path. It’s somewhat synchronized, and suddenly I hear a buzzer and everything is quiet — for 10 seconds. Four men of various body types — all soaked in sweat — have squeezed into a ...

Various Artists 'Tokyo Suite Selected by Nigo'

Nov 27, 2009

Various Artists "Tokyo Suite Selected by Nigo"

As the setting for Sofia Coppola’s 2003 film “Lost In Translation,” Tokyo’s Park Hyatt Hotel was immortalized. The long takes of a jet-lagged Scarlett Johansson staring dreamily out onto a neon-lit metropolis lent themselves well to the shoegazer soundtrack. Nigo takes a different view ...