The World Famous Korakuen Hall

“間も無く水道橋駅 到着します”, the announcement comes over the speakers. You think you understood, but you’re uncertain. You heard some other stuff but that stood out. “The next station is Suidobashi”, the voice repeats in a more familiar language. You prepare yourself and eye a waypoint to the door through the packed train. You’re concerned about being able to make it to […]

Roadtrip Music: Last Voyage by kuritaka (Kairi Hojo)

The Pirate Princess has returned home! In light of this weekend’s news that Kairi Hojo (Kairi Sane to you WWE people) has returned to World Wonder Ring Stardom, I thought it only fitting to take a look at the theme she used before setting off to sail the world back in 2017. Born in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Kairi grew up as […]

Roadtrip Music: bad guy by Billie Eilish (ASUKA/VENY)

This weekend in Australia, national radio station triple j have held their annual Hottest 100 countdown, a listener-poll ranking the top songs of the previous year. triple j is positioned as a youth-alternative station and while the countdowns do primarily contain alternative music, a selection of mainstream that lands with the audience also features. (This year it was won by […]

Roadtrip Music: Brooklyn the Hole by Maki Itoh (Maki Itoh)

Sekai chi kawaii no wa? [Who is the cutest in the world?] Itoh-chan! Last week I wrote about the uniqueness of Rina Yamashita. This week we take a look at another extremely unique character in professional wrestling and somebody who just celebrated a birthday (July 22). Tokyo Joshi Pro Wrestling’s Maki Itoh. Itoh was an idol singer (a type of […]