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Writing about “Your Name’s” success in Japan for The Atlantic

Long time since I've written for The Atlantic, but I returned late last week with an article about the success of "Your Name" in Japan. A fact that will come up in nearly every review of the film Your Name as it opens in theaters across North America this weekend is how it was the [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Anime, Japan, Movies|Comments Off on Writing about “Your Name’s” success in Japan for The Atlantic

Talking to Phew for Bandcamp Daily

For Bandcamp Daily, I talked with experimental legend Phew about her new alubm. The last two years have been rewarding for fans of Japanese experimental artist Phew. She’s released a pair of full-lengths—2015’s A New World and the off-kilter Light Sleep, released this past March via New York label Mesh-Key. This is an especially welcome [...]

By | April 6th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talking to Phew for Bandcamp Daily

Talking to Looprider for April’s issue of Metropolis

For this month's issue of Metropolis, I talked to the band Looprider, and looked at how the geography of Tokyo's rock landscape is changing. The musical geography of Tokyo has long been divided up by neighborhoods. You go to Koenji if you are looking for artists on the punk or experimental side. Shimokitazawa houses rock [...]

By | April 3rd, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Talking to Looprider for April’s issue of Metropolis

Talking to Dominique Ansel for Metropolis

I talked to chef Dominique Ansel for Metropolis, as his new shop in Ginza opens this week. Usually, Dominique Ansel gives the staff working at his bakery based in Tokyo’s Omotesando neighborhood a warning before dropping in. In late 2016, the French-born chef and restaurant operator tells Metropolis that he paid a surprise visit to [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Talking to Dominique Ansel for Metropolis

Talked to Radwimps for The Japan Times

For this week's Japan Times' cover story, I talked to the band Radwimps, who wrote the soundtrack to the movie "Your Name" which has been a massive hit in the last year (to say the least): Yokohama Arena feels special on this chilly Tuesday night in early March. It’s here that Radwimps — a rock [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|Anime, Japan, Movies, Music|Comments Off on Talked to Radwimps for The Japan Times

Sounding off about JASRAC in the Japan Times

The Japan Times runs an occasional opinion column called "Sound Off," and I stepped on the soapbox this month to talk about copyright: At the start of 2017, it was hard to imagine a way that the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) could garner more hate from social media users [...]

By | March 13th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Sounding off about JASRAC in the Japan Times

Writing about “kawaii” for Red Bull Music Academy

Accompanying a new video series, I wrote an intro article about "kawaii" for Red Bull Music Academy: The word “kawaii” gets thrown around a lot in Japan. Spend a day in Tokyo and you might hear the word, generally translated to English as “cute,” used to describe clothing displays, pancakes topped with fresh fruit or [...]

By | February 26th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about “kawaii” for Red Bull Music Academy