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Fuji Rock Festival celebrates 20 years

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Who doesn’t love an anniversary? For couples it’s about rekindling moments of first love, for many nations it’s about marking a significant moment in history. Anniversaries are, for the most part, true celebrations. “I hate anniversaries,” says Masahiro Hidaka, the president of Smash Japan and founder of the Fuji Rock ...

20th Fuji Rock kicks off with a bang

Jul 23, 2016

20th Fuji Rock kicks off with a bang

Day one of Fuji Rock Festival 2016 is finished. The weather was great, and so were the two main acts on the Green Stage, Sigur Ros and James Blake. Beck and Wilco play tonight and it looks like clear skies again. Follow the Japan ...

Babymetal is having a really good year

Jul 17, 2016

Babymetal is having a really good year

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In the run-up to Fuji Rock Festival, the event’s digital team will post video messages on YouTube from performers that are slated to play at the three-day gathering in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture. They tend to get, on average, around 1,000 views. This ...

'Sukiyaki' lyricist Rokusuke Ei dies at 83

Jul 11, 2016

'Sukiyaki' lyricist Rokusuke Ei dies at 83

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Rokusuke Ei, who wrote the lyrics to the global hit “Sukiyaki” (“Ue o Muite Aruko”), passed away from pneumonia at his home on Thursday. He was 83. Born in Tokyo in 1933 and a graduate of Waseda University, Ei began his career as a ...

Bo Ningen: 'We're Japanese, but a London band'

Jul 10, 2016

Bo Ningen: 'We're Japanese, but a London band'

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Though seasoned music festival veterans overseas, the four members of British rock band Bo Ningen had never been to a Japanese event until Fuji Rock in 2013. “It was really fun compared to festivals in other countries,” says singer and bassist Taigen Kawabe. “It’s ...

Fuji Rock's green thumb is here for good

Jul 10, 2016

Fuji Rock's green thumb is here for good

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Anyone who makes the trek out to the mountains of Naeba for the annual Fuji Rock Festival will tell you two things, apart from that they had a great time: It rains, and it’s clean for an event of such enormous scale. But it’s ...

Muddy Apes' style of rock knows no borders

Jul 3, 2016

Muddy Apes' style of rock knows no borders

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When looking at the pedigree of rock quartet Muddy Apes, it’s hard not to mention the term “supergroup.” After all, the band’s members — which consist of bassist Taka Hirose of British rock act Feeder, guitarist Kiyonobu “Inoran” Inoue of Japanese arena-rock band Luna ...

Afrirampo leads 'Zero Generation' into adulthood

Jun 26, 2016

Afrirampo leads 'Zero Generation' into adulthood

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Anarchic, anything-goes garage-punk band Afrirampo is defined first and foremost by feelings: The feelings that drive the duo as artists and the feelings they evoke in audiences. As the band returns to the live circuit after a six-year absence, guitarist Mayumi “Oni” Saeki is ...