Author: Jessica Canavan


  The Tokyo and Yokohama area was greeted to downpour rain and storm level winds on June 21st, the last day of the MUCC 20th Anniversary Live. However, the unpleasant weather did not stop MUCC fans from packing themselves into the Budokan venue. The venue was large, but the circular shape of it and the leveled seating gave the feeling of closeness and intimacy. The area designated on the ground floor for the mosh pit further increased this feeling, as the fans gathered around each other in excitement. As the fans continued to come into the venue, light rock...

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Event Report: Women’s Pro Wrestling [Ryogoku]

  We’ve all heard of people coming to Japan and teaching English or practicing martial arts. Maybe you even know someone in the US navy that’s stationed there; but what you may not know is that women’s pro-wrestling in Japan is considered one of the best in the world, which brings a few international fighters into the ring. In a small hall on the 3rd floor of a building in Ryogoku, chaos and ass kicking is about to ensue. A crowd of mainly middle aged men and women have gathered to watch four matches – three single matches; one...

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RAINDIA is still a fairly new visual kei band that formed in 2014. The band consists of five members: Ken Miyoshi (Vocalist), Takahiro (Guitar), S (Guitar), Ryu (Bass), and Tsubasa (Drums). They held a live concert at Ikebukuro Edge on Saturday, February 25th. The Ikebukuro Edge venue was very small and intimate. The band could clearly see the audience and the audience could clearly see the band, even from the back of the venue. This allowed for easy fan interaction, which occurred often during the course of the live. Before the live began, the crowd relaxed and chatted on...

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LIVE REPORT: the GazettE – 15th Anniversary – DAINIPPON ITANGEISHA「BOUDOUKU GUDON NO SAKURA」[Yoyogi National Stadium]

As the crowd of eager fans gather quickly in Yoyogi Stadium, there is a strong foreign presence. The sound of Limp Bizkit was loudly playing over the speakers, the stands and arena are almost full. The stage area is completely dark with no distinct markings of any kind; no big “the GazettE” logo, nor any other indicator that a large-scale performance is about to take place. Suddenly, the music stops and a man makes an announcement. “The concert is about to start. Please don’t stand on the seats and be careful not to bang your heads when headbanging.” Laughter...

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LIVE REPORT: A9 – “IDEAL HORIZON” [Shinjuku ReNY] April 12th

  A large, diverse group of fans was packed tightly, though comfortably, into the Shinjuku ReNY venue on April 12th for the A9 (formerly Alice Nine) IDEAL HORIZON LIVE. Small chandeliers hung from the ceiling, shining brightly down on the fans waiting below. As the band took to the stage, the lights dimmed and then extinguished, only to be replaced by an array of colorful and vibrant glowing. The glowing came from the light up bands that the fans wore around their wrists, with each color representing a different band member. White was for Shou (vocalist), red was for...

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