With past Japanese songs such as “Plastic Love” by Mariya Takeuchi and Miki Matsubara’s “Mayonaka no Door: Stay with Me” suddenly becoming international hits in the last few years, we thought we’d…

Born to a Japanese mother and a French father, Ukico (stylized as UKICO) spent much of her childhood in the suburbs of Paris. After graduating from Sorbonne University, she moved to Japan…

It’s been around a decade since Jack Atherton was chosen as the drummer for a talented up-and-coming singer-songwriter named Jake Bugg. Along with bassist Tom Roberson, they would tour the world, performing…

Tokyo Weekender’s series TW Creatives features various works by Japan-based writers, photographers, videographers, illustrators and other creatives in a bid to provide one additional platform for them to exhibit their talent. The works submitted…

If one were to describe the sister duo Kitri, it would be “in sync” – in sync with their performance, appearance, harmony and with each other. Both having a background in classical…

It’s been a busy spring for great new Japanese music. Hip hop has continued to push ahead with top-notch releases by the likes of Tohji, Punpee and JP the Wavy. We’ve seen…

It’s like a tickle in the brain, when you hear a song for the first time and there’s something that sounds familiar. This is a common occurrence when listening to music, especially…

A domestic hit in the late ’70s that has become an international one four decades later, “Mayonaka no Door: Stay with Me” by the late singer Miki Matsubara is now being re-released on…

At 23 years old, Charlie Sparks has infiltrated two fields hardly welcoming of such young faces: architecture and music production. In the latter, he’s even received the nickname “Baby Techno,” from a…

Being in the presence of a rock god — even with strict social distancing measures in place — can be daunting. But with Sugizo, it’s easy. He takes time to remember our…

Kicking off 2021 in great form, January was a particularly strong month for new Japanese music. As well as the tracks below, the very end of December saw the release of Keiichi…

Starting off the year with a bang (for Haru Nemuri, quite literally) there were some terrific new Japanese singles released in January. Beyond those below, there were other great tracks from Chai,…