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Japan Summer Music Festival Guide: Oh No, Let’s Go!

Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic and the whole shebang offer up your choice of rock, pop, jazz, EDM and more in the great outdoors.

By 7 min read

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It’s a Long Way to the Top: Starting a Band in Japan

Tips on finding bandmates, places to practice, spots to play live and more for anyone who wants to play music in Japan.

By 6 min read

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Summer Music Festival Frenzy 2017

Japan’s summer music festival season is back, bringing headliners like LCD Soundsystem and the Foo Fighters to mountains and stadiums across the nation.

By 8 min read

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Ten Essential Songs for Your Japanese Christmas Party

Wow (or is it torture?) your guests with this ultimate playlist of Japanese Christmas songs.

By 5 min read

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Praised and Reused: A Guide to Buying New and Used Instruments in Japan

The best places to buy musical instruments in Japan. Rock on.

By 6 min read

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4 Examples of Japanese Background Music and Where to Find Them

You hear it every single day everywhere in Japan but you have no idea how or why. This is Japanese background music or BGM.

By 5 min read

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5 Amazing Japanese Albums You’ve Never Heard Of

Looking to discover more Japanese music? This guide covers some of the core sounds to come out of Japan over the past 50 years.

By 6 min read

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Raving Akihabara Style: What is anison?

"Anison" — short for anime song — is a music genre that is unique to Japan. But what exactly does it sound like? An Akiba raver gives us the lowdown.

By 3 min read