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

Writing about YouTubers and Paellas at The Japan Times

Two stories this week, both of which I'm quite happy with. First off, I looked into the ever-growing world of English-language YouTubers in Japan. Specifically, I wanted to see if making a living from this — and obtaining the proper visas — was possible. I met up with one of the country's most popular vloggers, [...]

By | January 18th, 2017|Japan, Music, New Media, Technology|Comments Off on Writing about YouTubers and Paellas at The Japan Times

Writing about ryokan for Ethiopian Airlines and looking at 2017 for Metropolis

Two stories to start 2017...first, for Ethiopian Airlines in-flight magazine, I wrote about some of the best traditional Japanese hotels in Tokyo. Read that here, unless you find yourself on one of their flights sometime soon. I also talked with a few of the artists in Japan who had big years in 2016, and asked [...]

By | January 4th, 2017|Japan, Music, Travel|Comments Off on Writing about ryokan for Ethiopian Airlines and looking at 2017 for Metropolis

Looking back at the year in J-Pop for The Japan Times

Looked back at the year that was for The Japan Times, and focused on a divide in power that has emerged over the last 12 months. Media, both domestic and overseas, spent a lot of time focused on the streaming services arriving in Japan in 2016. Months of “Can these platforms thrive in CD-loving Japan?” [...]

By | December 18th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Looking back at the year in J-Pop for The Japan Times

Catching up with tofubeats for Metropolis Magazine

Caught up with one of my favorite artists tofubeats for my first-ever magazine cover story, for Metropolis Magazine: Yusuke Kawai grew up just outside of Kobe in a “new town,” the Japanese term for a planned community. Kawai, who records music under the name tofubeats, describes his government-developed hometown: “There’s no city center and no [...]

By | December 9th, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Catching up with tofubeats for Metropolis Magazine

Writing about Toyomu and Ex Confusion for The Japan Times

Two new stories in The Japan Times this week. In the bigger of the two, I talked to electronic producer Toyomu about imagining Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo and moving on from that. American rapper Kanye West’s seventh album, “The Life Of Pablo,” felt inescapable when it emerged this past February. But that wasn’t [...]

By | November 22nd, 2016|Japan, Music|Comments Off on Writing about Toyomu and Ex Confusion for The Japan Times