Japanese Rock from the West Coast (Coast in the Clouds Interview)

Sounds of the Rising Sun has gotten another awesome opportunity to spend some time getting to know another kickass band. This time around though, the site is actually branching off into California and not the land of the rising sun. This might seem a little strange since we focus on Japanese related content but, this interview is pretty unique in the fact that Coast in … Continue reading Japanese Rock from the West Coast (Coast in the Clouds Interview)

A Band Shrouded in Mystery! (IJEN KAI Interview)

Sounds of the Rising Sun got an awesome opportunity to interview the mysterious cyber punk trio who call themselves IJEN KAI! IJEN KAI’s origins are shrouded in mystery as the band dawn masks and dark attire to add to their secretive charm. What we do know is that the band is made up of Ringa, Lee Loi and So-Shin. The band like to describe their … Continue reading A Band Shrouded in Mystery! (IJEN KAI Interview)

One Eye Closed Interview

Just south of Tokyo sits the shining city of Yokohama. The city, best known for its beautiful cityscapes where its trademark Ferris wheel known as the ‘Cosmo Clock’ shines all colours of the rainbow throughout the night. The city also prides itself on having the largest Chinatown as well as being one of the first ports in Japan to open up its gates to foreigners. … Continue reading One Eye Closed Interview

Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru

Utada Hikaru (宇多田 ヒカル ) is an incredibly successful Japanese-American singer and songwriter, garnering acclaim not only in Japan but internationally. If you happen to play video games, you might recognize her for her theme song contributions to the Kingdom Hearts series. She is fluent in English as a result of being born and raised in Manhattan, New York. Her classmates had trouble pronouncing her … Continue reading Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru