Looking at the lineup, pretty much every Japanese act is good so...
The bands I like that haven’t been recommended by Kurota are:
You’re welcome, have fun over there and enjoy the gorgeous setting. Hopefully you get some nice weather.
If you haven't heard their previous album, he(r)art, do give it a listen, it might scratch that itch for you.
Whenever I think of Miyavi, I think of watching him like a decade ago play Hit the Road Jack on an acoustic guitar with a tambourine attached to his foot.
Did not listen to this new track you edited into your post, but I listened to the band's last two LPs (He(r)art like 3 times, Film Bleu once). I like it. Don't necessarily love it, but very much excited to here this new LP. Overall I dig the sound of the band.
Yes Becky has been back on TV for a while. She only took like a 4 months break after the scandal. She’s too popular to be sent to the shadow realm.
Oh, that weirdly makes me feel better. Sometimes I have this image of Japanese celebrity culture as incredibly punitive if you're a woman, so I'm glad this seems to have had few lingering effects for either of them.
Oh, that still exists. What happened to Uehara Takako is absolutely shameful.
The song is old btw. Good to see her posted. We’ve actually become best friends over the past couple of years. I finally met her the other day and I’m hanging out with her again a few times this week.
YES! Summer vibes all over me.
Not knowing anything about the situation I tried to see what I could gather from Wikipedia. Not much there really in terms of details. But if I was to infer from your post mixed with what I see on Wikipedia, I'm guessing she was exiled by media after her husband's suicide, due to public perception that she had an affair (or at least allegedly) that played a role in that her husband's decision to commit suicide?
How’s Rock in Japan compared to Fujirock? It is bigger?Spent the weekend at Rock in Japan with a friend.
Hot as hell, far from Tokyo, insane crowd... which means it was crazy fun.
Full sets I saw :
BiSH -> Opening act of Park Stage. They started with Giant Killers so everyone went ape shit.
Frederic -> First time they got Grass Stage (the biggest one, with 50 to 60k people), and man, I hope they’ll always perform on that one. So good.
sumika -> also on Grass Stage. Just pure fun and happy vibes as expected.
Official Higedandism -> I’m gonna assume the stages were set before they exploded in popularity, cause Park Stage is way too small for them now. It’s supposed to be a 10k-ish capacity stage, so people were watching from outside the designated area. Amazing set, that voice jeeeeeesus.
The Oral Cigarettes -> back to a packed Grass Stage for them, happy to see that they’re now superstars. Freaking boss set.
the HIATUS -> last set I saw the 1st day. They’re usually on the biggest stage, but this year they’ve actually ask for Sound of Forest, one of the smaller stages. What a perfect way to end the day. Their current sound is quite chill, so being surrounded by trees while the sun goes down was wonderful.
Keyakizaka46 -> opening act of day 2. Grass stage, people waiting like 2 hours before the set (I was one of these ofc lol). As expected the crowd was suuuuuper into it, the setlist was fantastic... I was freaking out from start to finish.
SKY-HI -> man, he’s just so cool. The setlist focused more on his rap songs, which was surprising.
9mm Parabellum Bullet -> not much to say, 9mm are 9mm. Beasts.
King Gnu -> same situation as Official Higedandism. They’re the two biggest newcomers stuck to Park Stage. Insane crowd, and the band absolutely killed it.
WANIMA -> last set I saw on day 2 (had to leave before 10-FEET). Well, they’re the kings of feel good rock. 60k people jumping, singing, smiling, doing the wave...
Aside from that, caught a few songs from Nico Touches the Walls (before going to see SKY-HI) and Perfume (when I went back to Grass Stage for WANIMA).
Overall a fantastic experience. Just got my face burned by the sun but hey lol