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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

Writing about Showa Kayo Night and Quarta330 in The Japan Times

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 [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Showa Kayo Night and Quarta330 in The Japan Times