For three days in late July, Battersea Park in London England was taken over by Japan. I’m talking about the Hyper Japan Festival, of course! Going strong since 2010, this annual celebration of Japanese culture is the biggest of its kind in the UK and is a definite highlight of the year for fans of… Read More Hyper Japan Festival, London 2022
It’s true, isn’t it? It seems as though we’re headed for a new century. It’s miraculous: This is something you can only taste once. Let’s remember one more time. On the day we arrived on this Earth we were somehow happy, and somehow it hurt. We were crying wow yeah wow yeah wow wow yeah… Read More My Favorite J-Pop Artists Growing Up
Love Hina, Saber Marionette J, Ranma ½, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop, Slayers, Detective Conan, Pokémon, All Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku, Video Girl Ai and Shaman King—do any of these anime sound familiar to you? These popular series all have one thing in common: voice actress and singer, Megumi Hayashibara, played a role in… Read More Megumi Hayashibara’s Impact On Anime
“Ripples,” the new single from Rie Fu, releases this Friday, November 30th. For Rié, as she’s now professionally known, “Ripples” isn’t just the next song in a career dating back to her teens, but a mile marker on a journey that’s both moving forward and in a circle, one that began in 2005 when she… Read More For Rie Fu, Music (and Life) is Like a Boat, a Circle, and an Adventure
Ask any of my close friends what my favorite genre of music is. Seriously, ask anyone. If they don’t say jazz, please tell me. I will promptly cut all ties with that person and move on with my life as a happier individual, having removed one more false friendship. When I say this, I am… Read More Nausicaä + Jazz = …Jesus?!