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Music Hall: YUKI

YUKI (all caps, please) is one of the more prolific singers to have captured the Japanese imagination. She first hit the big time in 1991, when she formed a band … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Music Hall: Shizuko Kasagi

One of the most popular jazz singers to emerge in the post-war days of the American occupation of Japan was Shizuko Kasagi. She was heavily influenced by American jazz and … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · Leave a comment

Pink Lady: “What Are We, Chopped Tempura?”

Pink Lady was one of the hottest pop groups to come out of Japan in the 70s. Mitsuyo Nemoto (Mie) and Keiko Masuda (Kei) are now in their 50s, but they still … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

When Sukiyaki is Not Sukiyaki

Way back in 1963, something very rare occurred. A Japanese song – sung in Japanese – captured the hearts of Americans and made it all the way to #1 on … Continue reading

March 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

All Together Now: The Beatles “Images of a Woman”

When the Beatles visited Japan in 1966 at the height of Beatlemania, it was a chaotic scene. They were scheduled to play at Budokan Hall in Tokyo, a venue with special … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Music Hall: Orange Pekoe

Orange Pekoe is a popular Japanese jazz duo. Kazuma Fujimoto and Tomoko Nagashima began their collaboration in 1998, while graduate students at Osaka’s Kwansei Gakuin University. They gained popularity in the Kansai … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Music Hall: Kaori Kobayashi

Kaori Kobayashi is a 31-year-old jazz flautist and saxophonist extraordinaire. With the support of her creative parents (her father was a photographer and her mother a piano teacher), Kobayashi began … Continue reading

March 13, 2013 · 3 Comments