Hello Everyone!

Summer is rolling in, and there are some really exciting Japanese music events coming to Los Angeles! Club parties, conventions, and concerts over the next few months are going to be presenting an array of artists from Japan, including DJs, J-Pop, Indie, and J-Rock acts!

This May, Revolt 2011 “Real or Fame” comes to club Good Hurt in Santa Monica. This beautiful venue has played host to Tune in Tokyo friends like Do Not Feed the DJ, Stephanie Yanez, and Vamp Star. On May 15th, the crew for Nameless Group is doing a show there featuring ANOTHER STORY, Hey LA”s very own DJ Amaya, DJ Loquito, Hinobi, and a special appearance by Diamond Gyaru-Sa! The event will also feature Japan relief and recovery fundraiser activities.

Then, on May 29th, Tokyo Collaboration comes to the Avalon in Hollywood. This is the premiere event for the Japanese club scene in Los Angeles, featuring superstar DJs from Japan and many special guests. Their event last fall, Tokyo Style, featured J-Pop legend and DJ Suzuki Ami. It was amazing, and this summer”s party looks to be just as exciting.

June marks the return of Tune in Tokyo to Royal/T Cafe, Shop, and Artspace. We”ll be announcing special guests and more details about a month before the show. In the meantime, join us for a Lolita Meetup in Irvine hosted by Oli Rivera! We”re thrilled to participating in this fun day in the park, with music, games, and lots of cool Japanese street fashion to go around.

Our most recent event, POP PUNK / POP IDOL was a memorable night, featuring an amazing performance from Stephanie Yanez! Check out coverage from Liz Ohanesian of the LA Weekly, including a photo gallery from Shannon Cottrell!

Stephanie Yanez has launched a collaboration with Hatsune Miku! Check out the DIGITAL DREAM CONCERT at TinierMe!

Convention season goes into full swing in early July with Anime Expo and AM2. LA plays host to two anime and Japanese pop culture conventions on the 4th of July weekend, featuring awesome special musical guests from Japan, fashion and cosplay events, and more! I”ll be announcing Tune in Tokyo”s activities during the holiday weekend soon. Keep our official website bookmarked, and stay tuned to our Facebook page and official website for further details.

It”s also been announced that Japanese rock legends B”z are coming to LA!! I”ll report back as more details emerge.

The Tune in Tokyo staff would like to thank everyone who supported the Japan benefit hosted by Q-Pop in March! Everyone”s generous donations raises an amazing amount, which was directed to Give2Asia, a San Francisco-based group directly benefiting NGOs in Japan.  Special thanks to the artists that contributed pieces for the auction, musical guests Dig Jelly and Stephanie Yanez, and a shout-out to La Carmina for joining us, and supporting the event through her blog!

Our friends at Sweet Streets, Bubble Punch, and JapanLA also organized an outstanding and successful benefit the same week. I”m proud of the relief efforts I saw throughout LA in March, with many benefits organized on short notice. I”ll share some additional thoughts about the current state the recovery at the end of this post.

We”ll be announcing the Tune in Tokyo summer schedule soon, including events featuring our friends Lolita Dark and Dig Jelly!  We look forward to seeing all our our friends from in LA and elsewhere!

Greg Hignight
Event Promoter and DJ, Tune in Tokyo, and Kawaii Kakkoii Sugoi contributor

It”s been almost two months since the Great Tohoku online casinos Earthquake, and in that time we”ve experienced a wide range of emotions, had terrible anxiety and sadness visited upon us, but have also seen inconceivable heroism, amazing generousity, and an incredible sense of patience and fortitude among the people of Japan and its friends worldwide. Great challenges lie ahead, but as I”ve said before, Japan will get through this. Its up to all of us to look to the future.

The Japanese economy is under great strain, certainly, but as the cleanup along the northeast coast and Fukushima continues, and the path the normalcy and stability is forged, we can all bolster those efforts by supporting the Japanese business and cultural exports that we love–attend and anime convention, buy CDs, books, or toys, etc.  Anime, music, fashion, TV dramas–these things aren”t going to feed or shelter people, but continuing to show our faith and admiration for these exports is a part of the process in rebuilding Japanese confidence.

There”s something else…if you”ve considered study abroad or travel there, don”t give up!  In spite of the very real and critical infrastructure and environmental (particularly radiological) concerns in affected areas, most of Japan is, and has been stable since the Earthquake disaster. The people of Japan are working hard to recover, and very much want to stay connected to the world–and have visitors from abroad. The further away we get from 3/11/11, the better position Japan will be in, as a nation, to welcome and support educational exchanges, tourism, etc. and in fact many of the foreigners who evacuated Japan have already returned.  Monitor the news for updates on food supply, infrastructure and transportation issues, and the situation at Fukushima Daiichi, of course, but use this to make an informed decision about the best time to go. If you”ve ever wanted to visit, consider it! We can all be a part of Japan”s recovery.

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