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Small editorial off of recent US trip for The Japan Times

I wrote a small editorial for the Japan Times about my recent experience in the United States. It’s official: You can’t escape politics in America. On a recent trip to Seattle, everyone I spoke to wanted to talk about President Donald Trump. Fittingly, the 2017 edition of the Museum of Pop Culture’s Pop Conference, which [...]

By | May 7th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Small editorial off of recent US trip for The Japan Times

Catching up with De De Mouse for The Japan Times

Caught up with De De Mouse for The Japan Times, and talked about his new album and the sound of pop music globally in 2017: Daisuke Endo made peace with EDM thanks to Mister Donut. The electronic artist, better known by his stage name De De Mouse, eats at the snack chain frequently. Recently, he [...]

By | April 26th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Catching up with De De Mouse for The Japan Times

Writing about new seed-to-table spot Noz for The Japan Times

This weekend, I wrote about new organic restaurant Noz over at The Japan Times: Futoshi Ota has lofty goals for Noz, a new restaurant that brings the grand vision of his company one step closer to reality. “I want people in Japan to know what real agriculture, what the real organic culture is like. What’s [...]

By | April 17th, 2017|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about new seed-to-table spot Noz for The Japan Times

Writing about obscure Japanese reissues for The Japan Times

There is currently deep interest in older, mostly obscure Japanese music from the 1980s going on in the West. I dug into it for The Japan Times. Fans of Japanese vinyl have good reason to be happy. HMV recently opened a store in the Kichijoji area dedicated to selling records — the third such establishment [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about obscure Japanese reissues for The Japan Times

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