The two-sister circus of Charan-Po-Rantan

Music Jun 5, 2018

The two-sister circus of Charan-Po-Rantan

by Alex K.T. Martin

Koharu Matsunaga used to be a fixture on Tokyo's busking circuit, belting out tunes on her button accordion with her gypsy brass band at popular tourist stops like Ueno Park. The main songwriter and the older half of the sister duo Charan-Po-Rantan rarely performs on ...

Never mind the lineup: Fuji Rock is more than music

Music Jul 31, 2015

Never mind the lineup: Fuji Rock is more than music

by James Hadfield

It has only been three years since Fuji Rock Festival posted its highest-ever attendance figures, with a little help from Radiohead and The Stone Roses, but you wouldn't have known it from the steady drumbeat of glumness that heralded this year's edition. Following a ...

Get worldly with duo Charan-Po-Rantan

Music Jun 20, 2013

Get worldly with duo Charan-Po-Rantan

by Alisa Yamasaki

The two sisters of Charan-Po-Rantan say they're content in their own world. On latest album, "Futae no Rasen" ("Double Spiral"), the duo dwells on remaining inside this world — a place soundtracked by an accordion. "I didn't play with friends (growing up) and was always ...