The big one first...I interviewed long-running J-pop idols Negicco for The Japan Times. Talked about onions, Shibuya-kei and a lot more: "The crowd at the sold-out Liquidroom show furiously pumps glowsticks shaped like green onions in time with the beat coming out of the venue’s sound system. They scream when three young women appear, and [...]
Three stories in the Japan Times today, which meant a really busy week! - I interviewed Sugar's Campaign, the J-pop outfit featuring producers Seiho and Avec Avec, for the music page. Really fun interview, and a group worth checking out. Read it here. - My first Food page feature story ran, too! It was a [...]
From here on out, Wednesday will be the day when the bulk of my writing for The Japan Times goes up. Between music and food, this is a busy one. This week, I reviewed the new album from E-Girls and Fukuoka producer Shigge, and also reviewed the Lawson convenience store chain's new premium French fries.
I'm currently spinning a whole lot of plates, so expect a sudden flow of new articles in the coming weeks...but first, dessert! I wrote about a really good cake shaped like a sheep for The Japan Times. Read about it here.
Small but cool development -- I'm taking over The Japan Times' convenience store column (and, starting next week, dessert column). If you have ever met me, you will know this is a natural development, as most of my meals come from convenience stores. Read the first, about Pepsi Pink Cola, here.
I ate and reviewed a grilled cheese in Harajuku for Esquire's Grilled Cheese Month. It was delicious (but it had lettuce and tomato on it). Read it here.
Flexing my variety a bit near the end of the week. I reviewed the (really really delicious) burger at Tokyo restaurant Blacows for Esquire this week. "The gourmet burger boom is no longer an exclusively American phenomenon. New restaurants specializing in the haute fast food are popping up here all the time, and accordingly, publications [...]