CHARISMA.COM – Ai Ai Syndrome

With an aggressive lyrical style, CHARISMA.COM challenge your J-pop expectations on this new vinyl release… Although they had been friends at school, it wasn’t until Itsuka and Gonchi left that the pair entertained the idea of doing music together. The … Read More

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4TE’s Chii releases solo single WHY DO I

4TE member Chii releases her solo single ‘Why Do I’ – a smooth electronic pop delight… 4TE are a J-pop-influenced 4-piece based in the US. Formed in 2013, the four members (Chii, Jenny, Micchi, and Mei) collaborated with producers Berry … Read More

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HIMEZAWA – WAGAMAMA LOVE

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

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PRESENTING JAPAN Event

The weekend ahead sees the PRESENTING JAPAN event taking place in London – 6 days of talks and activities covering a broad range of Japanese cultural topics. Sunday will be of most interest to J-Pop fans as HIROYUKI ITOH and … Read More

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HATSUNE MIKU Weekend

This weekend sees the Japan Foundation presenting a day of events exploring the musical phenomenon of Vocaloid star HATSUNE MIKU. The event sees the return to the UK of HIROYUKI ITOH, CEO of Crypton Future Media, the parent company of … Read More

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BISKAIDAN 2

The activities of alternative idol outfit Brand-new Idol Society managed to spark the interest of Jojo Hiroshige back in 2012. Hiroshige fronted classic noise band Hijokaidan, whose own antics seemed to suggest similar themes in line with BiS. Hiroshige had … Read More

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JAPAN MATSURI 2015

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

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J-Pop Go at Meet & Geek Mini Convention

The Meet and Geek Mini Convention or MGMC for short is a one day long event in Cambridge, that celebrates and promotes geek culture. The event is run by the not for profit organisation Let the Geek Out who specialise … Read More

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KELSEY ELLISON Goes BOOM BOOM

While the UK summer appears to be being washed away by torrential rain this week, we can still brighten our lives up with the aid of a few good tunes. Fortunately, KELSEY ELLISON has released a new song just in … Read More

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TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE Interview

Limited Addiction… A 5-piece idol outfit signed to the Avex Trax label, TOKYO GIRLS’ STYLE originally launched in 2010 and drew comparisons to former female Avex groups such as dream and SweetS. Their most recent release ‘Never ever’ also features … Read More

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HOTEI New Album – STRANGERS

Having relocated to the UK in 2012, legendary Japanese guitarist TOMOYASU HOTEI has since been fully engaged with a busy routine of live performances and projects, including his new album Strangers, which is due for release this October. HOTEI has … Read More

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DEMPAGUMI.INC – WWDD

Weapons of Dempa Destruction… The arrival of Dempagumi.Inc’s third studio album brings with it some of the best examples of contemporary idol music. In a period where idol outfits are generally still in the ascendant, it’s always a nice surprise … Read More

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MOUMOON Interview

Formed of YUKA and Masaki Kousuke, mouoon are a Japanese duo that originally formed in 2005. Their 2012 song ‘Wild Child’ featured in the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! and their more recent song ‘Hello, Shooting-Star’ forms the ending theme for Assassination … Read More

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The Musical Talents Of CLANNAD

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

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HYPER JAPAN 2015 Summer Review

With the demise of the Earl’s Court venue, Hyper Japan have been shopping around for new premises – which for their summer event saw them landing at the O2. Situated on the Greenwich peninsula, the former Millennium Dome would appear … Read More

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The Music Of LAST EXILE

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

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EIR AOI Interview

Hailing from Sapporo, Eir Aoi got off to an early music career interest by forming her own band while in school. Since then, the powerful singer has clocked up an impressive resume of releases since her debut single ‘MEMORIA’ in … Read More

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