All About Japan

FEMM — PoW! / L.C.S. Review

POW!/L.C.S. is packed with some killer remixes, but it’s not the new material that’s the star here—it’s the (finally!) CD release of Femm-Isation, FEMM's previously digital-only release.

Review: Bo-Peep — Thank You

Bo-Peep’s fourth full-length album, 'Thank You,' opens with rocket-fueled, fast-paced guitar fury.

Exist†trace Release New Video & Album

Visual-kei metal band Exist†trace has released the music video for their new song 'Dream Rider' from their upcoming mini-album This is Now.

Babymetal Nails US Television Debut

Metal idol band Babymetal slays the audience on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Band-Maid Announce New Album for May 2016

Japanese all-girl rock group Band-Maid have announced their upcoming album Brand New Maid, set for release on May 18, 2016.

4 Ways J-Pop Has Gone Sakura for 2016

There are plenty of J-pop songs with cherry tree, or 'sakura,' in the title. Here are four new entries from 2016 alone!

The Grittier Side of Scandal

Scandal's seventh studio album, 'Yellow,' follows the tried-and-tested pop-rock formula while occasionally delving into a grittier side of the band we haven't heard before.

Once, Twice, Three Times a Ladybaby

Ladybeard and his two female companions, Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya, are ready to knock out their competition with their third single, “Renge Chance!”

Charisma.com's 'Aidoru C' Hits Like a Slap

Aidoru C, the latest album from Charisma.com, dares you to dance while hitting you in the face with topical lyrics that don’t pull any punches.

Interview with Rhedoric

It's been a long road, but rock band Rhedoric is finally achieving its dream of playing the U.S.

Get a Good Whiff of Sakura-Infused Beer

Even beer companies are getting on the cherry blossom bandwagon with products like this aromatic 'sakura' beer. We'll drink to that!

These Elderly Men Got Style!

Straight from Kochi Prefecture, this new grandpa group rivals J-pop boyband legends SMAP and Arashi with their suave moves and killer beat.

Merry Melodies for Train Departures

After taking into account suggestions from the public, Tokyo Metro has finally settled on some J-Pop jingles for train departures.

Sputniko! Bonds Myth, Science & Music

This new scientific discovery not only has its own music video, but also ties to ancient Japanese mythology.

How Amateur Models Reach the Top of the Pops

'Dokusha moderu,' which literally means 'reader model,' refers to an amateur fashion model who serves as a representative of the readers of a particular fashion magazine. In Japan, these models are often more popular than their runway counterparts!

The GazettE Invades North & South America

Japanese hard-rock, visual-kei band The GazettE will be playing New York, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Dallas, Toronto and more from April 15 to May 5, 2016.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Goes Ninja

'Ninja Re Bang Bang' was Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's fifth physical single, reaching No.1 on the Japan Hot 100. The video not only features Kyary in ninja attire, but ninja-inspired dance moves, including high-jumping, shuriken-throwing—and arm-cannon-blasting!

4 Fun & Weird Ways to Use the Train

Japanese trains are fast and efficient. But have you ever seen one used as a rolling showroom? Or how about having a concert at 260 kilometers per hour?

Babymetal Goes Spooky with Karate MV

Babymetal is growing up, and their “Karate” music video is definitely darker in tone.

Death Rabbits' 'Nande' Is a Ninja Death Trap

Poor Bucho. It's hard enough to get your gas mask on in the morning without ninja waiting to ambush you in the elevator.

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