And finally, some music to play us out for the week — from J-Pop to classical, something for everyone:
- Promising a “special Fuji Rock under special circumstances,” the festival known for being Japan’s premier showcase for overseas acts is going completely local this year, writes Shaun McKenna, with an entirely Japan-based roster. And here it is.
- Made in South Korea but totally Japanese, the nine-member pop act NiziU moved from a reality TV show competition to the top of the Japanese music charts with ease — and that was the strategy all along, writes Patrick St. Michel.
- Satoko Fujii is arguably the most prolific pianist in jazz — if also among the most underrecognized. Since the 1990s she has released close to 100 albums, and in the pandemic she’s raising the tempo, with 12 more and counting, The New York Times reports.
- Violinist Kumi Takahara’s debut album, “See-Through,” may be rooted in classical but it blooms with contemporary influences, ambient music, natural sounds and bold experimentation. Think sonic snapshots for your living room or your socially distanced stroll in the park, writes Russell Thomas.
- An Indonesian artist covering an American pop hit in Japanese — now that’s globalization. When Rainych Ran decided to tackle Doja Cat’s “Say So” in Nihongo, she could never have predicted it would rack up 22 million YouTube views and a deal with Sony, she tells St. Michel.