Kyary Pamyu Pamyu 'Nanda Collection'

Jul 17, 2013

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu "Nanda Collection"

by Patrick ST. Michel

“Am I an adult? Or am I a kid?” sings Kyary Pamyu Pamyu on “Furisodation,” a song about the Harajuku blogger-turned-model-turned-pop-star turning 20 earlier this year. That’s the question that looms over all of her sophomore album, “Nanda Collection.” The album is obsessed with ...

Apr 18, 2013

Kis-My-Ft2 "Good Ikuze!" (Avex Trax)

by Patrick ST. Michel

Odds are, Japan Times reader, that you do not like Kis-My-Ft2. Maybe you’ve been unable to escape the bleating “Wanna Beeee!!!” while out strolling in Shibuya, or maybe they lost you at, “From the people who brought you SMAP and Arashi!” So this review ...

There's no battering the Tempura Kidz spirit

Mar 7, 2013

There's no battering the Tempura Kidz spirit

by Patrick ST. Michel

The members of Tempura Kidz have danced in front of thousands of strangers at sold-out venues across Japan, including Tokyo's famed Budokan and the Summer Sonic festival. Yet on a Thursday night in a Harajuku office building, the teenage quintet is nervous.

Hatsune Miku goes highbrow

Dec 21, 2012

Hatsune Miku goes highbrow

by Roland Kelts

On her own, Japanese pop superstar Hatsune Miku can’t sing. Nor can she rap, dance or DJ. She is drug- and alcohol-free because she can’t indulge in either, and she can’t have affairs or engage in offstage shenanigans fit for YouTube scandals or tabloid ...

Will the world soon wake up to the scent of Perfume?

May 18, 2012

Will the world soon wake up to the scent of Perfume?

by Daniel Robson

When the Nippon Budokan was built in 1964, its architects probably never envisaged it one day resembling a massive nightclub filled with hundreds of laser beams in every shade of neon as three women in lightup minidresses danced like finely tuned robots to the ...

Oct 22, 2009

Unexpected Olympic pitch

The mayors of the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have announced their desire to invite the 2020 Summer Olympics to their cities and have called on the central government and the Japan Olympic Committee for support. Mayors Tadatoshi Akiba of Hiroshima and Tomihisa ...