When I first saw the taiko club at my university perform, I was blown away by the whole feel of it. These people looked so cool as they moved themselves in such an intense form, banging huge drums that reverberated around the whole room. So naturally, I joined the club myself about 8 months ago, […]
Enka is a form of Japanese ballad. Its lyrics present a romanticized and nostalgic look at the past, tragedy, and love and loss, like a Japanese form of blues. The instruments are a mixture of modern Western instruments and traditional Japanese instruments. Likewise, its singers are usually clad in either Western style formal wear, such […]
Some people like playing video games. Other prefer their video games to play themselves, giving birth to the fad of hacking Super Mario World levels that move Mario to the end without any player input required. Still, others took it farther. It wasn’t enough that the game played only itself, it had to play music, […]
I and practically everybody I know has been excited for Daft Punk’s upcoming album, Random Access Memories, and for good reason—Daft Punk has been one of the biggest names in dance music for almost 20 years. Daft Punk is obviously extremely popular around the world, but I think that it owes a thing or two […]
Every Sunday we gather the week’s weird and interesting Japanese news and present it to you in our Sunday News column. It might not always be hard-hitting news, but we hope that it still informs and entertains you. Enjoy!