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Music Event: JAPAN NIGHT Kokuritsu Kyogijo May 28 & 29 2014

Line-up includes Perfume and L’Arc-en-Ciel!

JAPAN NIGHTJapan’s leading artists, L’Arc-en-Ciel, Perfume, UKASUKA-G (Kazutoshi Sakurai & GAKU-MC), and SEKAI NO OWARI will perform (full details below)!

This will be the last show at Kokuritsu Kyogijo, which will be undergoing renovations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Don’t miss this event! Read more…

Interview: Yoshiki – Rock Star And Co-Founder Of X Japan

April 24, 2014 1 comment

“My philosophy is anything is possible, nothing can stop me!” – Yoshiki

Yoshiki Grammy MuseumBorn on 20th November 1965, the immensely talented classically trained musician Yoshiki is one of Japan’s most formidable superstars. In 1982 he co-founded the visual kei pioneering super rock group X Japan (originally called X) who have sold 30 million records and have played sell-out tours all across the world, including the 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome an incredible record-breaking 18 times. As a soloist Read more…

The Grammy Museum Unveils X Japan Founder Member Yoshiki Exhibit And World Tour Announced

February 25, 2014 1 comment

Opening night hosted by comic book legend Stan Lee!

Yoshiki Grammy MuseumOn February 19th, the GRAMMY Museum unveiled their Yoshiki exhibit which puts the influential rock icon’s signature crystal piano, flamboyant wardrobes, and other items on display. The exhibition explores Yoshiki’s fascinating career and follows the museum’s unique collection on Ringo Starr. Yoshiki is the first Asian artist to be honored with an Read more…

J-pop Duo Die Milch To Make Their UK Live Debut At Milk Tea Day UK!

December 4, 2013 1 comment

Calling all fashionistas and fans of J-rock and Visual Kei!

Die Milch Event: Milk Tea Day UK Concert and J-fashion Event

Date: Sunday 8th December 2013

Time: Milk Tea Day 2pm – 4pm (FREE)/Die Milch concert 5pm – 7pm (Tickets: £24.00)

Location: The Nave in Islington, London Read more…

J-Pop Idol Group Morning Musume Needs Your Help!

July 19, 2013 5 comments

A message from Team J-MELO for all Morning Musume fans out there!

morning musume We’ll soon be making our 400th edition of J-MELO. The girls of Morning Musume are going to help us celebrate by recording a track for the J-MELO New Song Project. And they want you to inspire them and their producer by answering a few questions about your feelings. So if you’d like a chance to work on a song with Morning Musume, please check out the details on the J-MELO website then get in touch. We can’t wait Read more…

London Anime Convention 20-21 July 2013

April 23, 2013 1 comment

An event that includes J-pop, cosplay, special guests, and lots of fun!

London Anime Con 2013Anime League kicks off with their Summer London Anime Convention 20-21 July at the London Rocket Complex, Holloway Road.  Over a thousand people are expected to attend this weekend which is jammed pack full of anime, gaming, Japanese culture and Read more…

Music Review: Raychell “L>R”

The eagerly anticipated debut album from Japan’s hottest new singing sensation!

Release date: 24 April 2013

Raychell - album sleeve  CD + DVD

This dazzling assortment of songs which consists of a mixture of styles from rock to dance confirms that Raychell is a singer – songwriter of immense talent who is equally comfortable performing ballads as she is up-tempo songs. Her vocal skills are outstanding. She can make a simple tune sound full of meaning and an intricate melody sound easy on the Read more…

HYPER JAPAN 2013 Tickets Now On Sale!

Date: Friday 26 – Sunday 28 July 2013
Venue: Earls Court Two, Earls Court, London

Hyper Japan 2013HYPER JAPAN, the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture, cuisine and cool, is back for 2013. Diverse exhibitors, stores, performers and fans will once again come together to bring the very best of contemporary and traditional Japan to the heart of London. Since the first HYPER JAPAN in 2010, there have three subsequent events, each one more popular than the Read more…

NEO Magazine Issue107 Profiles Gravure Idol/Actress Saaya Irie – OUT NOW!

January 25, 2013 1 comment

Double cover issue – Plus the Best Of 2012 as voted for by YOU!!

NEO issue # 107 Saaya Irie profileNEO magazine profiles sexy idol and actress Saaya [Irie] highlighting some of her best bits. PLUS the votes are in! Find out the hottest names in anime, manga and 11 other categories in Asian entertainment as voted for by YOU, the British public. Oh yes, the winners of the NEO Awards 2012, sponsored by MCM Comic Con, are here and Read more…

NEO Magazine Issue 106 Profiles Film Director Toshiaki Toyoda (9 Souls) OUT NOW!

