'Kawaii' gets a landmark

Dec 25, 2014

'Kawaii' gets a landmark

by Mike Sunda

While Japanese cool hunters might lament the lack of pop cultural exports in recent years — all the more conspicuous when compared to K-Pop’s successful forays westward — kawaii (cute) culture has quietly permeated into global consciousness with all the effortless grace of singer ...

Masuda's mission to take Harajuku art global

| Mar 13, 2014

Masuda's mission to take Harajuku art global

by Roland Kelts

New York is not a city one automatically associates with the Japanese concept of kawaii — lovably, irresistibly, dependably cute. But if Sebastian Masuda, the so-called “king of kawaii,” has his way, the mean streets of “Goodfellas” may one day emanate a candy-colored glow. ...

From Kyary to Yosi: The best Japanese albums of 2013

Dec 17, 2013

From Kyary to Yosi: The best Japanese albums of 2013

Overseas it was a year of big rollouts. There was a lot of hype behind releases by Lady Gaga, Kanye West and Miley Cyrus. But will these acts be remembered for paparazzi fights and “twerking” more than their music? Instead of ranking the year’s ...

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 ...