Welcome to my new website! Still a work in progress.
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to make it to NYC for L’Arc-en-Ciel’s utterly awesome concert at Madison Square Garden. I always used to complain about how I missed the Otakon show and they haven’t come back to the U.S. since… well, I am finally vindicated.
I wrote a review of the MSG show for Kirin Media. Check it out: “L’Arc-en-Ciel Rocks Madison Square Garden”
The NY Times also published a great review: “A Debut in New York, 20 Years in the Making”
Now they need to come back so I can see them again! When do we get a Los Angeles show?!
Join us this Friday at the Q Pop Help Japan Art fundraiser from 7PM-11PM in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles! Live performances by Dig Jelly, Stephanie Yanez and Po Lo, music from the Tune in Tokyo DJs (that includes me!), silent auction, and more! $5 donation requested. Come one, come all! Have fun on a Friday night AND make a difference – how can you go wrong? For the country that has brought us so much amazing music, animation, fashion and culture, this is the least we can do in return. ^_^
Following is our press release for the event tomorrow night!
Tune in Tokyo and Diamond Gal Circle present “Holiday Hot Mess” at Royal/T
LOS ANGELES, CA (December 11th, 2010)—Tune in Tokyo and Diamond Gal Circle announce our first holiday party at Royal/T Cafe and Artspace, “HOLIDAY HOT MESS”! Join us for a night of Japanese Gal and Punk fashion, J-Pop and ParaPara dances, a performance by rock band Dig Jelly, and tons of holiday fun at LA’s most beautiful and cutting edge cafe and art gallery!
HOLIDAY HOT MESS spotlights the Gyaru (or “Gal”) fashion movement that developed in Japan’s Shibuya neighborhood and other trendy locations in Tokyo. Diamond, a national Gyaru-Sa (or “Gal Circle) will host the event, which will include a holiday fashion show by STAR COUTURE, and other activities that will introduce the world of GAL fashion to LA!
Punk fashion will be represented as well, with leading Japanese label h.NAOTO presenting a video of their latest TOKYO COLLECTION, and offering prizes from their Hangry & Angry, SIXh. and h.NAOTO lines for “best dressed” There will also be door prizes from online music retailer JapanFiles and Japanese culture blog Kawaii Kakkoii Sugoi!
This is your opportunity express, and celebrate your love of Japanese Gal and Punk fashion! We’ll be offering a dramatic glimpse into Gal life and fashion in Tokyo, but you can also show us what kind of Japanese fashion inspires you! Feel free to dress up! Shibuya and Harajuku street fashion is encouraged (but of course, not required).
This trip into Gyaru subculture wouldn’t be complete without PARAPARA, the driving, Eurobeat-informed, syncronized dance from Japan best known through video games like “ParaParaParadise”. Special guest DJ Yuki will be spinning the best in ParaPara tracks, with routines demonstrated for newcomers!
Dig Jelly, the Los Angeles based hard rock band fronted by Japanese vocalist Rayko, will take the stage later in the evening. The Tune in Tokyo DJs will also be dropping J-Pop, K-Pop, and Global Dance throughout the night.
In addition, partygoers will have two great options for getting photographed in their holiday best! Cosplay in America creator and photographer Ejen Chuang will be shooting portraits, and we’ll also have a $2 mistletoe instant photo booth!
Royal/T will also be offering a limited light menu (at an additional charge). Menu and prices to be announced.
Admission for the event is $10. All ages are welcome!
This is the Gal Fashion and J-Pop event of the year! It’s your chance to be both naughty and nice! Join LA’s only Japanese & Global Pop DJ Unit Tune in Tokyo, and Diamond Gyaru-Sa for HOLIDAY HOT MESS!