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podcast ICFJ #034 – BIG NEWS, TarO&JirO, Mayu Wakisaka, FACT, Uhnellys and more

by Daniel Robson on March 28th, 2014

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ICFJ#034′s playlist includes Uhnellys (Doors), Molice (Rainbow), FACT (Disclosure), Taro&Jiro (Once In A While), The Cold Tommy (Passcode), The Kanmuri (Kaettekita Heavy Metal), Mayu Wakisaka (24 Hours), Mikinorme (Sokubaku) and Tomoyuki Nagasawa (Supermarket Blues), plus BIG NEWS about UK shows, and interviews with TarO&JirO, Mayu Wakisaka and a pair of J-pop ambassadors. Plus chat and that from Daniel and Asuka.

Find band links and more info at www.itcamefromjapan.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @ItCameFromJapan – and hey, write us a message on our iTunes page and let us know what you think! All tracks used with permission. ©2014 It Came From Japan

Uhnellys – Doors (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
Molice – Rainbow
FACT – Disclosure (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
Interview with Taro&Jiro
Taro&Jiro – Once In A While (CD Japan)
The Cold Tommy – Passcode (CD Japan)
The Kanmuri – Kaettekita Heavy Metal (CD Japan)
Interview with the J-pop ambassadors
Interview with Mayu Wakisaka
Mayu Wakisaka – 24 Hours (CD Japan)
Mikinorme – Sokubaku (Amazon UK / CD Japan)
Tomoyuki Nagasawa – Supermarket Blues (Amazon UK / CD Japan)

This episode is supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. Thanks!

YouTube playlist of videos by artists on this episode
Japan Rising stage at The Great Escape
More info on Japan Rising
The Great Escape festival
Daniel on PROMIC TV part 1
Daniel reporting on AnimeJapan for Manga UK
James Dean Death Scene on YouTube and Twitter
Brogdale Collections hanami in Faversham, Kent
No To Yasushi Akimoto at the 2020 Olympics (petition)

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by Daniel Robson on October 17th, 2012

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Hailing from Nagoya (or Neo-Nagoya as they call it), new-wave five-piece Budo Grape are gearing up for their very first tour of the UK on 26-28 October. The band are Quminco Grape (vocals), Nagai Grape (guitar, songwriting), Matsui Grape (bass), Naho Grape (keyboard) and Taichi Grape (drums). We crammed into their tour van when they were in Tokyo for a show last month to find out how they expect a UK audience to react, how cruel they are to new recruit Naho, and why Quminco’s mum hates to hear her swear. Listen to episode #016 of the podcast to hear the interview and an exclusive live recording of their song Kiss Too Shy, or read the transcript below!

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ICFJ #033 – Japan Nite special – Vampillia, Jungles (Red Bacteria Vacuum), Hatsune Miku, Tsushimamire and more

podcastby Daniel Robson on February 25th, 2014

ICFJ#033′s playlist includes Lillies And Remains (This City), Zarigani$ (Johnny), Baal (Chikushoudou -Brush Aside Your Way-), Vampillia ft. Noriko Tujiko (Endless Summer), Deco*27 x Sasakure.UK ft. Hatsune Miku (Aozora Harusaito), Tsushimamire (Speedy Wonder), Owarikara (Saihate Song), Jungles (Rock’N'Roll Party), Peelander Z (Alphabet) and Silent Siren (Are You Ready?), plus a special on SXSW and the Japan Nite tour featuring interviews with Jungles from Red Bacteria Vacuum, Vampillia and Zarigani$. Plus the usual chat and twisted digression from Daniel and Asuka.

Aiha Higurashi (The Girl)

interviewby Daniel Robson on August 26th, 2012

The Girl is the new-ish band of Aiha Higurashi, formerly of the bands Seagull Screaming Kiss Her Kiss Her and The Loves!, as well as a solo artist under her own name and a songwriter for artists such as Yuki (of Judy And Mary) and Aikawa Nanase. Aiha chatted with us on episode 14 of the It Came From Japan podcast about her exploits, why humming is the purest form of music and how she gains access to the various rooms inside her head. Listen to the podcast to hear the interview and The Girl’s song Benjamin, or read the transcript below!

ICFJ #032 – Cibo Matto, Soda!, Coba-U, Unlimits and more

podcastby Daniel Robson on January 29th, 2014

ICFJ#032′s playlist includes Unlimits (Eternal), SODA! (Heart Ni), TarO & JirO (Silent Siren), Cibo Matto (Hotel Valentine), Etsuyo Elle Emerald (Follow me), Nakanoise Band (Sorekara) and Coba U (Happy Song), plus interviews with Miho Hatori and Yuka C Honda from Cibo Matto. Also! Daniel and Asuka waffle as usual – and will Asuka actually get the Facebook URL right first time for once? Let’s face it, probably not.


interviewby Daniel Robson on July 17th, 2012

Cantoy are a four-piece band originally hailing from Nagoya, now based in Tokyo and signed to Splatter Records, the label owned by Dai Kato from Ketchup Mania and KillKills. Vocalist miri-pow, guitarist Catherine, bassist Haga-Chang and drummer Ken joined us on episode 13 of the It Came From Japan podcast to talk about their new album, Kill (due out late July 2012), and their obsession with beer. Listen to the podcast to hear the interview and new song Tenkaippin, or read the transcript below!

