The top entertainment stories of 2016

Culture Dec 30, 2016

The top entertainment stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these culture stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Nothing lasts forever: After conflicting reports dominated tabloids, J-pop act SMAP finally announced a breakup planned for New Year's Eve. Regardless of whether it was in-fighting or exhaustion that led ...

Babymetal is having a really good year

Music Jul 17, 2016

Babymetal is having a really good year

by Patrick St. Michel

In the run-up to Fuji Rock Festival, the event's digital team will post video messages on YouTube from performers that are slated to play at the three-day gathering in the mountains of Niigata Prefecture. They tend to get, on average, around 1,000 views. This ...

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

Music Aug 19, 2014

Old and new mingle sweetly at Summer Sonic

by Patrick ST. Michel

After Queen finished "Another One Bites The Dust" — 10 minutes before 8 p.m. on the Sunday of this year's Summer Sonic in Chiba — hundreds of fans darted for the exits of QVC Marine Field Stadium. Security guards and staff with megaphones tried ...

Babymetal "Babymetal"

Music / CD Reviews Mar 18, 2014

Babymetal "Babymetal"

by Patrick ST. Michel

It's not surprising that Babymetal has gone viral. The trio, bringing the seemingly disparate worlds of idol pop and heavy metal together, is a visually striking project perfect for the "weird Japan" fans on the Internet. What's surprising, however, is seeing Babymetal's eponymous debut top ...