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 ...