If you happened to tune in to our TW Together Instagram Live Lockdown Concert last month, you’ll know who was the clear favorite among our online audience. After the outpouring of appreciation we…

May has been a particularly great month for Japanese rock, in its many different forms. In addition to the tracks by Bo Ningen, The Novembers and The Telephones discussed below, Mega Shinnosuke’s…

Whether in search for a summer anthem or teasing towards a September release (traditionally ripe for the “student market”), music released on the brink of summer is often some of the year’s…

Update: The TW Together Live Lockdown Party will be rebroadcast on the Tokyo Weekender Facebook page on Saturday, May 30, 2020, from 7pm. When announcing last month’s One World: Together at Home…

While the outside world has ground to a halt but, Japanese artists continue to release new tunes. For some kind of thrill, escape, comfort or, for some, to simply provide something to do,…

A lot of the world may have ground to a halt but, for now at least (largely due to the logistics of the internet age), Japanese artists continue to release tons of…

Seeing as so many of us are finding ourselves spending far more time inside than usual these days, what better company is there than music? Speaking of which, I’ve actually had almost too…

Seeing as so many of us are finding themselves spending far more time inside than usual these days, what better company is there than music? To help provide a mental reprieve from…

In the relatively short amount of time between Shibuya-kei’s beginning and end (that is, from the early Nineties to around the turn of the century), it was never quite captured by any…

As I sit down with Peter Barakan in an artsy Roppongi café, a barristo mentions that the DJ’s set was his hands-down favorite at last summer’s Fuji Rock festival. Later, Barakan is…

One might expect the best Japanese music releases from February to be rather love-obsessed but, in truth, music’s always pretty romance-themed. We’ve already looked at the top singles from February, and here…

The Latin expression “omne trium perfectum” states that everything that comes in threes is perfect, or is at least, a complete set. Charlie had three angels, d’Artagnan had three musketeers and now,…