The fun we had at Fuji Rock 2016

Music Jul 31, 2016

The fun we had at Fuji Rock 2016

One of Japan's oldest large-scale rock festivals celebrated 20 years of operation this July. Here's a curated collection of the fun that was had in the mountains of Niigata. [View the story "Fuji Rock Festival 2016" on Storify]

Fuji Rock Festival celebrates 20 years

Music Jul 21, 2016

Fuji Rock Festival celebrates 20 years

by Mark Jarnes

Who doesn't love an anniversary? For couples it's about rekindling moments of first love, for many nations it's about marking a significant moment in history. Anniversaries are, for the most part, true celebrations. "I hate anniversaries," says Masahiro Hidaka, the president of Smash Japan and ...

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 ...

Bo Ningen: 'We're Japanese, but a London band'

Music Jul 10, 2016

Bo Ningen: 'We're Japanese, but a London band'

by Ryotaro Aoki

Though seasoned music festival veterans overseas, the four members of British rock band Bo Ningen had never been to a Japanese event until Fuji Rock in 2013. "It was really fun compared to festivals in other countries," says singer and bassist Taigen Kawabe. "It's clean, ...

Fuji Rock's green thumb is here for good

Music Jul 10, 2016

Fuji Rock's green thumb is here for good

by Mark Jarnes

Anyone who makes the trek out to the mountains of Naeba for the annual Fuji Rock Festival will tell you two things, apart from that they had a great time: It rains, and it's clean for an event of such enormous scale. But it's ...

In search of Japan's essential summer festivals

Culture Jun 23, 2016

In search of Japan's essential summer festivals

by Mark Jarnes

With July just around the corner, Japan is gearing up for another sultry summer. Since the sizzling-hot days only last until early September, people make the most of the season by getting outside — that includes going to film festivals, art and fashion events ...