All About Japan

The Japanese 'Taiko' Drum Goes Electronic

The world's first ever electronic 'taiko' drum will be played on stage with the internationally recognized performance group Kodo.

The Rules & Costs to Rocking Out in Japan

Seeing live music in Japan can be one of the best places to make new friends and get involved with the creative scene. But sometimes it's not cheap. Here are some tips on how to get the best prices and how to mind your manners the Japanese way.

Stars of Anime & Rock Collab on Cup Noodle Ad

Megumi Hayashibara, Bump of Chicken and manga artist Eisuke Kubonouchi come together to create an amazingly inspirational anime short for popular Japanese food company Cup Noodle.

5 Notable Songs from Japanese TV Commercials

If you find yourself humming a song in the middle of a packed train, your TV may be to blame!

Top 10 Songs That Are Perfect for 'Momijigari'

How does autumn sound? Listen to our recommended playlist to find out.

How to Dominate the Bass, with F Chopper Koga

Want to learn some high-level slap-bass techniques? Rocker F Chopper Koga's best-selling series may be just the thing for you!

Interview: Lovebites

All-girl metal quintet Lovebites talk about how the band came together, their new EP, and their love of metal.

FEMM: My Revolution/Konyaha Boogie Back

Mannequin rap duo FEMM have launched an '80s/'90s Japanese culture revival project, kicking it off with two '80s/'90s cover tracks and one new song, set off with some funky 'Akira'-style illustrations!

BiSH Take 'My Landscape' Airborne

Japanese idol sextet BiSH are back with what may well be the most expensive alt-idol music video, shot on and around aircraft at the Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California.

Sing & Learn the Names of Japanese Stations

Rock to the beat of station names and level up your knowledge of Japan’s railway system while you’re at it.

Lovebites Unleash 'Shadowmaker' MV

Japanese power metal heroines Lovebites have unleashed the ferocious first music video taken from their debut album 'Awakening from Abyss' ahead of its October 27, 2017 CD release in the UK and Europe.

Taiko-Lab: Learn to Drum in 60 Minutes

Located just north of Senso-ji Temple in Asakusa, Taiko-Lab offers a chance to learn the basics of 'taiko' drumming in about 60 minutes—an essential part of any Japan experience!

Where to Go in Japan for the Best Live Music

Tokyo has a number of suburbs that are overflowing with live music hubs, many of which accommodate specific genres. No matter your taste there’s a venue (or live house) for you, even if you're not in Tokyo.

Fate Gear is Back, Bigger & Steampunkier

Fate Gear offers up thrash metal with steampunk aesthetic, expanding from a duo to an all-girl quintet.

Kamen Joshi Reach Record 3M FB Followers

Japanese underground idols Kamen Joshi achieved a social media milestone last week by surpassing 3 million Facebook followers.

Aussie Producer Turns Ghibli Music Hip-Hop

Meet Ghosting, an Australian music producer who reworked Studio Ghibli soundtracks into a tidy hip-hop instrumental mixtape.

Noge: Yokohama's Hub for Cheap Drinks

With some 500 drinking establishments just 10 minutes south of Minato Mirai, the Noge area is 'the' spot to hit for a cheap drink in Yokohama.

16 Authentic 'Japan' Experiences around Tokyo

How do you get an 'authentic Japan' experience in the Tokyo area? It depends on what you mean by 'authentic,' and what you mean by 'Japan!' Here are 16 'real Japan' options around Tokyo, running the gamut from the very old to the very new!

FEMM Tease Future at CES 2018

J-pop musical mannequin duo FEMM are featured in a newly-released teaser video for an augmented reality/mixed reality presentation at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

Setting the Darkness on Fire with 'Wotagei'

This 'Wotagei' group's glow stick dance performance of Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' is too awesome for words.

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