Kamattechan to cause chaos

| Aug 6, 2010

Kamattechan to cause chaos

With their chaotic live sets, eccentric sound and organic upward trajectory, Shinsei Kamattechan are the must-see Japanese act this year at the eastern leg of Summer Sonic — which takes place, after all, in their home prefecture of Chiba. Alongside acts such as Ling ...

A scorching summer schedule

| Jul 2, 2010

A scorching summer schedule

Check out the highlights of Japan’s summer music calendar, including the picks of the crop at the celebrated Fuji Rock Festival and band-favorite Rising Sun Rock Festival, the return of classical music maestro Seiji Ozawa, smooth jazz extravaganzas and rollicking reggae shows.

Tokyo ballet is blooming

| Jun 18, 2010

Tokyo ballet is blooming

by Paul Mcinnes

In its short history, the New National Theatre Ballet (NNT Ballet) has performed a total of 42 productions under the auspices of eight choreographers. It’s a prolific output for a relatively young company and the company is understandably proud of this achievement. Established in ...

Meisa gets high fives all round

| Jun 4, 2010

Meisa gets high fives all round

by Robert Michael Poole

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 ...