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

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