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November
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Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers

After their parents are killed in a violent road accident, Aime and Shinji Wago find themselves reluctantly reunited with their vindictive sister Sumika, who had left their rural mountain town for the bright lights of Tokyo in the hope of becoming a famous actress. Her abrupt arrival at the funeral not only triggers off a [...]

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January
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Afrirampo · Cargo · London · December 10th 2009

The first time I saw Afrirampo play live was at a home coming gig in Osaka after they’d been touring Europe and America. It must have been around 2005, not long after the release of Urusa In Japan, their first full-length album and debut recording for a relatively mainstream Japanese label. The venue was called [...]

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September
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Japan Matsuri 2009

LONDON-JAPAN FESTIVAL SPETEMBER 19TH 2009 It’s a humid and hectic Saturday afternoon in The City Of London and Spitalfields Market, just off Liverpool Street Station, has miraculously transformed into downtown Tokyo. Organised by The Japan Society and The Japanese Resident’s Association, the main aim of the London-Japan Festival is to celebrate a hundred and fifty [...]