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The Skinny on TIMM’s Three Day Music Showcase!

1 Nov

Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) has its annual music showcase online and it begins November 4-6! This three-day event will be livestreamed worldwide via their official YouTube channel.

Now in its 17th year, TIMM brings together music industry professionals, buyers, and artist representatives for seminars, performances, and business meetings designed to build relationships and spark financial partnerships promoting Japanese music artists to the ever-changing international market.

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Vicke Blanka vs Taiiku Okazaki over Bakashi Hour Night!

26 Oct

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Vicke Blanka and Taiiku Okazaki have teamed up for Bakashi Hour Night! This highly danceable track has a lot to like. It speaks of friendship, music and retro gaming. The collaboration should be of no surprise when these two J-pop stars are in fact buddies in real life and their love is recorded to all to see. The music video is now available to watch online and stream.

The Japanese word ‘bakashi’ means ‘bewitching’ or ‘enchanting’, ‘BAKASHI HOUR NIGHT’ is a song about friends hanging out together and wistfully longing to “mess around together for decades”. The music was composed and arranged by Vicke Blanka, and the lyrics were co-written by both Vicke Blanka and Okazaki.

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AmPm’s Strikes Thrice for October with Lupin III!

14 Oct

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Fans of masked production unit AmPm have three new reasons to celebrate! This duo have three brand-new releases. Available to listen now are remixes of “Chime” by Ai Otsuka and the title song to the upcoming CGI movie, “Lupin the Third!” This film will debut around North America on Oct 18th (dub) and 21st (subtitled). On the latter day, an original track from this duo will also be released to keep the funk on. They have reunited with vocal collaborators Michael Kaneko and Nao Kawamura to give fans more than a singular treat for this season.

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Japan is Too Cool with this Latest Update!

24 Mar

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Tim Craig’ss Cool Japan 2nd Edition is a very welcome update to looking at what’s trending, and how it affects the industry. The term was coined circa 2005 and when this look “Inside Japan’s Cultural and Creative Industries” can change overnight due to many influences–be it on a global scale or amid crisis–the effects are often longer term than a return to form.

The fast and furious industries in the business side of Japanese side entertainment–ranging from anime fandom to J-pop to manga and sumo (to name a few)–are not the only industries affected by change. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry coined the term.

Like the original edition, it’s written for folks who want a deeper look into the industry and it’s a perfect textbook to use not only in a high school level but also academic. Two new chapters–”Shesha and the Manga Industry Face a Midlife Crisis” and “Japanese Comedy: Entertainment Powerhouse Yoshimoto Kogyo Shaken by Scandal”– fill in the years between this edition and last. For the other chapters, addendums and what’s happening now are added to reveal whether or not projects like the Cool Japan strategy works.

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