ICFJ #031 – Tokyo Boot Up, Noodles, Shonen Knife, Electric Eel Shock, Dempagumi.inc and more

podcastby Daniel Robson on December 18th, 2013

ICFJ#031′s playlist includes Hamada Maron (Taikutsuna Yoru Wa Boogie Wo), Lighter190E (Pandora), Suzu (Usotsuki), Yuuno (Galileo), Electric Eel Shock (MMMBop), SpecialThanks (Getting On), Fuyuu Suru Neko (Daruke), Dempagumi.inc (Vandalism) and Shonen Knife (Sweet Christmas), plus a report from Tokyo Boot Up festival including interviews with Noodles, Bugy Craxone, Josy, Lighter190E, Fuyuu Suru Neko and Yuuno. Also! Win some Christmassy stuff, hear Daniel and Asuka’s best music and favourite memories of 2013 and all the usual chitter and chatter. And chotter? No, that would be going too far.

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Japan Rising at The Great Escape!

NEWSby Daniel Robson on March 28th, 2014

Here’s the big news we’ve been teasing for a couple of months. It Came From Japan is involved in putting on an official Japan showcase stage at The Great Escape festival in Brighton, England, in May! JAPAN RISING will be held on 10 May 2014 at the Queens Hotel in Brighton, 12-4pm. We’ll have free sushi for everyone, and […]

More Budo Grape UK dates!

NEWSby Daniel Robson on September 6th, 2013

Budo Grape have added extra UK dates for November! As previously announced, Neo-Nagoya new-wave rock band Budo Grape will perform at the Doki Doki Japanese pop-culture festival in Manchester on 9 November. Extra dates have now been added in Brighton on 8 Nov and London on 10 November, so you can get a taste of […]

Budo Grape play at Doki Doki festival 2013!

NEWSby Daniel Robson on April 29th, 2013

It Came From Japan is thrilled to announce that Budo Grape, Japan’s fruitiest new-wave rock band, will return to the UK this autumn! Budo Grape will play live on 9 November at the Doki Doki festival, which will be held at Manchester’s Sugden Sports Centre. The 2011 edition of the festival drew 1,600 fans of Japanese pop […]

Buy Japanese CDs online – in English!

NEWSby Daniel Robson on February 22nd, 2013

ICFJ has joined affiliate programs with CD Japan and Amazon.co.uk! From now on we’ll add links to the playlist for each episode, so you can easily click through and buy the album that features that song. Here’s the playlist for the latest episode, #021. CD Japan is all in English and delivers most of its […]

Asuka joins the It Came From Japan podcast

NEWSby Daniel Robson on January 22nd, 2013

Meet Asuka, new co-presenter on the It Came From Japan podcast! Asuka will join us from episode #020 and share some of her favourite music. Check out the video intro below!

Win free anime and free music!

NEWSby Daniel Robson on January 5th, 2013

We have 2 copies of Journey To Agartha to give away! This widely lauded anime is out on 28 January on Blu-ray, DVD and collectors’ edition, courtesy of Manga Entertainment. We also have 5 copies of Dancing After 1am, a compilation CD of 18 Japanese underground bands, all of whom are amazing. The album was […]

Win Ninja Scroll Blu-ray/DVD steelbook sets!

NEWSby Daniel Robson on November 9th, 2012

We have 5 copies of Ninja Scroll DVD/Blu-ray collectors’ edition steelbook to give away! This anime classic is out on 26 November on Blu-ray for the first time, and this HD version includes a director’s commentary and comes in a world-exclusive steelbook, along with a bonus DVD copy of the film. For a chance to […]

Budo Grape UK tour – more info!

NEWSby Daniel Robson on September 11th, 2012

Here are some more details of the dates Budo Grape will play in England in october. 26 Oct BRIGHTON Cable Club @ The Prince Albert £4 adv; 8pm W/ White Star Liners, Running Dogs + Atlantic & Lion www.whitestarliners.co.uk 27 Oct LONDON Japan Underground Vs NEO @ Bloomsbury Lanes Kingpin Suite £5 adv, £8 door; […]

Budo Grape UK tour!

NEWSby Daniel Robson on August 3rd, 2012

It Came From Japan is thrilled to bits to announce that Nagoya band BUDO GRAPE will play three UK shows at the end of October. Oh yeah! OCTOBER 2012 DATES 26 BRIGHTON The Prince Albert 27 LONDON Japan Underground Vs. NEO  28 MANCHESTER Doki Doki More info coming soon! Budo Grape are a catchy, high-energy […]

Help save Japan!

NEWSby Daniel Robson on March 20th, 2011

Oh! Northeast Japan needs your help – and It Came From Japan, plus a roster of our celebrity mates, want to tell how you can pitch in. You already know about the magnitude 9.0 megaquake and ensuing tsunami on 11 March, which wiped out many towns in Tohoku region in the Northeast of Japan and […]

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