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Kendrick Lamar and the politics of Japanese PR

| Jul 26, 2018

Kendrick Lamar and the politics of Japanese PR

The news of Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar returning to Fuji Rock, one of Japan's most celebrated music festivals, was met with excitement from hip-hop fans here as soon as it was announced in February. To leverage the hype ahead of the festival, Universal ...

Pushing for a more diverse dancefloor

Jan 9, 2018

Pushing for a more diverse dancefloor

When the acclaimed end-of-year techno party Future Terror announced its full lineup of DJs in December, there was a notable omission among the 19 names: There were no women. This wasn't the first time Tokyo's clubbers have been presented with an all-male roster. The new ...

Figuring out who to watch at this year's Fuji Rock Festival

Jul 26, 2017

Figuring out who to watch at this year's Fuji Rock Festival

The 2017 edition of Fuji Rock Festival boasts one of the more eclectic lineups the long-running gathering has had in recent years. The headliners tell the tale: Cartoon rockers Gorillaz share the same font size as electronic pop star Bjork and dance music weirdo ...

Tackling the terminology behind feminism in Japan

May 11, 2017

Tackling the terminology behind feminism in Japan

In 1985, women in gorilla masks gathered at New York's Museum of Modern Art to protest its lack of female artists. Known as the Guerrilla Girls, the group continues to raise awareness about inequality in the art world. Thirty years later, their spirit has ...

Japan races to become the robot capital of the world

Nov 11, 2016

Japan races to become the robot capital of the world

Japan may have a long way to go before it can build a fully functional Gundam or Doraemon, but it's getting closer to bringing sci-fi-style robotic helpers and protectors into our daily lives. Japan Robot Week, which took place at the Tokyo Big Sight ...

A 'moonlit' afternoon tea in Tokyo with Noritaka Tatehana

Oct 21, 2016

A 'moonlit' afternoon tea in Tokyo with Noritaka Tatehana

Japan has a long history of noticing subtle seasonal changes and taking each as an opportunity for celebration. The appearance of cherry blossoms in early spring may be the most well-known example, but October's tsukimi (moon-viewing) festival is also culturally significant. In celebration of tsukimi, ...