Meet Rainash

I recently sent the Japanese rock band RAINASH some questions to answer for our blog.

RAINASH are a two member band

Vocalist Emmy

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and Guitarist Tomo

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I split the questions into 3 categories, questions for both members to answer together, and individual questions for Emmy and Tomo.

Please enjoy learning about RAINASH

 

Q : How did you meet each other ? 

A : We met on an internet website for seeking band members

Q: How was RAINASH formed ?

A : Likewise, we wanted to form the band

(Note from Adam ; I believe they are referring to the website in the previous question)

Q : What is your favourite thing about each other ? 

A : Tomo makes music i wanna make (Emmy)

Emmy writes lyrics, expression that suits the music (Tomo) 

Q : What is your favourite RAINASH song ? 

A : We put our hearts and souls into writing songs, so now our favourite is “MALLOW”

 

QUESTIONS FOR TOMO

Q : How long have you been playing Guitar ? 

A : I have been playing guitar for 16 years

Q : Do you record both guitar and bass guitar for your songs ? 

A : Yes, I play and record both

Q : Who are your influences for playing guitar ? 

A : I’m influenced by L’Arc-en-Ciel, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin and more, Mainly noughties rock bands

 

QUESTIONS FOR EMMY

 

Q : How long have you been singing for ? 

A : I have been singing for 11 years

Q : Who are your influences for singing ? 

A : They are Do As Infinity and The Brilliant Green

Q : It is known that you are a fan of Gundam anime, are there any other anime shows you like ? 

A : I like Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure and Psycho-Pass

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There are various things, so i introduce on Facebook later.

 

A big thank you to Emmy and Tomo for taking the time to answer my questions

You can keep track of RAINASH by liking their Facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/RAINASHofficial/

Emmy and Tomo also have their own pages which they update

EMMY : https://www.facebook.com/emmy23nov/

TOMO : https://www.facebook.com/tomo710gt/

RAINASH’S Twitter is here : https://twitter.com/InfoRainash

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Love Japan Magazine

Hello everyone

Adam here

I interviewed Emily from Love Japan Magazine, what follows is that interview :

(All photography in this piece was shot by Emily Valentine, Love Japan Magazine Editor)

Q :What was the inspiration and origin of Love Japan Magazine ?

A : 

 Love Japan Magazine is essentially a platform to share a whole host of Japan related news, reviews, interviews and articles. The idea was sparked by my own personal interest in Japanese culture and as a photographer and writer (my day job) I have a really keen eye for visual content and a passion for publishing. I wanted to create something visually appealing, unique and colourful with lots of fun and informative content.
I’d been blogging about Japan for a couple of years before the mag was launched and met some great people along the way, both in the real world and the virtual world! I decided to launch the magazine in 2015 and it escalated from there. The interest and enthusiasm was wonderful (and unexpected!) and by the second issue I had managed to work with some great Japanese businesses, celebrities, artists, writers, photographers and other creatives.
I worked with graphic designer Emma Prew on the second issue (who also designed our brilliant logo) and she really brought the magazine to life with her creative design. Someone once asked me why our issue 2 cover girl was Chinese (Travel blogger La Carmina) but I think she was the perfect choice – she symbolises that our magazine isn’t only about promoting Japan’s culture, it’s also focused on telling the stories of the interesting people who are influenced by the country’s culture.
La Carmina in Love Japan Magazine Issue 2
Q : Even though you call it a “magazine”, why did you decide to make it an Online Only publication ? 
A : 

The magazine started out as an online and print magazine but as everything was self-funded, it was really too expensive and time consuming to continue creating physical issues. It takes an incredible amount of work to put a magazine together, from sourcing written and visual content, to proofreading, graphic design and marketing. So after 2 issues I decided to move to an online version of the ‘magazine’ (our blog), which is much more manageable. It also means I can offer instant content. In the future I’d love to publish another magazine but it needs a year of careful planning, and perhaps a change of format. We’d also have to offer advertising space to help fund it and possibly run a crowdfunding campaign too. We’ll be heading back to Japan for a month or so next April and are going to some places that are off the beaten tourist path, so I’m looking forward to taking lots of photos and generating some really interesting content.
Fushimi Inari shrine, Kyoto
Q : What has been your favourite thing to cover for Love Japan Magazine ? 
A : 

 We’ve covered so many interesting aspects of Japanese culture both in the magazine and blog so I have lots of favourites. If absolutely had to choose I’d probably say the article about Iga Ueno (otherwise known as ‘Ninja Town’). I visited with my fiance and we both loved it. Everything is themed due to the town’s historical connections with ninja, and we enjoyed a trip on a ninja train, throwing shuriken (ninja stars) and even a fighting demo! I took the photos and Ross wrote the article which you can read in issue 2 of our magazine.
Ninja performance at Iga Ueno
Q : What do you find is the most interesting thing about Japan ? 
A : 

