Isao Tomita's journey from snowflakes to holograms

Jan 10, 2016

Isao Tomita's journey from snowflakes to holograms

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Composer Isao Tomita will turn 84 this year, but that won't stop him creating a synth soundtrack for a dancing hologram, to realize the dream of his ballet dancer (and rocket scientist) friend who passed away in 1999. Tomita, a pioneering synthesizer musician, wrapped up ...

Virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku performs first 'live' show in China

May 21, 2015

Virtual pop idol Hatsune Miku performs first 'live' show in China

Japanese virtual pop sensation Hatsune Miku has toured the world, performing "live" on stages from Singapore to Los Angeles and even opening for Lady Gaga. But despite legions of adoring fans and worldwide recognition, the computer-generated star, who made her first concert appearance overseas in ...

Hard rock, J-pop rule Summer Sonic

Aug 14, 2013

Hard rock, J-pop rule Summer Sonic

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Veteran Japanese rockers Mr. Children attracted so many fans to this year's edition of the Summer Sonic music festival that they made Smashing Pumpkins' frontman Billy Corgan upset. "Thank-you for the warm reception," he said sarcastically in Osaka on Saturday, in response to the legions ...

Roppongi Hills gets love on its 10th anniversary

May 3, 2013

Roppongi Hills gets love on its 10th anniversary

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Roppongi Hills was unlike anything Tokyo had ever seen before. Until it opened 10 years ago, Roppongi was more often seen as a "High Touch Town," where businessmen partied with foreign hostesses and off-duty soldiers packed the nightclubs.