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Doki Doki 2017

I can’t believe this Saturday will be at Doki Doki Festival!


I’m very lucky to have been invited to perform once again at the Japanese Festival in local Manchester. I will be creating the soundtrack to the day in amongst the amazing enka, martial arts, drumming and idol performances. I will also be part of the After Party hosted by the Manchester University Anime Society with live music, games and competitions (you might see me having a go including my sets!)

Tickets are still available to buy online until Friday and then can be bought on the door.

There will be a plethora of artists selling their custom artwork, maid cafes, sellers with the most kawaii accessories, chibi characters, your favourite anime collectibles, official merchandise and more to buy. There’ll be so many competitions including language, gaming, and fashion/cosplay (show off all your hard work on your outfit!). Also there’s lots of panels and speakers on both modern and traditional aspects of Japanese culture, including Shinto, Buddhist and Summer Festivals in Japan, Ghost in the Shell and Japanese Calligraphy demonstrations.

And there’s so much more to see and do in Doki Doki, you really need to check out the full website of events or the Facebook page to stay up to date with everything.

Not only is Doki Doki such a fun place to be, proceeds will be donated to their supported charity, Aid for Japan, to continue the long-term help needed for orphans from the dreadful 2011 Tohoku disaster.

The programme can be found here and here is the map of the festival so you can quickly navigate to your favourite stalls, talk with experts and find that perfect cosplay photo location

I will be posting as many photos and videos as my phone battery and data allowance will allow!

What do you want to have as the soundtrack to your festival? Have you got any requests you want to hear in my sets? Leave a comment below or post on my Facebook page

Aragehonji breathes new life into traditional Japanese folk music — RocketNews24

These days its hard to describe any music as “unique” but Aragehonji certainly fit that bill. Aragehonji isn’t really new to the scene, having formed back in 2007, but recently the eight-member group has been gathering attention online via magazine website Japaaan thanks to their interesting fusion of Japanese traditional folk music and funk. It’s as unlikely a combination as…

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I’m very excited to announce that I will be returning as a performer to Doki Doki in Manchester this November!

This will be my 3rd venture into the festival and I’m so looking forward to sharing my favourite music and providing the soundtrack during the festival day and being the reason you’re on the dancefloor at the afterparty. It’ll also be brilliant to see Budo Grape perform alongside the other performers, artists and stall holders.

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Review & Giveaway 21: Tokyo – Capital of Cool

Win a copy of “Tokyo: Capital of Cool” by Rob Goss. Just the front cover alone hints at the amazing representations of Tokyo

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One more review of a book I’ve received from Tuttle Books!
As always, they have agreed to give one free copy of this book to a random visitor to my blog!

(Other book giveaways that you can enter, by August 31st, are for a kanji book, katakana book, a hiragana book, and a type of language guide.)

The book I’m reviewing today is titled “Tokyo: Capital of Cool” by Rob Goss.

Tokyo: Capital of Cool Tokyo: Capital of Cool

I will put the details of the free drawing for this book at the end of this post.

This is a handcover book full of wonderful, large color photographs of Tokyo’s landscape, architecture, people, festivals, restaurants, and much more!

It includes maps of the areas shown and explains about them in detail.

There is also a chapter about Tokyo’s neighboring areas.

This book is perfect for anyone living in…

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Playlist 28-5-15 *East Meets West*

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Momoiro Clover Z vs KISS- Yume No Ukiyo Ni Saitemina Japan/USA
POLYSICS ft Mark Mothersbaugh of DEVO- Mecha- Mania Boy Japan/USA
Simple Plan ft Taka of ONE OK ROCK- Summer Paradise USA/Japan
Will.I.Am ft 2NE1 & Getting’ Dumb USA/Korea
Koda Kumi ft Fergie- That Ain’t Cool Japan/USA
Pixie Lott ft G-Dragon & T.O.P- Dancing On My Own UK/Korea
PSY ft Snoop Dogg- Hangover Korea/USA
Owl City ft Sekai No Owari- Tokyo USA/Japan
Ne-Yo ft Utada- Do You USA/Japan
Epik High ft Kero One, Dumbfounded, MYK & Rakaa from Dilated Peoples- Rocksteady Korea/USA
MC Sniper ft L.E.O, Illinit, Baechigi, Outsider, DJ R2, Chwi-Raep & Krazy Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony- One NationKorea/USA
MIYAVI VS YUKSEK- Day 1Japan/France
Han Geng, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J ft Kill The Noise & Madsonik- Shell Shocked (Chinese Version) China/USA
Kyousuke Himuro ft Gerard Way- Safe and Sound Japan/USA
ONE OK ROCK ft Kellin from…

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