 I’ve been interested in Japanese culture since I was a child. My aunt and uncle lived in Yokohama during the 1980s so I was often treated to traditional Japanese gifts such as yukata or kokeshi dolls. I remember being very jealous of my cousin’s Japanese Barbie McDonalds! It was only as an adult after saving up my hard earned money that I managed to fly out to Japan for the first time. I travelled all over the country with a tea company called Chikitea as their media manager; filming, taking photos and updating their social media. I was introduced to a sort of ‘behind the scenes’ Japan including formal business meetings in Tokyo, scaling mountains to learn about how tea is made and eating traditional food with Japanese families within their homes. We travelled from Tokyo to Kagoshima, with lots of stops along the way.
I was initially drawn to pop culture and kawaii and as I’ve grown up (I’m in my thirties now) I’ve developed an interest in lots of the more traditional aspects. Japan has so much more to offer than anime and cute food! After my first trip to Japan I felt a real affinity with a lot of the traditional aspects of the culture. No society is perfect of course and I don’t see myself as idealising the culture, but rather drawing from the aspects that I feel particularly connected with. Ones that we don’t really have in the UK. Concepts such as wabi sabi and ikigai fascinate me and I integrate these into my life to be more mindful and positive. I first visited Japan at a particularly difficult time in my life and found a real sense of peace while I was there.
Tea shop in Ureshino Onsen
Q : There are quite a few Japanese based blogs such as “Sophie’s Japan Blog” for example, How do you think Love Japan Magazine fits into the Japanese blogging community ? 
A : 

 I love being a part of the UK Japanese blogging community. Like a lot of bloggers we all know each other (mainly through social media) even if we’ve never physically met. I’ve met Sophie a few times at press events. I think we all have a slightly different slant on things. Some focus on travel and culture and others focus solely on Japanese culture in London for example.
Our audience is largely UK based, and as I live in London a lot of content focuses on Japanese events or news in London. We also do interviews with interesting people and businesses. Interviews have included Beer Tengoku in Japan about the growing Japanese craft beer community, author of bestselling book Sushi and Beyond – Michael Booth, and the owners of all female Japanese knife specialists Japana. So we do a bit of everything really. We can’t really compete with the long standing online Japan travel guides so we don’t try to.
Taxi in Tokyo
Q : You have covered Hyper Japan for your magazine in the past, how important do you think these types of cultural events are ? 
A : 

 Japanese cultural events are hugely popular and enjoyable. I’ve been working with Hyper Japan since their first event in 2010 so am a long time fan. I started off as a volunteer, progressed to official photographer and now cover the event as press. Back in 2010 it was a much smaller event, although still extremely popular. Okinawa Day and Japan Matsuri also take place annually in London, both of which are enjoyable although on smaller scales. I often search for other events to visit, and recently went to photograph a Japanese hanami (picnic) event under the cherry blossom trees at Brogdale Farm Kent.
Japanese pop culture is big business in the UK but interest in more traditional aspects of the culture are ever growing, particularly where Japanese food is concerned. I never thought I would see the day that matcha lattes were sold in mainstream coffee shops, but it’s happened! You only need to look at the ever growing number of Japanese restaurants and cafes in London to see how popular Japanese food now is.
Less Than Love Live at Hyper Japan
Q : What are your plans for the future of Love Japan Magazine ? 
A : 

 I’m currently working on a survey to see if there’s enough interest to publish another magazine. I need to do some serious market research to decide whether it launches at all, and if so what content it should contain. In the short term we have a couple of new additions to the LJ Mag team who’ll be announced shortly. We’re currently hosting our first Instagram takeover which has been really popular so far, so there’ll be more of those in the coming months. I’d like to branch out into some more arts & crafts blog features too (like our Kintsugi post). I’m ditching the current weekly blog feed newsletter in favour of a monthly newsletter with more visual content. And that’s just for starters! I hope that Love Japan Mag will continue to evolve over the years and I’m excited to see where it takes us.
We would like to thank Emily for speaking with us about Love Japan Magazine and we hope you enjoyed learning about the magazine as much as we did
– Adam

Rainash Are Coming !!

Hello Everyone

Adam here

Exciting times here at The All Japan Show, some things we can tell you about and some we can’t.

First things first, please give a warm welcome to Olivia, our newest member of the team, she will be occasionally writing blog posts and coming onto the main podcast with myself and George. She has her first blog post coming soon, so look out for that !

Secondly, the Japanese rock band Rainash will also be coming to the blog, i sent them a few questions to answer and they will be posted here soon – Rainash are a 2 member band, guitarist Tomo and singer Emmy, so be sure to check them out on Twitter @InfoRainash

Thirdly… well actually the third thing i can’t tell you about yet, but it’s very exciting !!!

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