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For fans of Japanese Popular Music. From para para to visual kei and every genre inbetween!

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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

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Happy from Harajuku Tokyo

I was recommended this little video from YouTube.

It’s a great display of all the diverse people in Japan and specifically Harajuku. I like how diverse the ages are, not just nothing but 20 somethings. There’s families, a couple of 40/50+ men, and even a sweet old business man that I guess might be about 70.

I also like that it supports but dispels some of the ideas of the Harajuku area. It’s probably best known for being “the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles” (taken from Tokyo Travel). So it’s natural to include a lolita girl, some cafe maids, a cross dresser and even a bear (why not!). But the majority of people in the video are “normal” people. Very bold, expressive, stylish people, but not the stereotypical image of who abides in Harajuku.

And that’s how it should be, a realistic reflection of the residents of Harajuku. It’d be like making a video in Liverpool with nothing but footballers and Beatle-wannabes. It’s not styled like a tourist video. Yes it has sumo wrestlers, traditional kimonos, chefs (and even an appearance from Asimo!) but there’s businessmen, shop owners and people at a hanami (flower viewing). But the majority of the participants in the video are fun, vivacious, stylish people. To me it looks like a realistic snapshot of life in Harajuku. And it just makes me want to visit even more.




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Neo Kei – 21 Nov 2011

21 Nov 2011 – How is everyone doing? Firstly I know it has been forever since I’ve updated here, I resigned from my full time job and started interning so my focus has been elsewhere. I’ll post what I collected, then I’ll post a catch up from the last couple of weeks.

I’ve been having a play around with the blog format and thinking of extra features to share more information about Japanese music. I might also shorten the bulletins. Any suggestions would be welcome, and if anyone fancies designing a header logo let me know too.


