FEAR OF AN IDOL PLANET

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

Looking at Japan’s traditional Christmas music show 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 … Read More

MOMOIRO CLOVER Z vs KISS

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

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

J-Pop Go in Japan Update Weekly

Japan Update Weekly is a free newspaper distributed amongst Japanese-themed restaurants, shops and outlets in the UK. This week’s issue has its focus on J-Pop Go courtesy of an interview with Paul Browne. The interview covers the initial inspirations behind … Read More

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