Oct 27, 2015

35% of public regard children's voices as 'noise'

About 35 percent of Japanese regard children’s voices as noise, according to a survey by the welfare ministry. The survey’s results, released Tuesday, show that 35.1 of the respondents expressed sympathy with the view that in residential areas children’s voices from day care centers ...

Nov 13, 2014

Tolerating the voices of children

People must realize that children are the future of rapidly graying Japan and work to create an environment in which their presence is not only welcome but encouraged.

The high cost of peace and quiet

| Jul 12, 2014

The high cost of peace and quiet

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Peace and quiet! How rare it is, how precious. Why rare? Because a full-blooded modern economy is no monastery, no “ancient pond” into which a frog may jump, producing the hushed “sound of water” immortalized by the haiku poet Basho (1644-94). Engines roar, machinery ...

Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

Jun 10, 2014

Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

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Trying to define the sound of Tokyo-based experimental trio Boris is like asking someone their favorite kind of music. It’s everything, it’s nothing in particular … it’s definitely not country. “I think our music is built on top of an American rock legacy, but ...

Umez label is good news for noise-pop

Aug 21, 2013

Umez label is good news for noise-pop

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“Those voices makes me vomit! Too many people in one band is no good. It’s kind of scary. I feel like I’m suffering from car sickness all the time.” Sachiko Fukuda from noise-pop duo Umez is not a fan of AKB48. That didn’t stop ...

ZZZ's continue a great year

Apr 19, 2013

ZZZ's continue a great year

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It’s a new year that other indie bands could only dream of. Steady gigs, new releases and collaborations with established artists, they’ve all been on ZZZ’s schedule for the past few months. The Hyogo Prefecture trio released their second EP, “Magnetica,” in February, and ...

Extruders have a rock epiphany

Apr 18, 2013

Extruders have a rock epiphany

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“Before the gig, we were quite intimidated: a lowly rock band performing in front of a god. After, we found we could do it, and that was the turning point for us.” Going back to at least when Paul the Apostle saw the light ...