DJ Krush – real name 石 英明 (Hideaki Ishi) is a highly influential hip hop / trip hop DJ known for his distinctive, ground-breaking instrumental production. He creates a multi-layered atmosphere with sound elements from nature and sampling of jazz and soul. This show at Electric Brixton in London is his first for 2 Read more

Yearning for the deep, primal reverberations of an o-daiko drum? A KODO performance cannot fail to rumble, shake and move you. These Japanese performers – based on Sado Island – sure don’t travel lightly: central to the show is the diversity of drums – from big to very, very big!  The elegance, versatility and sheer Read more

Radwimps Batsu to maru to tsumi to / Xと○と罪と With all things Japanese, from Anime to Zen, enjoying massive popularity in the UK, it’s high time for Japanese music to finally break through the language barrier. Radwimps have enjoyed 10 years of success in Japan, and now their certified platinum-selling hit 7th studio album Batsu Read more

Tom Smith is busy bringing  awesome, fresh Japanese music to the UK.  Not only does he have a super cool job, but he is also super friendly, and wants you to go right on ahead & talk Japanese music to him. 1. What do you do, and why? I run JPU Records, a label releasing Read more

Yoshiki, one of Asia’s most influential musical artists, is honored to share his new collection of compositions entitled Yoshiki Classical with fans around the world.  He’ll be bringing his Classical tour (you can buy tickets here) to the Royal Festival Hall, London on May 29, 2014! The long awaited album Yoshiki Classical was released worldwide Read more

VAMPS(JPN) @ Koko, March 28

VAMPS(JPN), the Japanese rock band formed by and featuring HYDE (L’Arc~en~Ciel) and K.A.Z (Oblivion Dust), will play at Koko, North London on March 28;  their only European date! has a FREE pair of tickets for readers in our next newsletter!  Sign up to receive details. VAMPS(JPN)– one of the most successful, high-profile rock acts Read more

Mugenkyo: ‘Eternal Return’ CD Review

Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Eternal Return **** Decisive beats build to crashing crescendos with the elemental power of a tsunami wave.  Devoid of lyrics, taiko drumming is punctuated with Japanese language chants and yells, encouraging players to perform with maximum energy.  This commanding collection celebrates twenty years of the Mugenkyo troupe, and features some great recordings Read more

Mugenkyo Document (Live) DVD  (73 mins) ***** Having thoroughly enjoyed Scotland-based Mugenkyo group’s powerful taiko drumming live in concert, I wondered what the DVD could offer that the live performance didn’t.  After all, my home speakers simply can’t do justice to the massive odaiko drum’s rumbling vibration – which as an audience member you can Read more

Gakunowa Music Community

‘GAKUNOWA’ Organiser Kaori Sukegawa tells us all about the purpose behind their musical community, and gives us some top tips for Japanese things in London.  Watch out for their Gakunowa’s event, coming soon.  The last event was the ‘Mad Hatter’s Rock Party’ in January where 5 bands, including musicians playing Japanese traditional music (including Hibiki Read more

Win Illion Tickets!

Just sign up for’s first ever newsletter any time before it goes out on Monday 25th February 2013 (sign up box on the top right).  When the newsletter lands in your inbox on Monday morning, you’ll find all the details of the awesome Illion ticket draw, as well as other special offers, useful information and Read more

Paul Woodhead: Meetup Leader, Musician

You’ll often find Paul Woodhead at Japan-related gigs, events and otherwise in London (and sometimes Japan!).  An inspiring and active member of the community here in London, Paul will welcomes you to join the London Japanese Meetup group here, or on facebook here. Upcoming events – the group meets at the Slug and Lettuce on Read more

‘Thundering’ is absolutely the word that springs to mind when one thinks about taiko drumming.  The mind’s eye conjures up an impressive image of the immense ‘Odaiko’ drum; its uncompromising reverberation is without doubt a major attraction of the art.  However, after seeing Mugenkyo Taiko Drummer’s gig in Croydon other less obvious words and images Read more

London Karaoke Insider’s Guide

Anyone who likes a spot of karaoke outside the privacy of their own little room has heard of the exclusive karaoke venues Karaoke Box and Lucky Voice. As great as they are, I wanted to see what alternative karaoke venues are out there to help you further enjoy bawling your head off to Whitney, Mariah Read more