Patrick St. Michel

Patrick St. Michel is a Tokyo-based writer with a focus on Japanese music. He runs the blog Make Believe Melodies, which has focused on Japanese independent music since 2009. Besides The Japan Times, he also contributes to MTV 81 and The Atlantic.

For Patrick St. Michel's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

As COVID-19 cripples live music, hopeful promoters look ahead

Music Mar 25, 2020

As COVID-19 cripples live music, hopeful promoters look ahead

This year’s edition of the Japan Nite event at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) was going to be special. It would have marked the event’s 25th anniversary of showcasing Japanese artists to fans in Austin, Texas, with a North American ...

When a cartoon crocodile dies, give us time to mourn

Culture Mar 25, 2020

When a cartoon crocodile dies, give us time to mourn

While people on social media have largely been preoccupied with the pandemic, the most buzzed-about happening online in Japan involves a crocodile — don’t roll your eyes just yet — which, at some point, transformed into a commentary on the follies of capitalism and ...

Episode 14: What's the deal with Terrace House?

DEEP DIVE May 13, 2019

Episode 14: What's the deal with Terrace House?

Ahead of the new season of Terrace House — "Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020" — Tom Hanaway and Patrick St. Michel join Oscar Boyd to discuss why the show has proved such a hit both here in Japan and internationally and what we might be ...