BRATS Ainikoiyo/Nounai Shoukyo Game
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BRATS return with new CD release… Rei Kuromiya lives an interesting life, dividing her time between idol outfit The Idol Formerly Known As LADYBABY – as well as the rock outfit BRATS which she shares with sister Aya Kuromiya. Now … Read More

Ikutaro Kakehashi 1930 – 2017
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Japan’s music industry lost a legend recently with the passing of IKUTARO KAKEHASHI. Founder of the Roland company, Kakehashi was a pioneer of electronic music whose impact is still being felt in the music business today. Much of Roland’s early … Read More

GALILEO GALILEI
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It’s always hard to say goodbye to a band that you love, especially when their music has had a major impact on your life. You know the kind we are talking about: the ones whose music you play on repeat … Read More

J-Pop Go Songs of 2015
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2015 was a particularly strong year for J-pop which saw some old favourites as well as the debuts of some fine talents. Here’s our take of the best songs of the year… Otsukare Summer – Dempagumi.inc The arrival of Dempagumi.Inc’s … Read More

HYPER JAPAN Xmas Market 2015
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With the winter chill bearing down, HYPER JAPAN warmed crowds up with a diverse variety of musical entertainment… The Christmas Market version of Hyper Japan can often feel like a scaled down version of its summer event – particularly following … Read More

HIMEZAWA – WAGAMAMA LOVE
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Making her singing debut, HIMEZAWA steps forth with new single release ‘Wagamama Love’… Originally hailing from Germany, HIMEZAWA spent a brief time in the UK before moving to Japan where she became a model for Asobisystem. Her cosplaying career kicked … Read More

JAPAN MATSURI 2015
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This September sees the return of the JAPAN MATSURI to Trafalgar Square, London. The annual event features a variety of stage performances, singers, Japanese food, stalls and much more! This year marks a special anniversary celebrating 150 years of friendship … Read More

SAORI HAYAMI And The Music Of Snow White With The Red Hair
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Based in Tokyo, SAORI HAYAMI enjoys a varied career between voice-acting, singing and hosting her radio show Free Style. Growing up, Saori was lucky enough to be exposed to all sorts of different music genres in the family house, from … Read More

The Musical Talents Of CLANNAD
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Touching anime series Clannad presents a slice-of-life story that follows high school delinquent Tomoya Okazaki. As a troubled soul, Tomoya battles a fractious relationship with both his father and his school. But Tomoya’s life is about to radically change when … Read More

The Musical Worlds Of AYA HIRANO & YUI HORIE
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Two of the brightest stars on the anime song circuit, AYA HIRANO and YUI HORIE combined their talents for the supernatural antics of anime series Nura Rise of the Yokai. But prior to this, the pair had built up a … Read More

The Music Of LAST EXILE
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LAST EXILE emerged as a series that set the bar for stylish, intelligent anime. The carefully crafted design work and thrilling narrative provided a compelling combination in hand with the sweeping orchestral elements of the soundtrack. The breathtaking visual style … Read More

FEAR OF AN IDOL PLANET
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A few weeks back a curious feature popped up on the Hyper Japan website. It was a puff piece designed to draw attention to the fact that Dempagumi.inc are to perform at the summer event, which is big news considering … Read More

The Music Tradition of KOHAKU UTA GASSEN
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While Christmas in Japan is a very different experience to those that we enjoy in the west, there’s a familiar tradition that arrives every New Year’s Eve in the shape of Kohaku Uta Gassen. This has become the show that … Read More

MOMOIRO CLOVER Z vs KISS
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It was always a most unlikely collaboration: in one corner, the colourful idol outfit MOMOIRO CLOVER Z and the other corner, the classic rock outfit KISS. The finished product is ‘Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina’, a song that was penned … Read More

2015 Music Preview
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Last year proved to be a strong year for J-Pop releases – and along with it came a continuation of the desire for some Japanese artists and record labels to expand into a global market. This interest has obviously been … Read More

