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Writing about “Final Fantasy XIV: Dad Of Light” and the changing perception of Japanese TV for Japan Times

Wrote about a show I enjoyed recently, and how it reflects bigger changes in how Japanese TV is perceived in America. “Final Fantasy XIV: Dad of Light” follows a story familiar to anyone who knows Japanese TV dramas. A son and father grow distant, so the young man thinks up a convoluted plan to bond [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Japan, TV|Comments Off on Writing about “Final Fantasy XIV: Dad Of Light” and the changing perception of Japanese TV for Japan Times

Went to Ultra Japan 2017 for The Japan Times

Braved a typhoon to go to Ultra Japan 2017 for The Japan Times. Security tugs a woozy-looking man toward the exit of Odaiba Ultra Park after he got in a scuffle with another festivalgoer. His opponent, only steps behind, has bright red bumps on his face. He approaches a guard and, with a smile, snaps [...]

By | September 20th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Went to Ultra Japan 2017 for The Japan Times

Writing about Japanese electronic music interested in the past for Bandcamp Daily

Nostalgia—for a place or time now lost, or memories of something purely imagined—has long been a central theme in art and entertainment. The ability to access media from anytime or anywhere via the Internet has allowed people a wider palette to revisit the past and construct their own world from it, especially in Japanese culture. [...]

By | September 12th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Japanese electronic music interested in the past for Bandcamp Daily

Writing about A-Nation for Hello Asia!

Went to A-Nation, and wrote about the experience for Hello Asia! The annual A-Nation event has built to a familiar finale for some time now. Since starting in 2002, the showcase organized by J-pop heavyweight Avex Entertainment has almost always finished with Ayumi Hamasaki gracing the stage last. It has been a fitting conclusion, seeing [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about A-Nation for Hello Asia!

Writing about Summer Sonic for The Japan Times

Went to the 2017 edition of Summer Sonic, and wrote it up for The Japan Times. This year’s Summer Sonic had its craziest moment on Sunday night when 1980s singer Rick Astley joined the Foo Fighters for the latter’s headlining performance. “Come on you motherf———!” Astley bellowed at the thousands of fans gathered in Chiba’s [...]

By | August 23rd, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Summer Sonic for The Japan Times

Spoke with She Talks Silence for Metropolis

For the August issue of Metropolis here in Tokyo, I caught up with She Talks Silence, one of the indie rock scene's better artists. In 2017, music has become more fragmented than ever, and this is true especially in Japan. The arrival of streaming services — not to mention increased attention given to YouTube as [...]

By | August 16th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Spoke with She Talks Silence for Metropolis

Sounding off about trash for The Japan Times

Wrote about trash, and how people online in Japan are reacting to it. By all accounts, this year’s Fuji Rock Festival was a success. Punters of all ages and demographics enjoyed the laid-back vibe at the three-day music spectacular — give or take the constant rain — and most social media posts about the event [...]

By | August 12th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Sounding off about trash for The Japan Times