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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Over at Time Out Tokyo, I was asked to review fellow music writer Ian Martin's book "Quit Your Band." It's good! Read the review here.
Busy month, but almost forgot to mention two recent articles in The Japan Times. First off, I caught up with the folks behind Showa Kayo Night for their recent Ooomori Edition: Justin Miller isn’t a stranger to Japanese TV. He has been a guest on various morning shows to promote Showa Kayo Night, a party [...]
Starting the week off with a trio of album reviews at The Japan Times. All of them are good in their own ways -- the latest from G.Rina, DJ Okawari and For Tracy Hyde.