- November, 2020
“Truck Guys”, On The Road Again
In this column, I will introduce the movie series Torakku Yaro (Truck Guys). This is an action-comedy movie about a Japanese long-distance truck driver. When the first one was released in 1975, it was a big hit with box office revenue of 8 million dollars, and 10 sequels were made in 5 years. Bunta Sugawara, who played the main character Momojiro, previously became a...
What is behind Aimyon’s popularity?
Aimyon debuted from an indies label in 2015, and has gained strong popularity. Her debut song shocked listeners with lyrics that were so radical that it was banned from being broadcast on TV and radio. The promotional video was very innovative, using the communication app LINE. Aimyon’s family had a big influence on her wanting to become a singer songwriter. She grew up listening to...
Seattle Restaurants Information
We are collecting new information. Stay tuned!
I love the 80’s!
Growing up, I enjoyed listening to Japanese Showa Pops as well as American and British music, and this had a huge impact on my life. As a DJ in the 80’s, I enjoyed playing Ray Parker Jr, Earth Wind and Fire, and other hot R&B and Disco music for large crowds in clubs and discos around Tokyo and Yokohama. I love the 80’s! Japan at the...
QAZ Japan’s Top YouTube Pick: WAO RYU! ONLY in JAPAN
Backstage Path: Leaping to the World from Chicago
Masks Are the Future
Who is Japan’s No. 1 Band?
Who is Japan’s No. 1 band? My response would be “Southern All Stars”. They are a great band who has released so many hit songs since their debut in 1978. When I was 13 years old, I first heard their debut song “Katteni Sindbad” and remember getting goosebumps. It is when I heard “Itoshi no Ellie”, that I realized the profound impact that music had...