Notes From Nihon IV: Kokushoku Elegy

By Xin-Rui Lee, Staff Writer Having just caught Peter Murphy last Thursday night, I’ve got myself into a bit of a goth-rock groove this week. Hence, our featured artist for the fourth installment of Notes From Nihon hearkens back to the darker days of the 1980’s, to a time where Japanese music was much less…

Notes From Nihon III: Tricot

By Xin Rui Lee, Staff writer “Technical proficiency” just doesn’t cut it for these ladies. They’ve taken polished instrumentals, jazzed them up and put whipped cream and a cherry on top. In recent times, the stunning Kyoto-based trio know as Tricot (pronounced “tree-ko”) have been creating a buzz amongst the western hemisphere, garnering positive reactions…

Notes From Nihon II: Yumi Matsutoya

By Xin-Rui Lee, staff writer Hayao Miyazaki. Yes. Studio Ghibli’s resident chain-smoking genius and the quintessential name-drop when it comes to Japanese animated films. If you’ve never seen one of his stunning pictures, I suggest you keep that to yourself. Otherwise, you’re running the risk of becoming a social pariah for this gaping void in…

Notes From Nihon I: Noah

By Xin-Rui Lee, Staff Writer Hello dear reader, and welcome to the all-new column Notes From Nihon. Each week, I will be picking one fabulous artist from the land of the rising sun and giving you the low down on why you ought to be listening to them (or more like presenting to you their…