Introducing SEKAI NO OWARI
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The Japanese music scene will often serve up some intriguing delights that manage to capture the imagination of the public as well as enjoying a measure of success into the deal. Certainly SEKAI NO OWARI would fit that particular bill. … Read More

JAPAN MATSURI YURUKYARA SHOW ®
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Keep your diary free for September as the JAPAN MATSURI makes a return appearance to Trafalgar Square, London. The annual event features a variety of stage performances, singers, Japanese food, stalls and much more! Part of the theme for this … Read More

PERFUME – CLINGING ON
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With the exception of those living under a rock recently, it’s clear that J-Pop superstars PERFUME have been quite busy recently with song releases and tour plans. ‘Cling Cling’, which offers up Perfume’s 25th single release (20th on a major … Read More

Introducing SAYACONCEPT
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It’s not often that a musical outfit can effortlessly straddle two different music genres, but Japanese duo SAYACONCEPT appear to have mastered that particular feat. Comprised of Mina Mermoud (vocals, sanshin, violin) and Alexandre Dai Castaing (production, percussion), Sayaconcept present … Read More

The Music of Yasuharu Takanashi
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Much of the stirring music of anime series such as Naruto and Fairy Tail come courtesy of musician and composer YASUHARU TAKANASHI. Spanning a diverse number of anime titles, including Pretty Cure and Log Horizon, Takanashi has lent his particular … Read More

MOMOIRO CLOVER NIGHTMARE
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The release of 5TH DIMENSION in 2013 landed MOMOIRO CLOVER Z with their first No.1 position on the Oricon charts, shifting over 235,000 copies. It’s time to catch up with what our colourful 5-piece outfit have been up to since. … Read More

‘K’ and the music of angela
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In the new anime series K, Yashiro Isana’s life is ordinary and uneventful. As a student at Ashinaka High School (notable for its unique location on an island), Yashiro suddenly finds his life turned upside down when he’s implicated in … Read More

INTRODUCING : KELSEY ELLISON
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We’ve been keen to keep an eye open on the rising UK performers scene here at J-Pop Go over the years. A scene that’s brought us Beckii Cruel and Scarlett Young amongst others, emerging from the rapid sink or swim … Read More

BECAUSE I’M A DOLL – FLAVIYAKE
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It’s time to catch up on our favorite musical Moldovian as FLAVIYAKE unveils her latest video ‘Because I’m A Doll’, whose cartoon world explores the ideas of the perception of women and sexual politics. As Flaviyake herself explains: “‘Because I’m … Read More

DIE MILCH launch YouTube channel
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J-Pop Go was struck by the talents of DIE MILCH, particularly on the back of debut album METRONOM which boasted a collection of baroque pop tunes with a strong sense of classical influences and contemporary musical touches. Now a new … Read More

J-POP GO SONGS OF THE YEAR 2013 : PART 2
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Another year and another fine collection of tracks. As with last year’s list we’ve tried to select the best songs in a year that was flooded with top notch tunes. The list is not necessarily in order of preference but … Read More

J-POP GO SONGS OF THE YEAR 2013 : PART 1
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Another year and another fine collection of tracks. As with last year’s list we’ve tried to select the best songs in a year that was flooded with top notch tunes. The list is not necessarily in order of preference but … Read More

2013 – THE YEAR IN REVIEW
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2013 proved to be a very busy year in the world of J-Pop, particularly for the UK which saw some significant events and pointed the way forward for an intriguing future. We look at the highlights of the year, including … Read More

THE DREAM WORLD OF FIFI RONG
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Songwriter and singer Fifi Rong has been carefully building up her own musical profile over recent years, an effort which has resulted in the captivating debut single ‘Over You’. Originating from from China, Fifi has weaved in Chinese Folk elements … Read More

