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

“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…

Master Shamisen Player Hibiki Ichikawa FREE Student Concert

January 29, 2014 1 comment

An open evening of traditional Japanese music!

Hibiki Ichikawa (Image copyright James Fielding Photography)Date: Saturday 1st February 2014

Venue: Trinity Church, 15 Nether St, North Finchley, London N12 7NN

Time: 6.30pm - Doors open 6.00pm

Admission Free Read more…

Beyond the Horizon – A Classical Journey Where East Meets West

December 31, 2013 4 comments

Bringing the ancient arts of Japan, Europe and the New World to the new generation!

Beyond the HorizonDate: Tuesday 7 January 2014

Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Venue: St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJ

Tickets: £20, £16, £13

Come and join an ensemble of performing artists for a journey of aspiration celebrating 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…

SADO Tempest UK Screening At Sci-Fi London Festival 2013

A haunting Japanese cinematic rendition of the Shakespeare play “The Tempest”!

Sado TempestDate: 6 May 2013

Time: 16.15

Venue: Stratford East Picturehouse, Salway Road, E15 1BX London

Includes a Q&A with Producer Paul Smith after screening. Read more…

Hibiki Ichikawa and Guests: An Evening Of Tsugaru Shamisen And Japanese Folk Songs

April 23, 2013 3 comments

An entertaining evening of Japanese folk music!

Hibiki Ichikawa and Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013 7:00 – 8:00 pm, preceded by a drinks reception from 6:00pm
Venue: Daiwa Foundation Japan House 13/14 Cornwall Terrace  London NW1 4QP MAP   Nearest Station: Baker Street

Admission Free, booking essential 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…

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…

Kobe Metal Outfit BRAIN DEATH ZOMBIE Make International Debut in London

January 10, 2013 Leave a comment

Including support act Umez!

Brain Death Zombie flyerWhen: Saturday 12 January 2013 from 7pm.

Where: The Pipeline, 94 Middlesex Street, London, E1 7DA. Tickets: £6 (http://www.wegottickets.com/event/201100)

Event pages: [facebook] [last.fm] 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…

Improvising within Tradition: Artist Nao Matsunaga And Musician Hibiki Ichikawa Join Forces For A One-Off Special Event

November 21, 2012 4 comments

Date: 6 December 2012 from 6:30 – 8:00pm

Location: Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle, London, NW1 4PQ,

As part of Nao Matsunaga’s art exhibition My Primal Memory at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, which started 19 Oct and ends 13 Dec 2012, highly-respected master Tsugaru Shamisen player Hibiki Ichikawa will give a live performance at the special event Improvising within Tradition. Both Matsunaga and Hibiki’s practices stem from training in traditional 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…

Event Report: Japan Matsuri 2012 At Trafalgar Square London

October 31, 2012 3 comments

Londoners get a taste of Japanese culture!

On Saturday 6th October, under a blissful (almost) clear blue sky, Trafalgar Square in London played host to Japan Matsuri 2012. 70,000 people were expected to come and go throughout the day and it’s quite possible that number was met. Since the first matsuri festival started in 2009, the event’s popularity has grown year after year spreading the rich and vibrant culture of Japan and gaining new fans. Unquestionably this year was 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…

Interview: World Class Pianist Chisato Kusunoki

October 4, 2012 1 comment

“Music is a sublime form of spiritual existence for me.” (Chisato Kusunoki)

Chisato Kusunoki is an award winning world class pianist who has been described as being one of the most talented players of all time. She attended and read music at the University College, Oxford where she graduated with the prestigious Gibbs Prize in performance. Her outstanding performances at various prestigious venues around the world, such as the Purcell Room in London, the Mendelssohn Institute in Leipzig, the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo, and Read more…

Music Review: THE GAZETTE “DIVISION”

September 30, 2012 3 comments

UK release date: 1st October 2012

Formed in 2002, the GazettE, whose song “Headache Man” was used for the ending theme of Hotel Chelsea a film written and produced by Hiro Masuda starring Nao Nagasawa and Tony Laurent, are one of the most popular visual kei bands in Japan right now. But not only are they appreciated on their own turf, their pulsating music and flamboyant image has attracted fans from all over the world. Their longevity doesn’t appear to be waning anytime soon. So to celebrate their 10th anniversary the band has recorded Read more…

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