Links you may enjoy reading on your iPad (or anything else for the rest of us)

Looking for something good to read on your new iPad? Check out the links below and be sure to subscribe to them too. “Ohio Tomonokai Will Hold a Special Okinawan Dance Event on May 1st” – Okinawaology Blog “3rd Anniversary for China’s Shimauta” – Power of Okinawa “Hanauta Okinawan Izakaya in Akasaka” – Tokyo Dreaming …

Rinken Teruya’s latest solo album “Pause 2” now on iTunes (and more)

Rinken Teruya (leader of the O-pop band Rinken Band) has been one of the most tech-savvy of his peers—as evidenced by the rinken.gr.jp website which has been around for several years as well as his willingness to release his music digitally. Although he’s had numerous projects in the past (like Tink Tink, Mihanagumi, Tomoko Uehara’s …

Website: Simple Sanshin Source

Simple Sanshin Source is “an English-based guide to the Okinawan sanshin” that features kunkunshi (sheet music), lyrics, and tips by Kenji, a self-taught sanshin enthusiast. Given that I haven’t been very good at updating Three Strings, Simple Sanshin Source looks to be the online place to learn about the sanshin. There’s also a YouTube channel …

Featuring: San Jose Sanshin Kai on the Web

It’s always a nice thing to open my inbox to see an email to a sanshin-related website and such is the case for the San Jose Sanshin Kai. Their website has an English (they’ve kindly linked to Karakui.com here) and a Japanese version. So stop by their website and give them a warm welcome to …

Aya Ueto to play Japan’s next PM

Okay, the title would’ve been pretty good for an April Fool’s post (yeah, right) but who knows, it may actually become true. (Tune in Twilight Zone music here.) Aya Ueto to star as lawyer in ‘Hokaben’ Really? No. Really? This makes Legally Blonde look like cinema verite by comparison. Read the Tokyograph entry here. (Via …

J-Pop CD Cover Art Shares Amuro Cover via Feed of Pop

[Blogs] J-Pop CD Cover Art Shares Amuro Cover: “‘PLAY’ Front Covers + Promo Recommended ogling. It would’ve been nice to have a scan of that back cover where Namie’s wearing that magnificently sexy eyepatch…” Link (Via Feed of Pop.) Continuing onto 2008 with the great success of her PLAY album Namie will be releasing a …

Blogs worth subscribing to from Vision Factory’s artists

Vision Factory, which manages artists like J-hip-pop queen Namie Amuro, has a listing of blogs (Namie is unfortunately not on the list) up on their site. The great thing is that a few of these blogs contain video clips (so they’re closer to vlogs). Below are a few of my faves: hiro (ex-SPEED) – ‘Constanze …

Metropolis Tokyo’s JAPAN BEAT

I’ve been meaning to blog about this site for awhile (but you know how that goes) and better late than never, right? The Metropolis website has a handful of pretty good reviews/interviews with artists from Okinawa. Although there are a few small parts where they can be totally off (they misspell Toru Yonaha’s name twice …