music

Ramen shop uses name of American rock band, gets invite to…Battle of the Bands?

‘Hardcore noodle shop’ in Tokyo received an invitation to rock out in the U.S. — or did they?

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Japanese apartment renter gets told he “sucks at rapping,” asked by management to shut up

Diss is backed up by landlord in an example of Japanese renting etiquette.

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Video surfaces of Mr. Sato’s days as an alternative rock bassist and amateur animator

He was apparently a big Degrassi fan too judging by his clothes.

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Hundreds of otaku line up to get spanked by anime voice actress at Tokyo event

Star of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Symphogear gives a very special hello to her fans’ butts.

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The One and Only Nose in the World – talented girl plays recorders using her nose [video]

“What a waste of talent…this is awesome,” one Twitter user commented.

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Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World preview shows fans busting moves, mystery block

Electropop outfit Galantis and pop singer Charli XCX made a Mario-influenced bop to promote USJ’s latest land!

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X Japan’s Yoshiki makes large donation for Australian wildfire relief, rainforest conservation

J-rock legend calls on others to commit to conservation and sustainability.

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Japanese Twitter users surprised to learn that “Yoko Ono-ing” is a verb in English

”As a Japanese person, it’s not something I can feel proud about,” says commenter as British royal family shakeup teaches English vocabulary.

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“Newtype” Hatsune Miku poised for comeback in 2020

But don’t call it a comeback. She’s been here for years.

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Election to determine the best Final Fantasy, game, character, boss, and music underway

And what has your public broadcaster done for you lately?

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Talented Japanese railway worker gives commuters serendipitous surprise on station piano

This railway worker is pulling more than just heart strings!

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Yoshiki and Kiss to perform together again on Japan’s New Year’s Eve music extravaganza Kohaku

NHK wanted the best, they got the best.

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Yoshiki makes surprise appearance at Kiss concert in Tokyo 【Video】

Japanese star wanted to honor the band that once helped him through a difficult time.

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How to improve your singing at karaoke with a deceivingly simple trick

For those who are microphone-shy or desire that perfect performance, there’s a shockingly easy way to hit higher notes (and higher scores).

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Japanese hit song “Paprika” goes global with English version by new singers and dancers

In case you’re wondering why your kids are doing something like the “Thriller” dance all of a sudden.

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Trouble with stalkers? Japanese moving company offers discount to musicians trying to escape fans

Multiple music-related scenarios earn band members cheaper bills.

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Dam management finds laughably clever way to deter nighttime thrill-seekers in Japan【Video】

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, including this team of workers who used their own local brand of heroism to prank visitors at night. 

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Japanese version of Frozen 2’s “Into the Unknown” is a powerful return for Elsa’s singer in Japan

Video shows off famous Japanese actress/vocalist’s newest song for Disney’s snow queen.

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Seiji interviews his teenage crush Yumi Adachi with the spirit of Yngwie Malmsteen

Seiji learns that beautiful women can be a lot like centipedes: more scared of him than he is of them.

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Japanese pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu lashes out at Shibuya Halloween partiers

Someone doesn’t think blasting EDM in the streets is a good pon pon wei to celebrate Halloween.

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