Category Archives: Japan: music, culture, social issues

Japan indie music scene: Osaka’s “.es” = Dot Es…introducing themselves

Text by Sara Dotes

Photo by 稲垣元則

In 2009, .es started out as contemporary multi-media music unit based at “Gallery Nomart” in Osaka, Japan. .es consists of Takayuki Hashimoto (guitar, alto saxophone and harmonica etc), Sara (piano, cajon and dance etc ) and Satoshi Hayashi, modern art director and producer of .es. Hashimoto and Sara are multi-instrumentalists and also Sara occasionally dances with Hashimoto’s sound. Their live music performances all have a different theme and they choose instruments appropriate for each theme. All of their performances are in an improvised style.

The two members of .es (Hashimoto and Sara) came to respect and play various musical styles such as rock, punk, classical music, flamenco, and increasingly found themselves wanting to express the impulse on principles and unchangeable soul.

Continue reading

Japanese TV commercials are the best! But Japan…?

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

Here are 6 Japanese TV commercials that would probably never be made in America. I love how Japanese produce their TV commercials which are very unique, serious but funny/hilarious at the same time, surreal, sophisticated, naive, ironic and sometimes “Zen like”. I also like the out of context use of sound and music contradicting each other. Peter Sellers or Monty Python would enjoy watching them!



But…unfortunately these commercials can’t be applied or referred to daily life in Japan. In fact life in Japan isn’t as exciting as people here believe. It is unsophisticated and impersonal. In some degrees very boring.  Tokyo for example – which is Japan’s metropolis, the country’s brain and the center of culture and commerce – lost its life power since the start of the recession at the end of the 1980s. Since then no big changes have happened. In fact the recession forced the Japanese to get aware that something was wrong with them. Instead of getting in charge of their own lives they tried to keep their lifestyles of before. Nobody wanted to take any responsibilities. Most people ignored their own deep feelings and anger. By the way did you know that Japan has the highest suicide rate in the world? Doesn’t this say alot about this country?

Continue reading

Help Japan From Brooklyn: A Benefit Through Film & Music!!!

Date: Monday, March 21, 2011
Time: 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Venue: Brooklyn Winery (213 N. 8th Street, between Roebling Street and Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, NY
Ticket: $10 min. donation at door, all proceeds and all wine sales go directly to the Lions Club Japan Earthquarke Fund.

About this event

Live From Tokyo, Hideo Nakamura and Sai Morikawa are hosting a benefit screening and concert event for the earthquake / tsunami victims of Japan sponsored by Brooklyn Winery. Please come out, support Japan in their time of need, enjoy some Japanese influenced sights and sounds and delicious wine!!

Continue reading