Natsume Mito gets a few choice cuts for a song about her hair

Music Apr 24, 2015

Natsume Mito gets a few choice cuts for a song about her hair

Sometimes all it takes to jump-start a music career is one viral video. Japanese acts such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Babymetal attracted attention domestically and abroad thanks to memorable clips uploaded to YouTube, earning millions of views in the process. Natsume Mito, a Nara ...

Southern All Stars "Budou"

Music / CD Reviews | LISTENING POST Apr 17, 2015

Southern All Stars "Budou"

Southern All Stars "Budou" (Victor / Taishita) Southern All Stars don't need to try. Japan's music media and industry decided the rock quartet was historically important long ago. A 2003 poll by retailer HMV named them the most influential Japanese group ever, and plenty of ...

Tenkiame "So Sad About Us"

Music / CD Reviews | LISTENING POST Apr 17, 2015

Tenkiame "So Sad About Us"

Tenkiame "So Sad About Us" (Independent) Tokyo's Azusa Suga is a busy man. For the past four years he has been managing online label Canata Records, recorded woozy electronic pop under the name Shortcake Collage Tape and played in indie-pop band For Tracy Hyde, which ...

Untouchable Toffee opens second branch in Harajuku

Food & Drink | DESSERT WATCH Mar 3, 2015

Untouchable Toffee opens second branch in Harajuku

Untouchable Toffee opened its first store in Hamamatsu back in 2013, but the candy company didn't launch a second branch until late last year when it settled in the hipper neighborhood of Harajuku. The smaller outpost (4-26-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) serves up five varieties of ...

Monarch Cupcake makes regal entrance to Tokyo

Food & Drink | DESSERT WATCH Feb 17, 2015

Monarch Cupcake makes regal entrance to Tokyo

The neighborhood of Omotesando already has a surplus of trendy pancake, chocolate and sugared-up popcorn shops. But the area became even sweeter with the opening last Saturday of Monarch Cupcake (3-24-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; www.monarchcupcake.com). Founded by British-born Furva Saleem, the speciality shop, which is being ...

Fujiya Co. adds fizz and sparkle with macaron set

Food & Drink | DESSERT WATCH Feb 10, 2015

Fujiya Co. adds fizz and sparkle with macaron set

Confectionary chain Fujiya Co. has added a little pop to their macaron selection with the introduction of a Sparkling Macaron set (¥500) featuring three soda-flavored sweets. The trio of cola, ramune (soda) and lemon squash flavors come with a creamy center of crackling candies to ...