  • Visual band 9GOATS BLACK OUT have a new single called Draw available from 09/11/2011. The third single from the band will have two editions, with the limited only available through their concerts and mail order.
  • The visual kei act AND will have their single Liberate available from 28/10/2011. After their single BLAZE, this is their second single release through label Victor Entertainment.
  • Crisis is the fourth single from the five month consecutive campaign from Acid Black Cherry. Due for release on 21/12/2011, the rock track will be accompanied by BELIEVE, originally performed by Watanabe Misato.
    Queen of hip-hop Amuro Namie will have a double A-side single available on 07/12/2011. Sit!Stay!Wait!Down! is another track produced T.kura and Michico, whilst Love Story is a ballad being used as the theme to drama Watashi ga Renai Dekinai Riyuu.
  • DIR EN GREY will have re-mastered their album UROBOROS which will be available along with their Blu-ray UROBOROS -with the proof in the name of living- AT NIPPON BUDOKAN on 01/01/2012. The new edition will include new and Japanese versions of album tracks originally released in November 2008. The Blu-ray will feature videos from two concerts consecutively held at Nippon Budokan in January 2010.
  • Dolly released their best-of album on 09/11/2011 to celebrate their 6 year anniversary. PRIVATE SHELL-Complete The Best 2005-2011- will have 22 tracks from the visual kei band.
  • DuelJewel‘s new album Luminous will include the March single Vamp Ash and the July single Polaris. The release on 07/12/2011 will be available as a regular edition with a new recording of Akatsuki andthe limited edition will have a DVD with live and bonus footage.
  • After the news about her FFXIII-2 single (announced here on Neo Kei IV), Fukui Mai will have a mini-album available on 14/12/2011. As yet untitled, it will have six tracks including the singles Ikutabi no sakura, Yakusoku no basho and acoustic Ai no uta. There will be an CD edition and a CD+DVD edition, which will have the PVs for Ikutabi no sakura, Ai no uta  and a promotional video for FINAL FANTASY XIII-2. The first press bonus is a special download code for the game.
  • The industrial rock duo HimemaniK, will their mini-album Ruler on 30/11/2011. This will be the first release with the new formation signed to Kiwamu’s label Starwave Records. The CD is available for pre-sale at concerts from 30/10/2011 and will be limited to 1,000 copies.
  • Johnny’s Entertainment group Kanjani8 will release their album FIGHT on 16/11/2011. The regular edition will have bonus songs from some of the members, and the limited editions include a tall case, a 48-page booklet and a DVD with various PV, making of and recording session footage.
  • On 19/10/2011 two singles from kanon x kanon have been given their European release by Gan-Shin Records. Koi no Doutei and Calendula Requiem are now available from the pair described as a “mystic female cello-vocalist and Akiba-kei Otaku male sound creator”. I have loved Calendula Requiem for ages, as soon as I heard I downloaded it straight away!
  • As part of a consecutive release campaign, Kuraki Mai will release Strong Heart on 23/11/2011. The R’n’B track will be the theme to drama HUNTER ~Sono Onna Tachi, Shokin Kasegi~. Pop-rock Ikimono-gakari will also release their single on 23/11/2011, entitled Aruite ikou. And Porno Graffitti will also have their single Yuki no iro available from 23/11/2011.
  • Model/singer Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has her single Tsukema tsukeru due on 11/01/2012.
  • Gan-Shin Records released LM.C‘s best of album across Europe on 08/11/2011. Entitled  ☆★Best the LM.C★☆ 2006-2011 SINGLES, it will feature 15 tracks from the last 5 years.
  • Another visual kei band, Megaromania will have a live album and a Christmas single available on 21/12/2011. Both called BLESSING MYTH, the album will cover the emergence the kingdom concert held at Shibuya O-WEST on 29/09/2011.
  • Another sister group of AB48, NMB48 released their single Oh my god! on 19/10/2011. The three editions will have the single, a B-side, a bonus track and karaoke versions of the tracks as well as a DVD.
  • Metal band Onmyo-za have a story concept album called Kishibojin avaiilable from 21/12/2011.
  • PASSPO☆ have a new single and album due for release both on 07/12/2011. The single Kiss = Suki will have a DVD with the PV, and the album CHECK-IN will have three editions.
  • The latest Johnny’s group has now been announced as Sexy Zone, made their self-titled-single debut on 16/11/2011. The youngest ever Johnny’s Entertainment group, the single will be available in five different editions, and like Kanjani Eight’s releases will have various video content.
  • Another Idol group S/mileage eighth single Please Mini-Skirt Postwoman! (random title!) will be released on 28/12/2011. The five editions’ content has yet to be confirmed. In artist news the four sub-members are now official members of the group, which consists of Wada Ayaka, Maeda Yuka, Fukuda Kanon, Nakanishi Kana, Takeuchi Akari, Katsuta Rina and Tamura Meimi.
  • Currently part of X JAPAN, LUNA SEA and JUNO REACTOR, guitarist SUGIZO will be releasing two albums on 07/12/2011. FLOWER OF LIFE and TREE OF LIFE will each be released with CD and CD+DVD editions, and feature the singles PRAY FOR MOTHER EARTH featuring Toshinori Kondo and ENOLA GAY.Further information about the albums is expected to be revealed closer to their release date.
  • THE SOUND BEE HD will release a mini-album on 14/12/2011. Called A-De, the tracks will mix electro, heavy rock and the Japanes style. This is the fourth part of the act’s gothic concept series and will be limited to 1,000 copies. I’d better pre-order fast!
  • Another sub-unit of AKB48, Watarirouka Hashiritai 7 will release ther single Kibou sanmyaku on 30/11/2011. This will be used as the opening theme for anime Crayon Shin-chan.


  • On 21/09/1987, BUCK-TICK released the video tape BUCK-TICK Genshou (LIVE) at THE LIVE INN, hit the stores on September 21st 1987. To celebrate 25 years since their debut, they have created a 25th anniversary website, and announced they have started their own label Lingua Sounda.
  • Special events will be held in December to celebrate the late X JAPAN guitarist hide on 13/12/2011. On the day hide Birthday Party!!2011will feature artists such as Kimura Seiji&YANA, CUTT electric, defspiral, MADBEAVERS and more. On 15/12/2011 there will also be a special  end of year club event with DJ Hiroaki Asai and VJ SHRIMP. There will also be a hidefashion doll released in collaboration with fashion doll manufacturer GROOVE as part of their TAEYANG series in 2012.
  • Following on from their single news, S/mileage member Maeda Yuuka will graduate on 31/12/2011 to concentrate on studying for university.
  • Korean girl band SNSD – GIRLS’ GENERATION will be making their USA debut after being signed to international label Interscope Records of the Universal Music Group. Their Korean album release has been postponed to focus on their US and worldwide promotion, but they have released The Boys on iTunes worldwide.


