Writing about drone comedians at The Daily Dot and Shake Shack at Eater

Two new stories went up at the end of last week, at two new sites for me on top of that. I talked to Japan's first "drone comedian" for The Daily Dot; "Drones have been grabbing headlines in Japan over the past year, but rarely for positive reasons. Although the devices have been used to [...]

By | 2015-11-15T03:53:51+00:00 November 15th, 2015|Food, Japan|Comments Off on Writing about drone comedians at The Daily Dot and Shake Shack at Eater

Two new Japan Times stories: Women rappers and beer garden alternatives

Two new stories in the Japan Times over the past few days. First up, a new wave of women who rap, but aren't really rappers in their words. "Hip-hop is a major force on the American music charts, but its presence has been less prominent in Japan. Elements of the wider culture have found their [...]

By | 2016-10-18T01:15:06+00:00 June 30th, 2015|Food, Japan, Music|Comments Off on Two new Japan Times stories: Women rappers and beer garden alternatives

CD reviews and dessert watch in The Japan Times

A few Friday staples to share -- it's CD review time for the month, and for May I focused on miwa's very good Oneness and Parupunte's Primitive, which you can read here. For dessert corner, I ate Ben & Jerry's Brrr-ito because it is vaguely topical.

By | 2015-05-15T14:05:27+00:00 May 15th, 2015|Food, Japan, Music|Comments Off on CD reviews and dessert watch in The Japan Times

Writing about Tokyo’s incoming Mexican-food wave and talking to Natsume Mito for The Japan Times

Two articles over at The Japan Times to end the week...first, I talked to people involved with the new Taco Bell in Shibuya (which caused a bunch of media excitement) and several other Mexican restaurant owners in the capital about a potential boost in popularity in Mexican food. "It’s 8 a.m. on an overcast Tuesday [...]

By | 2015-04-24T15:17:26+00:00 April 24th, 2015|Food, Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Tokyo’s incoming Mexican-food wave and talking to Natsume Mito for The Japan Times

New week catch-up post: Final SXSW story, live reports, cakes and CD reviews.

A few things that were published late last week. - Last story from SXSW is now up! I interviewed Japanese band the fin. for MTV 81, read that here. - In Japan, I went to a show featuring a bunch of incredible netlabel acts. Read that here on MTV 81 as well. - This week's [...]

By | 2015-04-20T13:51:19+00:00 April 20th, 2015|Food, Japan, Music|Comments Off on New week catch-up post: Final SXSW story, live reports, cakes and CD reviews.

Small stories about Record Store Day Japan and 1% alcohol beverages

Two small things for The Japan Times...first, a small guide to this year's Record Store Day Japan. "It has taken a few years to catch on in Japan, but Record Store Day (RSD) is now well-known among music fans. This year’s edition falls on April 18, so look out for limited-edition items and a few [...]

By | 2015-04-13T14:27:34+00:00 April 13th, 2015|Food, Japan, Music|Comments Off on Small stories about Record Store Day Japan and 1% alcohol beverages