music

J-Pop group Travis Japan’s worldwide major debut single “Just Dance!” dances into the charts

The group’s debut single performs exceptionally well on the U.S. music charts as its members look collectively towards the future.

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The 2022 Soraniwa Music Festival: A day of music, laughter, and family atmosphere

After previously taking part in all kinds of prep work, Seiji finally experiences the culmination of his fellow team members’ hard work and dreams.

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The Japanese convenience store with a secret DJ booth in the basement

“Record Conveni” is the coolest combini in town!

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One Piece singer Ado announces partnership to bring her music to the U.S., rest of the world【Vid】

Mysterious singing sensation addresses fans in English in special video message.

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Preparing for the Soraniwa Music Festival in the mountains of Kanagawa

Seiji revisits his musician roots while discovering how the individuals of one local community have built a lasting celebration of music and family.

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Ed Sheeran becomes a Pokémon anime character for new music video【Video】

”Celestial” video sees Ed Sheeran meet up with his favorite Pokémon species and fight against the series’ greatest antagonist.

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So long, CDs – Japan’s Geo chain will no longer purchase used compact discs

Decision starts the countdown to the chain’s end of selling used CDs too.

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Japan’s biggest K-pop fans might just be senior citizens, survey shows

Fandom knows no age!

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One more reason to be hyped about Spy x Family Season 2: The theme song is awesome【Video】

Beloved J-rock band’s new song is bumping up the excitement for the hit anime’s new season.

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Rock princess Avril Lavigne takes us back to 2002 with performance on Japanese YouTube channel

The singer-songwriter’s intimate, acoustic performance on The First Take reminded fans of what made Avril so great in the first place.

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Going to a wedding in Japan? Make sure you like Bruno Mars or Maroon 5, survey says

Japanese couples rank their favourite songs to play at weddings.

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What happens when a 40-something dude goes to an anime boy band fan event? Something emotional

Learning both what Sutopuri is and what makes them special all in the same day!

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We test out Daiso’s “High-Quality Stereo Earphones” and find a pair that actually impressed us

Can 300 yen (US$2.26) headphones actually have enough difference in sound quality to be distinguished?

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World’s first Takoyaki Guitar created in Japan, features a gas grill and octopus balls

The best-sounding takoyaki you’ll ever hear.

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Travis Japan, the hot Japanese boy band winning hearts through America’s Got Talent【Video】

We spotlight the J-Pop group that’s now based in the U.S. and is taking over with their charismatic performances on America’s Got Talent and more.

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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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