Introducing FLAVIYAKE
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Next weekend’s LAC event features a guest appearance by Electropop Princess FLAVIYAKE. As a child, the young Flaviya was convinced that she was an alien who had been sent to observe life on earth. There’s certainly an otherwordly quality in … Read More

Viewing VAMPS
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For dedicated London-based VAMPS fans, last weekend brought an unexpected bonus in the shape of a live screening of their Tokyo concert at Zepp DiverCity. This particular treat was also being enjoyed at select cinemas globally, including Hong Kong, Barcelona, … Read More

Pop Info : PERFUME
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PERFUME finally make their live UK debut this week allowing some lucky Londoners the chance to see this obscure Japanese acoustic folk combo in action. The Technopop Trio have come a long way from their humble beginnings in Hiroshima and … Read More

15 Facts about PERFUME
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PERFUME have clocked up an impressive number of record releases and live performances since the group formed. So it’s natural that the outfit are going to accumulate all sorts of interesting stories, trivia and gossip. With PERFUME due to make … Read More

PERFUME Videos
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With PERFUME due to make their UK debut this week, there’s much discussion on the potential list of songs that the girls will be performing live. which songs are you hoping will make the final setlist? Here’s a brief selection … Read More

Issue 3 of ELECTRONIC SOUND with PERFUME
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ELECTRONIC SOUND is a new UK music magazine dedicated to the very best in electronic music. This iPad-only publication has gone from strength to strength with exclusive interviews, features and reviews – and issue 3 is now out featuring PERFUME! … Read More

The music of LAST EXILE
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The 2003 anime series LAST EXILE was a breathtaking combination of stunning visuals (featuring designs by famed illustrator Range Murata) and gripping story. One of the elements of the series that made it work so well was the music that … Read More

Pop Info: KYARY PAMYU PAMYU
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If there’s one J-Pop artist who’s rapidly achieved success in the music industry, it’s KYARY PAMYU PAMYU. With her World Tour behind her, Kyary’s latest single release titled ‘Invader Invader’ is out today. As part of a new feature, let’s … Read More

AKB48’s Minami Minegishi talks about the head shaving incident
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Several months after the drama that surrounded AKB48 member Minami Minegishi, Minami appears on the cover of woman’s magazine Fujin Koron and chats about the incident that caused so much debate. Minami had made a tearful appearance on a video … Read More

Introducing TEMPURA KIDZ
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Keen-eyed viewers for some of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s performances may have spotted the fact that her backing dancers were a little on the short side. The children that made up Kyary’s crew have revealed more than a small element of … Read More

The Many Musical Hats of TOMOKO KAWASE
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The release of February & Heavenly in 2012 marked the return of Tomoko Kawase’s alter egos Tommy February6 and Tommy Heavenly6. It was a reminder that Tomoko likes to keep herself busy, either in the guise of her other selves … Read More

Idol Wars
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If there’s been one story that’s set the blogosphere alight recently, it’s the drama that surrounded AKB48 member Minami Minegishi in which Minegishi was photographed spending the night at GENERATIONS’ Alan Shirahama’s home earlier this year, in breach of the … Read More

KYARY PAMYU PAMYU at O2 London
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The February weather in London was fiercely cold – and there was even a brief flurry of snow, but a minor thing like the British weather couldn’t deter Kyary fans from putting on some amazing outfits to queue outside the … Read More

Introducing YUN*CHI
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Keeping up with the sheer number of J-Pop artists emerging from Japan’s ever-busy music scene can be tough, especially with so many high profile bands and artists appearing to be hogging the limelight. It’s not surprising then that some talents … Read More

2012 – The Year In Review
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As 2012 comes to an end we take some time to review the highlights of the year. It’s been a busy year for J-Pop with stories on the rise of K-Pop, features on cult anime K-ON!, articles on the HYPER … Read More

J-Pop Go Songs Of The Year
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To celebrate the end of the year, here’s a round-up of songs (plus videos) that caught our attention throughout 2012. You like J-Pop and we like J-Pop, so let’s look at some great tunes as 2012 reaches its end (it’s … Read More

