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

Music 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

Music Aug 14, 2013

Hard rock, J-pop rule Summer Sonic

by Patrick ST. Michel

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

Art May 3, 2013

Roppongi Hills gets love on its 10th anniversary

by Andrew Lee

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.

Hatsune Miku goes highbrow

Music Dec 21, 2012

Hatsune Miku goes highbrow

by Roland Kelts

On her own, Japanese pop superstar Hatsune Miku can't sing. Nor can she rap, dance or DJ. She is drug- and alcohol-free because she can't indulge in either, and she can't have affairs or engage in offstage shenanigans fit for YouTube scandals or tabloid ...