music

Tokyo’s Nakano adds rock and disco to its annual summer bon dance【Videos】

The neighborhood that invented the Obon Jovi dance is back with a new set list of rock and disco hits.

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Japanese heavy metal band Maximum the Hormone’s London gig gives our reporter new outlook on life

Intense heavy metal gig leaves our Maximum the Hormone newbie wanting to live life to the fullest.

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What’s it like to attend an idol concert where they’re singing lyrics that you wrote? Complicated

Struggling musician Seiji attends the major debut of Gilty x Gilty, where they sing a song with lyrics written by…Seiji.

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Journey through Ainu myth in the old-meets-new forest night walk Kamuy Lumina experience

This nighttime cultural experience in Hokkaido combines nature, storytelling, and digital art to immerse visitors in the stories of the Ainu.

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Is the AKB48-style idol singer promotion system limiting Japanese music’s global appeal?

Prominent music critic puts the blame on idol “hostess club” tactics for Japan’s lack of “competitive ability,” but fans say that’s missing the point.

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Do most Japanese Gen Z music lovers skip the guitar solo in songs? Survey finds out

Online survey investigates one specific way that the youth of today consume, or rather don’t consume, music.

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Life after the band — how a former guitarist in a punk band became a fair trade barista

The story of how one guy decided to stick it to the man with coffee beans rather than punk music.

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Japanese startup to use NFTs to simplify the music copyright system

But to TM an NFT is NG AFAIK.

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High school girl arrested for stalking Johnny’s 7 MEN Samurai member

Luckily no one was harmed in the tense encounter.

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This tatami mat platform with built-in vibration speakers promises the ultimate sound experience

Don’t just listen to music; feel it with your body!

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Japan’s most punk rock candy store can be found in Tokyo

Owner is easily the coolest clown around.

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Rock legend Gene Simmons has no problem with otaku marrying their 2-D anime crushes

Can’t understand why someone would want to marry someone who’s not real? That’s not what’s important, Kiss frontman says.

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Eurobeat intensifies! Initial D sequel anime will stay the course with dance music soundtrack【Vid】

Accelerator down and volume up as MF Ghost pulls up with a new teaser and familiar sound.

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Tokyo rapper arrested for tagging Yamanote Line while drunk

Public not all that shocked by the news.

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Hikaru Utada releasing vinyl version of all albums, pop-up store opening in Shibuya

Nightly Hikaru Mix DJ events to stream online.

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New Zealand prime minster welcomed to Japan by kiwi mascot characters, surreally somber dance

Following reception by the Japanese government, it was the Kiwi Brothers’ turn to say hello.

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The Sailor Moon theme song is based on another song about drinking a lot of tequila【Video】

Forget fighting evil, the original is about drinking and dancing by moonlight instead.

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Undertale’s Toby Fox composed the music for newest Japanese commercial for Pocari Sweat

Game developer collaborates with two Japanese artists for video with actress returning from last year’s amazing ad.

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Pikachus perform classical Japanese dance routine for Japan’s most famous cherry blossom song【Vid】

With sakura in bloom, a trio of dancing Pokémon give us a moment of beauty, something to smile about, and a Japanese language lesson.

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Snoop Dogg’s cookbook gets a rebrand in Japan

“From Crook to Cook” just doesn’t have the same catchy appeal here as it does overseas.

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