January 17, 2013 Leave a comment

A special double cover issue – Plus free MCM Comic Con cosplay 2013 diary!

NEO issue #106 Toshiaki Toyoda profileNEO magazine welcomes in the New Year with bumper coverage of the hottest titles UK-bound over the months ahead. From musical predictions to the best anime releases, NEO has all bases covered! Plus, plan your year in style with a free MCM Comic Con Cosplay 2013 Diary!

Then, flip the magazine over to discover everything you need to know about Ni no Kumi: Wrath of the Read more…

Event Coverage: Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas

December 19, 2012 7 comments

The UK’s biggest J-culture event!

Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas 10If Christmas is a time for giving then Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas, which was held on November at Brompton Hall, Earls Court London gave in abundance by way of a spectacular line-up that surpassed the previous event Hyper Japan 2012 Spring, with many of the live acts performing in the Read more…

Voting Now Open For The NEO Awards 2012!

November 28, 2012 Leave a comment

The nominations are in!

After an intense year packed with the biggest franchises, the hottest new releases and some of the most exciting live shows to ever hit the United Kingdom, NEO Magazine puts the power in the hands of its reader to choose the Read more…

Hyper Japan 2012 Christmas – 3 Days Of J-Culture Fun & Excitement At Earls Court London

November 20, 2012 16 comments

Ding dong merrily on high, Hyper Japan Christmas 2012 is coming!

Date: 23 – 25 November 2012

Venue: Brompton Hall, Earls Court, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA

There are only a couple more days to go before the biggest UK J-culture event Hyper Japan opens its doors Read more…

NEO Magazine issue 103 Profiles Actress/Singer Meiko Kaji (Lady Snowblood) OUT NOW!

October 18, 2012 1 comment

The UK’s only Asian pop culture magazine, covering anime, manga, movies, music, cosplay and more!

To coincide with the recent UK Blu-ray release of the fantastic 70’s Japanese cult favourite Lady Snowblood I & II, the latest issue of NEO magazine includes a full-page profile on leading actress and singer, Meiko Kaji. Also…

The UK’s longest running Asian pop culture magazine thinks it may have found the year’s best new Read more…

Four Female-Fronted Japanese Acts Fly to London for Showcase Set

October 11, 2012 Leave a comment

An evening of explosive live music from Japan!

Japan Underground returns to London with one of its most exciting live line-ups to date; FOUR artists from Japan, all rocking female vocalists! From rock, to quirky and fun shibuya-kei and indie-pop, we have it all covered! Come along for one of our most Read more…

Meet The Artist! Shonen Knife Talk With Alex Hoban

October 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Date: 29 October 2012 from 6.30pm

Venue: The Japan Foundation, London

Shonen Knife is a prolific all-girl three-piece pop-punk band hailing from Osaka, Japan, renowned for their cute, infectious and eccentric songs. Formed in 1981, the trio—comprised of founding member Naoko Yamano and newer-additions Ritsuko Taneda and Emi Morimoto—have released 18 albums to date and achieved a cult following across Read more…

Event Review: Friday Late: Loli-POP! Lolita Fashion Fun At The V&A Museum

September 23, 2012 4 comments

London embraces the Japanese street style Lolita!

Reporter: Lizzie Ooi

On Friday, 31st August the V&A Museum (Victoria and Albert Museum) in London held a free evening of Lolita fashion, the unique street style that combines Japan’s obsessions with cuteness, punk and Gothic macabre. The programme included a kimono demonstration with Mamechiyo Modern, a wig workshop with Pixie Late and her team, photo shoots, a screening of Kamikaze Girls Read more…

NEO Issue #102 OUT NOW Featuring Yoshihiro Nishimura – Exclusive Cover Page The GazettE

September 10, 2012 3 comments

On sale from 6th September 2012! 

Ruki, the vocalist behind Japan’s phenomenal rock outfit the GazettE, becomes the first musician to ever feature on the cover of the UK’s longest running Asian pop culture publication, NEO magazine! Its 102nd issue, out now, celebrates the release of the band’s latest album DIVISION – their first under a British label – and is joined by an exclusive six-page feature on the group tipped to ignite a music revolution across Read more…

Golden Bomber Release Exclusive Album For The UK

August 21, 2012 4 comments

Album: “The Golden Best for United Kingdom”

Golden Bomber is possibly Japan’s zaniest, craziest and most outrageous band in the country’s charts. Truly putting the ‘fabulous’ into fab four, this make-up wearing, hair-styling quartet secured all three of Japan’s biggest selling indie singles of last year, despite not always playing their Read more…

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