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The One and Only Yoshiki

The popularity of Japanese music has been growing at an accelerated rate thanks in part to X Japan’s Yoshiki who keeps setting the bar higher and higher. He has created an entire genre of music (visual kei), inspired a generation of Japanese musicians (see the interviews with One Ok Rock and NIGHTMARE) and grown a worldwide fanbase. He has toured the globe as both the hardcore drummer for X Japan and as a classical pianist whose 2014 world tour packed airports with fans and filled concert halls in Southern California, San Francisco, Mexico City, Moscow, Berlin, Paris, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo and Osaka. X Japan are revving up for their October 11th concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden. See our special feature in upcoming Issue #276.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dr. Henr y Heimlich and Cuba Gooding, Jr.
Tokyo Journal’s landmark 275th issue features Oscar-award-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., who sheds insight into his new screenplay writing and directing initiatives; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who shows he is far more than the greatest basketball player of all time; and perhaps the most important person I have ever interviewed – Dr. Henry Heimlich, who has saved more lives than any other human being alive today.

Kawaii Culture & Japanese Music
This landmark issue also features exclusive interviews with iconic figures in the Japanese world of entertainment and “kawaii” (cute) culture. Singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Harajuku artist / producer Sebastian Masuda are carrying the kawaii flag worldwide. Meanwhile, One Ok Rock, SEKAI NO OWARI and vocaloid/virtual superstar Hatsune Miku, who recently opened for Lady Gaga, are wowing music fans overseas with their sounds, attitudes and performances. tj

The complete article can be found in Issue #275 of the Tokyo Journal. Click here to order from Amazon.

Written By:

Anthony Al-Jamie

Dr. Anthony Al-Jamie lived and worked as an educational administrator and journalist in Tokyo for over 20 years. His in-depth understanding of Japanese language and culture has allowed him to carry out interviews with many of the most renowned individuals in Japan. He first began writing for the Tokyo Journal in the 1990s as Education Editor, later he was promoted to Senior Editor, and eventually International Editor. He currently works in higher education publishing and serves the Tokyo Journal as Executive Editor.



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