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Music Review: Molice – 5

five_artworkIt’s hard to resist Molice’s charm on their latest album 5, named as such because it is the band’s fifth release in Japan. It’s been two years since the release of the band’s previous album Resonance Love, and the indie-rock three-piece are on top-form in their latest outing. Filled with infectious tunes, emotional ballads, and even a cover of The Police’s “Bring the Night”, it’s an album that has something for everyone.

There is something familiar about Molice’s sound on their fifth album. Singer and rhythm guitarist Rinko has expressed a love for Read more…

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Music Review: No Cars – YOKO GOES TO BOLLYWOOD

The album gives people lots of smiles, and one can’t resist laughing, thinking ‘they are bonkers’!

No Cars Yoko Goes to BollywoodFollow NO CARS (read Diverse Japan’s interview with the band) as they travel down the Silk Road to India; their journey is not an easy one as hunger, thirst, and vast amounts of tip-ex await them but it is certainly enjoyable. Luckily for us these intrepid travellers have recorded their adventures as infectious pop-punk melodies in the album YOKO GOES TO BOLLYWOOD.

These three Japanese girls and their Raccoon drummer have created a rather fun story in their latest album. It gives you the chance to imagine the quartet as they walk all the way to Read more…

Memorial Concert For Japan Earthquake & Tsunami 2016

Kakehashi Project: “The Unity Bridge Project”

Japan Memorial Concert 2016 pic 1111th March 2011 was a devastating day in Japanese history. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake, the most powerful to ever be recorded in Japan, hit the country’s east coast and triggered a massive tsunami that devastated the Tōhoku region. The wave travelled 10km inland in some areas of the country, and over 15,000 people were killed by the event. To this day, Japan is still in shock about the disaster but they are determined to remain brave in the Read more…

Interview: NO CARS Talk Samosa, Cress, And The Mystery of Yoko

February 19, 2016 Leave a comment

A tongue-in-cheek pub-rock band that merges jazz, punk and even Punjabi!

NO CARS Pic 12NO CARS are having the time of their lives on stage as they play their headline show at the Spice of Life in London. Dressed in brightly coloured Saris and a racoon onesie, the band is getting the audience to chant “Samosa” alongside them before they dive head first into their comic set of songs. If there’s one thing that should be taken from this performance, it’s that NO CARS know how to put on an entertaining Read more…

No Cars Announce Date For Third Album Launch Party London

November 18, 2015 Leave a comment

PRESS RELEASE – “Yoko Goes To Bollywood”

No Cars are 3 girls and a raccoon!

No Cars promo croppedDate: Friday 4th December 2015
Venue: Paper Dress Vintage Bar & Boutique, London
Doors: 7.30pm / Support acts: 7.45pm / NO CARS: 9.45pm
Address: 352A Mare Street, E8 1HR
Nearest station: Hackney Central (Overground Zone 2)

Audience members are asked to dress up in the theme of India or Bollywood to participate in the  Read more…

Halloween Party 2015 With Japanese Music 18+

October 28, 2015 Leave a comment

An evening of live music and fancy dress!

HalloweenDate: Thursday 29th Oct 2015


Time: Opens 7:30pm Starts 8pm til 1am

Price: ADV £4 / DOOR´£5 Read more…

Event: Hyper Japan 2015 In Pictures

The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture!

Hyper Japan 2015 logoHyper Japan, the UK’s biggest and best-loved annual J-Culture convention, returned on 11th – 13th July for another weekend extravaganza of all things Japanese from the authentic and traditional to the contemporary. Thousands of Japanophiles descended upon London’s O2 in Greenwich over the three days for an exciting time of live music, fashion shows, videogames, manga/anime activities, martial arts demonstrations and Read more…

JAPAN NIGHT Comes To The O2 London July 2015

July 1, 2015 5 comments

A strong line-up incorporating fresh and established talent!

JAPAN NIGHT 2015JAPAN NIGHT – MOVE WITH THE MUSIC OF JAPAN announces its first London shows taking place on 10 & 11 July bringing the best talent from Japan to Read more…

Event: Memorial Concert For Japan Earthquake And Tsunami

A message of hope and of friendship between Britain and Japan!

Memorial Concert  for Japan Earthquake & TsunamiTo mark the fourth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan on 11th March 2011, a concert performed by the Hokusai Orchestra, with conductor Akiko Ohtomo-Smith at the helm, and singer Naomi Suzuki was held on 5th March in the Attlee Suite of the Houses of Parliament hosted by the Read more…

FestivalAsia 2015 – Three Days Of Exotic Fun & Excitement

February 20, 2015 Leave a comment

London’s largest indoor festival on all things Asia!

Asian culture event LondonDate: 15 – 17 May 2015

Venue: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London E1W 2SF

Tickets: Adult £12.50 adv – £15 door

Children (up to 10 years old, accompanied by one adult with an Adult Ticket) £8 adv – £10 door

Indulge your senses and experience the exotic cultures of Asia under one roof. Read more…

Event: Japan Matsuri 2014 London Trafalgar Square

August 31, 2014 Leave a comment

The spectacular annual Japan festival returns for more fun and excitement!

Japan Matsuri 2014 logoDate: Saturday, 27th September 2014

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Time: 11 am – 9 pm Read more…

Interview: Mayuko – Singer/Songwriter

August 14, 2014 Leave a comment

A child in a cocoon!

Mayuko live at Hyper Japan 2014Since making her debut back in 2001, Mayuko’s popularity as a singer and songwriter in Japan and abroad has been steadily growing and she has been gaining much interest from the media since her collaborations with talent like Daniel Wang (Balihu Records) and DJ Kensei as well as Shynola who designed the cover artwork for her first mini-album Read more…

Hyper Japan 2014 In Pictures

August 7, 2014 2 comments

The UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese culture!

Hyper Japan 2014 logoEvery year since it first began back in 2010, the annual London event Hyper Japan keeps getting better and better, not to mention bigger and bigger, and this year’s extravaganza held on 25 – 27 July at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre was no exception.

The fantastic line-up catered to all tastes in Japanese pop-culture from traditional dancers and musicians like the very popular Hyper Japan regulars Hibiki Ichikawa and Akari Mochizuki, who this time around were accompanied by guitarist Hide Takemoto, to contemporary Read more…

Interview: YANAKIKU – Female J-pop Duo With A Difference

August 3, 2014 2 comments

Their mission is to share the wonders of Japan with the world!

YANAKIKU Interview Japanese duo YANAKIKU are more than just a pop group. They do KIMONO cosplay and represent Japanese pop & decora culture!

Since forming in 2012, dynamic J-pop duo YANAKIKU have been causing much excitement with their catchy tunes and cool decorative costumes and entertaining performances at packed venues like the Tokyo Dome, the Read more…

Homage To Composer Miyagi Michio

Koto Anniversary Concert at the Embassy of Japan, London Friday 20th June 2014!

Michio MiyagiAttended by about 100 invited guests, the Embassy of Japan hosted a memorial recital of the koto music of Miyagi Michio, musician and essayist, on Friday 20 June 2014 to celebrate and commemorate the 120th anniversary of his birth. Born in Kobe in 1894 and brought up by his grandmother, by the age of eight he had become blind as a result of eye disease at which point he began to train on the koto under the auspices of Nakamura Kengyo II. He moved to Korea aged 13 and remained there until 1917 when, at the age of 23 he moved to Tōkyō. He was to have been sponsored by Itō Hirobumi, the Prime Minister of Read more…

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

April 30, 2014 1 comment

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 3 comments

“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 2 comments

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…