MIYAVI Appearance at Kinokuniya NYC Photos

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Hey fans, J-rock superstar MIYAVI recently stopped by Kinokuniya Bookstore in NY to do an interview with our good friend, Diva Velez of the Diva Review. It was a nice small gathering, with a good number of MIYAVI fans. He also performed an acoustic song for the audience! Here are some more photos from the event.

Photos taken by Megumi Sato.

It would be great if more Japanese artists can come by and do more events such as this. These events provide the fans intimate access to the artists that they might not receive otherwise. Also, it helps to build a bigger and more vibrant J-Music community. It’s important to create a buzz about Japanese music artists here in the U.S., so that more artists/record companies/management would think that it’s worth traveling across the Pacific Ocean to come to our town. Much props to the Diva Crew and Diva Velez for organizing a wonderful event!

“KIKEYO” Afterthoughts by Tony

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Hey all, I just wanted to share my thoughts about the process of “KIKEYO!” It’s been a few days since it was released it. If you missed it, click here to listen to it.

All I can say is “Wow, I’m going to be co-hosting a podcast show!” It was my first time and I had to admit I was pretty nervous. As the show went on, I did feel a lot better. I do believe that I still have some things I need to work on for future episodes.

One thing I would like to note was that originally I wanted to cover Tokyopop’s “America’s Greatest Otaku” search, but with the recent news about manga scanlations and online distribution rights of manga, I decided it was better to focus on that because this is a serious issue that affects everyone involved with manga, from readers to fans to professionals.

Another thing is regarding the sound bites. I seriously thought that they weren’t going to use certain soundbites with my voice. To all those offended, I apologize from the bottom of my heart. -____-‘

Regarding the next episode, one thing I can guarantee SBR will cover is the NYC Cool Japan Street Fair taking place this July 17. I think it will be a neat event and I personally think the area the fair will take place at is considered to be the “Japan Town” of New York.

I hope everyone enjoyed the first podcast and the contest for the laminated MGS: Peace Walker cover is still on. This is what you will be winning:

So, if you want to enter and win this lovely cover, please listen to our show and listen for  the keyword. E-mail us at sbrkikeyo@gmail.com with the keyword in the “Subject Title” & “Body”. The contest will end on Wednesday, July 7th.

See you guys soon!

– Tony