Sep 25 2016

BiSH puts up a fright for Tower Records campaign


BiSH (formerly BiS) has launched their own contribution to Tower Records’ “No Music, No Idol” campaign, promoting the upcoming CD release of KiLLER BiSH on October 5.

KiLLER BiSH is the third album by the idol group, their first to be released by major label Avex.

Sep 25 2016

New York’s Duo Yumeno to perform at Rubin Museum’s Spiral Music

Spiral Music presents acoustic music every Wednesday evening at the base of the Rubin Museum’s spiral staircase. Artists who specialize in music from the Himalayas and South Asia are invited to forge a connection between their music and the art in the galleries.

New York–based koto/shamisen player and singer Yoko Reikano Kimura and cellist Hikaru Tamaki create a singular sound inspired by tradition but with a contemporary sensibility. Duo Yumeno’s repertoire includes a dynamic range of compositions, all of which explore the dialogue between classical Japanese and Western music.

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Sep 25 2016

Guso Drop – Level (MV)


“Level” by Guso Drop featuring original members Rei, Shinon, Saki, Yurapiko and Anna. The perfect mix of hardcore and electronic elements.

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Via: Straight From Japan

Sep 25 2016

YANAKIKU at Pop Life FanXperience, China


YANAKIKU performance at Pop Life FanXperience/CosFanx & ACCF @ ChongQing International Expo Center China: September 14-17, 2016.

Set List:
1. VIVA! Jinsei Chindouchu
4. Fujiyama△Disco
5. Hello World

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Sep 24 2016

PERFUME delights with hits, dreams, and Pokemon (The Wiltern 2016 Live Report)

The Wiltern, August 26, 2016

Live report by Nhu Nguyen


The three members of Perfume, a-chan, Nocchi, and Kashiyuka, looked like the most prim-and-proper, best-dressed space invaders a sci-fi movie could ever ask for as they slowly walked down the Wiltern Theater stage staircase on the first night of the U.S. leg of their COSMIC EXPLORER tour. What a way to make an entrance! I admit — the light-up dresses made the moment complete.

The J-Pop group squeezed an Olympic-worthy stage production into Los Angeles’s 1,850-capacity Wiltern Theater, a spectacle that came close to matching what you’d see at their sold-out shows at the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome. When I say Olympic-worthy, I mean Japan’s presentation at the 2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremony. Some key visual elements that made the Olympics handover ceremony special had been done first by the trio and were on full display at the L.A. show.

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Sep 23 2016

ShuuKaRen reveals album jackets, special editions for Universe debut


ShuuKaRen, the dance/fashion duo formed by Shuuka Fujii (E-girls/Flower) and Karen Fujii (E-girls/Happiness), has revealed the jacket art for the triple editions of their debut CD Universe, coming out October 5. The limited edition is bound to be the hot fan item, packing in a CD, DVD, and 52-page magazine, while the one-coin (500 yen) version is a cool way to drop a gift on a friend who needs more E-Girls in his/her life.


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Sep 20 2016

Saki graduating from alt idol group Guso Drop

Saki of Guso Drop has announced her graduation from the group. She will now be concentrating on Double And. The rest of Guso Drop will continue on and hold auditions to try and increase their membership to 6. Saki will continue with the group until December 31, 2016.


via Straight From Japan

Sep 18 2016

Haruki Murakami Translator Jay Rubin to Speak at The Nippon Club


From Murakami to the Sun Gods: A Talk by Jay Rubin

Tuesday, September 20 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. (Doors open 6:30 p.m.)
The Nippon Club – 145 W. 57th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), Rose Room
- 2nd Floor
Admission: $20/$15 Members

The Nippon Club will hold a special lecture by Jay Rubin, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University and well-known translator of Haruki Murakami’s novels. Rubin will discuss his twenty-five years of translating and studying the works of Murakami and take note of Murakami influences in his recent novel, The Sun Gods, which was published by Chin Music Press in May 2015. It was translated into Japanese as Hibi No Hikari by Motoyuki Shibata and Shunsuke Hiratsuka.

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