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What Happened at Japan's Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, no booze, cross-dressing, and segregation: this fest is all about promoting Harajuku culture to foreign bodies.
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If You Don't Go See Virtual Pop Star Hatsune Miku in Concert, You're Insane
Japan's premiere virtual superstar is playing LA and NYC later this month and it's gonna be a nerdgasm of epic proportions.
What People Were Wearing at Japan's Summer Sonic Festival
Even Japanese festivalgoers like flower crowns. But they really upped the ante with their stuffed worm headgear.
Japanese Pop Star Oomori Seiko's Music Sounds like "Disneyland in Hell"
She wears blood-soaked nurses outfits, thinks boys are stinky, and describes making a CD as "like a burial."
Meet Bakubaku Dokin, the Weirdo J-Pop Duo Who Will Make Your Heart Go Boom
They sing about haircuts and meat, love The Spice Girls and Hanson, and want to bring their act to America.
Inside the Dark but Colorful Hyper-Reality of Urbangarde
The "trauma techno pop" band talks about suicide by selfies, blood as the ultimate accessory, and Japan's rising artists.
Cibo Matto Are Back to Talk About Mother Fucking Nature
Step into the Hotel Valentine.
Charisma.com: This Japanese Electro-rap Duo Will Make Your Life Better
Female Japanese artists aren't all super-cute, rainbow-loving J-pop puppets. Charisma.com are dryly humorous and write flinty rhymes that are critical about society while being catchy and cool too.
Mike Watt Loves Japanese Math Rockers Lite and So Do We
We met up with Lite at their Tokyo rehearsal space to talk bowel malfunctions, Mike Watt's special sauce, and tips for eating curried rice.