  • Following on from her musical news, Amuro Namie will have a live DVD due on 21/12/2011. namie amuro LIVE STYLE 2011 will be available in Blu-ray and DVD format, and will feature the Tokyo performance from her national tour of the same name, tracks from her collaboration album Checkmate! and her triple A-side single.
  • DELUHI will have a live DVD released on 21/12/2011. LIVE:VANDALISM will cover the disbanded visual kei band’s last live at the C.C. Lemon Hall on 07/08/2011.
  • exist†trace will be touring America in 2012, stopping off in Boston, MA, New York, NY, and Philadelphia, PA.
  • GACKT will be releasing a photo book from his 2010 European tour. Entitled GACKT in EUROPE, it will inlcude stage and backstage photos and a making-of DVD, it’s due in December, but no exact release date release.
  • Following on from their latest single, Ikimono-gakari will release a live DVD and Blu-ray. Ikimonomatsuri 2011 Donata Summer mo Tanoshimima SHOW!!! ~Yokohama Stadium~ will have footage from the 23/07/2011 and 24/07/2011 lives at Yokohama Stadium, as well as interviews, making-of and additional content to  to be confirmed.
  • L’Arc~en~Ciel have announced their world tour dates. Their first date is on 03/03/2012 in Hong Kong, before going to Thailand, China and Taiwan. They then go to the US for 23/03/2012, then they’ll be in the UK at London’s indigO2 in London on 11/04/2011, before ending in Paris on 14/04/2011. Their 20th L’Anniversary LIVE from Tokyo Ajinomoto Stadium on 28th and 29th May 2011 had it’s cinematic screening in Tokyo on 06/11/2011, with more screenings due across the world.
  • Visual kei band Lin will release their first live DVD on 28/12/2011. Entitled an epidemic of “OVERTURE” -2011.8.07 OSAKA BIG CAT-, this limited release will be available at their web shop and lives. It will feature a deluxe jacket, a random autographed trading photo card and the first press editions will include PVs. As an extra incentive, the first 500 people who  pre-order before 21/12/2011 will receive an extra DVD of the band’s concert at Osaka BIG CAT and off-shot footage.
  • A PV DVD called FILM LOTUS VIII by Nakashima Mika will be released on 11/01/2012. The eighth collection released so far, it will feature PVs, making-of footage, studio footage and from MIKA NAKASHIMA CONCERT TOUR 2011 THE ONLY STAR.
  • Idol group Momoiro Clover Z have a new DVD due on 21/12/2011. Being the third release, it’s current title is Momoiro Clover Z 3rd LIVE DVD and will feature the concert from 20/08/2011 at Yomiuri Land East.
  • VAMPS will release their VAMPS LIVE 2010 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST ARENA live DVD on 15/02/2012. The DVD will feature their VAMPS LIVE 2010 BEAST tour. The regular edition will have one disc with special documentary footage, whilst the limited edition will be as a digipak with three discs, containing the main concert, a Japanese and world documentary and a special booklet.


  • A preview has been  released of 2NE1‘s first Japanese single Go Away, released on 16/11/2011.
  • AI will be releasing the single Happiness on 14/12/2011. The PV will have her in various cosplay outfits, including a house keeper, a student and a salary man. The single is going to be the new commercial song for Coca Cola, which is big considering this is the first time in 10 years a Japanese artist has been involved in the Christmas promotions. Catch the CM here.
  • Ex-Morning Musume member Goto Maki revealed her PV for YOU, with a single being released on 02/11/2011.
  • J-Rockers Matenrou Opera have released the director’s cut for the PV to their single Otoshiana no Soko wa Konna Sekai.
  • Talking about Fukui Mai earlier, here is the preview PV for her single Yakusoku no Basho.


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