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ROCK OF ASIAN: X Japan And The Pursuit Of World Dominasian

July 28th, 2010 | 5 comments | Posted by Diana

Yoshiki at an X Japan performance in 2009

The LA Times just published a lengthy profile about X Japan, a wildly successful J-rock metal band led by charismatic pianist-drummer Yoshiki (pictured above), that will attempt the leap from Japanese superstardom to American mainstream when they join the Lollapalooza tour this summer.

Why I know I already ♥ X Japan:

  • The band flanks a HEAVY METAL PIANIST-DRUMMER.
  • Hello Kitty produced a likeness of said heavy metal pianist-drummer, the only so far created for a human being. (Ed. note—Hi Sanrio! Jen and I are tooooootally open to having Kitty versions of ourselves!)
  • Yoshiki is apparently Bono-esque, and X Japan aspires to be Metallica-esque, yet they’re probably–most accurately–KISS-esque.
  • The early X Japan aesthetic appears to be a hybrid of early Mötley Crüe and Poison, but with almond eyes, so they look like the rockstars I wanted to be when I was a kid.
  • Every time I hear the words, “Arena Rock,” my personal areas get warm.
  • LAT refers to Yoshiki as a “fevered multitasker and established brand unto himself in Asia,” which means he is a) totally Asian and b) pretty AMAZIAN!
  • We need somebody to freak out over other than Rain.

Read the whole X Japan LAT feature here. Check out the Lollapalooza lineup here.

[LAT: America, Meet Yoshiki]

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Caption This: The iPad Hits Japan

May 31st, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

Kazuki Miura (below right), was the first customer in line at a Harajuku shop selling the iPad, which launched Friday in Japan and Europe. The iPad headbands were, according to the Wall Street Journal, a promotional thing courtesy of Gizmodo Japan:

Also courtesy of Gizmodo Japan, a little iPad…MAGIC!

[via HuffPo]
[WSJ: Apple iPad Headbands and Japan's Neverending Lines]
[Gizmodo Japan]

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BABEWATCH: Utada

March 3rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Name: Hikaru Utada (aka Utada, Hikki)

Age: 26

Hails from: NYC

Why She’s a Babe: Because the Japanese-American pop and R&B singer is one of the most successful recording artists of all time in Japan. And as a New Yorker who lives in Tokyo and records in two languages, she’s a citizen of the world. Also, homegirl likes food, and we love a girl who eats. We love her new short crop, too.

Listen to Utada’s latest single, “Come Back to Me,” here, from her English-language album This Is the One, which drops in May.

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Andrew W.K.

February 4th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

There seem to be 100 reasons to love Andrew W.K., the man behind 2001′s frenetic playtime album I Get Wet. If the brilliantly-structured cheeky sonatas of his debut effort don’t hook you, then there’s a chance his doe-eyes will, or, better, his longstanding reputation for being the nicest goddamn guy ever to wield a guitar or let fresh blood drip down his face.

W.K. is damn serious about not taking the world too seriously, apparent in his dancing grin and brazen musical jaunts–and if you happen to be in on the joke, the result is an endlessly satisfying, good fuckin’ time. But let’s be clear–his is not the sadistic, condescending jokery of an angry genius (à la Rivers Cuomo whining “Pork and Beans”), but a warm, cuddly, Hakuna Matata-pluck at hedonism: Not “fuck you” ha-ha, but “FUCK YEAH!” HA HA!

W.K. recently released a series of J-pop covers only found in Japan, meant as a thank-you gift to his equally warm and cuddly fans in the country. The recordings are executed with all the razzle-dazzle of show tunes, theme songs, and pop anthems, but be ready for a surprise. Something in his vocal delivery and synth orchestration makes the songs deliciously smart and might even invoke a little classic Bowie. (I know, I know. You’re like, “What?!”–but just trust me on this one).

The 14 songs, which includes piano ballad “Kiseki,” can be streamed at his website (listed on the album Premium Collection – The Japan Covers–you’ll have to skip the first 10 songs or so) and are worth the buffering. Enjoy!

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Rice Art

July 11th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Ever hear of Rice Paddy art? It’s the Japanese version of crop circles.


Only it wasn’t left by aliens. We think.

Click here for more fun pics.

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SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: Redefining "Big in Japan"

February 27th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Sayonara, bitches! Barry Bonds may be headed to Japan.

Bonds’ agent Jeff Borris has been trying to land a deal for his 43 year-old client with the Tampa Bay Rays (they presumably removed the “Devil” from their name because they blame Satan for sucking), but he remains open to internasianal options:

“He’s not retiring,” Bonds’ agent, Jeff Borris, told Metro yesterday. “He intends to play somewhere. If a door doesn’t open for Barry in the major leagues, as unbelievable as that possibility sounds, then Japan certainly is an option.”

Bonds in Japan? Getting lost in translasian might be just what Bonds needs, what with his winning personality. And it sure beats jail.

That said, the criminalization of steroids is bullshit. Bud Selig needs to step it up and keep testing, fining, suspensions, and all other punishment in-house. Ban players from the league, don’t let them get thrown in jail. The Congressional Steroid Circus is only a waste of our fuckin’ tax dollars.

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ROCK OF ASIAN: The Pipettes

December 5th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The NY Times recently mentioned that retro concept-trio The Pipettes were launched in Japan because it seemed their cute polka-dot outfits and sugary harmonies would stick faster, and we’ll admit, we sniffed a little. Ka-Ching Chong, indeed!

But when we watched their video (above) for “Because It’s Not Love (But It’s Still A Feeling), which was partially funded by Panasonic to serve doubly as a commercial, we realized that The Pipettes are simply trying to, as Tim Gunn would say, make it work in a quickly imploding musical industry. It’s pretty Honorasian of them to hop on the techno-consumerism train to make their indie shtick work. And they’re so damn cute that we hope they become big everywhere else, too.

Check The Pipettes out officially here.

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