J-POP GO Gallery Update
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Our last J-Pop Go live event, which took place at the Vibe Bar back in November, featured the talents of Naomi Suzuki, Sonia Leong along with Marshmallow Llama Time. As one of our final end of year treats, check out … Read More

GAMETIME – Oishii! Ichigo
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Taking their lead from Japan’s diverse Idol outfits, Oishii!Ichigo are the UK’s own homegrown equivalent, albeit without the generous financial backing of record labels or marketing outfits. Instead, the Oishii! Outfit are a good example of enthusiasts pooling their resources … Read More

HYPER JAPAN Christmas 2012
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Not satisfied with staging one event per year, it appears that Hyper Japan are keen to test the market for a bi-annual Japanese culture event. Judging by the crowds attending this November show that decision was largely successful. The event … Read More

Laika the Space Dog and Akino Arai
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This week in November marks a particular landmark in the history of the Russian space programme. On 3rd November 1957 the Russians sent a dog into space onboard Sputnik 2. The dog, named Laika, has since become a legendary, if … Read More

Introducing JULIE WATAI
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Japan has enjoyed a history of a broad range of electronic acts, from the likes of classic Technopop acts such as YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA to the moody electronic compositions of JESSE RUINS. This eclectic range of electronic artists on the … Read More

TOQUIWA
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Feisty 3-piece outfit TOQUIWA have their eponymous new album out today, so it’s time for a J-Pop Go review… Although this marks TOQUIWA’s first album release, the band had already notched up a selection of releases under their previous incarnation … Read More

Happy Anniversary HATSUNE MIKU
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Today marks the 5th anniversary of our favourite Vocaloid HATSUNE MIKU – the virtual singer has clocked up a staggering number of songs and videos and shows no sign of her popularity waning. Hatsune Miku sprang to life on this … Read More

J-Pop Go Summer Event Review
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Summer proved to be a hectic schedule for J-Pop Go with guest slots at the London Anime Club and also at Amecon (the UK’s largest anime convention). But the main event was our own evening of J-Pop goodness which took … Read More

Adventures at AMECON
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Amecon 2012 drew to a close last Sunday evening after 3 days of entertainment, stories, events and general mayhem. The event, which is the UK’s largest anime convention, is a fan-run event which has been running since 2004 featuring cosplay … Read More

PERFUME get controversial
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The PV for Perfume’s new single release Spending All My Time has now been released. Spending All My Time marks Perfume’s 21st single release (following Spring Of Life which was issued back in April) and the video features more of … Read More

Idols, Anime & Reality
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For most anime and manga fans, the Japanese concept of an idol won’t be an unfamiliar thing. From Super Dimensional Force Macross to this year’s Symphogear, idols have been represented in anime as charismatic pop stars with the ability to … Read More

The Girl Power Revolution of K-ON!
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Can K-On! simply be categorised as a moe series pandering to a male audience? Or is it lending inspiration to the female audience and encouraging their own musical ambitions? Kat Kourbetti looks at the issue… The running joke amongst anime … Read More

Crafting K-On! : The Music Of Tom H@ck
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The classic anime series K-On! built its reputation on its music which could have resulted in a passable if pedestrian series of insert songs. Thankfully, this task was placed in the right hands from the start courtesy of musician and … Read More

YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA & FRIENDS The Influence of Japanese Technopop
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One of first Japanese bands to have a Top 20 hit single in the UK was YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA in 1980 with the instrumental Firecracker, often referred to as Computer Game (Theme From The Invader). A cover of a 1959 … Read More

Introducing KYARY PAMYU PAMYU
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PonPonPon marks the debut single from blogger-turned-singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and is a slice of infectious pop that’s just as beguiling as the bonkers video that accompanies it. Kyary’s singing career comes on the back of her alternative life as … Read More