MATSURI – the first video peak preview


PARTY, FIESTA, SMILES, Hands in the air….
The Grand Finale and
The real MATSURI feeling
Everyone on stage when
HeavensDust wraps it all up!

[‘Matsuri’ actually means exactly that in Japanese – festival, holiday]



AURA – Live with special guests: Fumisato & Yukichika

AURA at 目黒LIVESTATION August 26, 2014
featuring special guests:
Fumisato on guitar (10 years old) and Yukichika on drums (13 years old and on stage but not on the drums in this particular clip)
Amazing kids and wonderful live gig…
Sharing happiness and music….
Dreaming Now

New encounters – 三宿BLACK

First an important note about “the Pink Spider Web”….

Many of you have commented and asked about the  fact that when clicking on other menues on this site you get a log in window.
It asks you to please enter a membership ID and Password.
There is in fact NO need to register for a membership.
There is not even such a thing as membership at the moment.
This is just a way for us to technically keep the rest of the site “locked down”
while it’s being developed!!
So for now ENJOY the blog, don’t worry about membership,
and I will tell you all when the rest of this portal will open!
(It’s huge project so please be patient)

The Pink Spider Web site, or portal rather, is intended to become a meeting place, for all who have interest in the Japanese Rock Music Scene, but who aren’t necessarily living in Japan.
(but of course we also welcome all of our visitors living in Japan!!
Finding information about Japanese bands, can be troublesome if you don’t read Japanese fluently.
This is also why “the Pink Spider Web” has been collaborating with individual bands such as Vagu*Project, to create web sites accessible and understandable for people who don’t speak/read Japanese, and who want to download and buy their music from outside of Japan.
Currently many bands, like Vagu*Project, only sell their albums as CDs at Live Houses, and a few sell them also at record stores such as Tower Records.
Vagu*Project’s current web page (not working well outside Japan and only in Japanese) can be seen here:
But in a few weeks the new more international web site will open in conjunction with their One Man Live and new album release June 10th !!
So that is something we really look forward to!!

For many bands however, creating their own web site and making their songs and merchandise available for sale online just isn’t helping much, as the audience who really wants to do so, have a very hard time finding their sites. A needle in the haystack on Facebook, iTunes, Amazon etc. and many many Japanese bands don’t even have a presence at such places.
“The Pink Spider Web” intends to be like a small town square in the times before internet, or even before TV and Radio. Where people, who have a mutual interest in, and passion for, Japanese Rock music can find their band, discover new bands, and find the web sites for such bands, such as Vagu*Project.

Now then….what have the Pink SpiderWeb been doing since last blog entry..?
Well here it goes… this is a start….April 26th PSW went to Shinjuku as planned to see TSP and I was not disappointed. (also See earlier blog entry for more info.)

As you all might have understood now from the above text entry, is that  this ‘blog’ is not intended as some editorial reviews for Live gigsbut my idea with it is more to introduce you all to bands and places in Japan that might catch your interest, so you can find out more about them {elsewhere].

I will try to post as many links as I can to Official Home Pages , sound cloud files, or Facebook/ twitter pages etc etc
To TSP I didn’t bring the camera as this was for pure pleasure for myself and when I shoot a gig, I can’t rally relax the same way as when I’m not behind the camera.
This was a fun night together with my friend Miguel from Mexico who lives here in Tokyo and is engaged to a Japanese girl.

After the gig we went to a bar in my neighborhood called Hard & Sweet BLACK to meet up with the band members from
Re:VIBE, and with
Reds☆ (vo. AURA and Gu. 湾岸の羊 Wangan Sheep)
and Taka (Dr. BLADE_tm)

BLADE are by the way here below on the blog… a few entries down… and there will be more on AURA and 湾岸の羊 Wangan Sheep in a few days.

a wonderful FUN FUN FUN party and connecting night.
As I didn’t have my camera with me this night, photos below were taken with iPhones in Darkness… tough for any camera…
It is a totally BLACK awesome space kind of place ha ha ha, but you can probably tell beyond the image quality of the photos that YES it was FUN!
Just HOW FUN this was…. well… I did get in trouble the next day for VoRCHAOS Live gig at Kichijoji Crescendo, because I lost my glasses this night and was practically blind Saturday….(more about that later)

ReVIBE_taka_Junko_Reds_ego_042613_100000_92From left to right in photo:

Reds☆ (Vo. AURA and Gu. 湾岸の羊 Wangan Sheep) , Anna (the PSW), Junko,
村上貴洋 Takahiro Murakami (Ba. Re:VIBE) , 滝上修幸 Nobuyuki Takigami (Gu Re:VIBE),  奥村光幸 Mitsuyuki Okumura (Gu. Re:VIBE) , 江田智樹 Tomoki Eda (Vo. Re:VIBE)
In the middle: Masataka ‘TAKA’ Tokiwa Dr. BLADE
In front: SAJI Bartender at BLACK, DJ and host of Ustream channel

and one more… same people….minus Junko and Saji


hide’s aura

hide  birthday at Miura Reien 2011

now after a night being all happy and wired at Narciss December 12th,
Keep in mind the reason Vagu*Project captured my heart:
The reason was at that the first time I saw Vagu*Project live I felt
hide’s presence…. we ALL felt it!!
My heart almost stopped that evening, and when we left that that night,
I remember asking my friends…
did you feel that? Sense that? See that? hmmm that….
that … … …?

… and the reply came fast… yeah, you mean hide?!

The Vagu guitarist Shinya who just has ”IT”
there is Something about him….the way he moves, acts, moves his eyes.
and YuI who radiates the mentally.. emotions… like wordlessly exhales
hide’s spirit.
NO, Shinya, the guitarist , does not look like hide.
He doesn’t even have crazy Visual Kei make up like the other two,
nor is he sporting some kind of hide wannabe   outfit…
YET he has something like an hide manners and body language,
YuI, the vocalist has the hide aura

He too doesn’t look like hide physically…
it is impossible to explain in any other way.
Shinya somehow behaves like hide. the way he treats his pick,
the way he looks at the others while playing,
YuI feels like he has an aura around him which is hide’s.
Shinya also plays in a band called
中国釣具店 (Chinese Fishing Tackle Store)
Shinya no longer does. He is now regular member in Vagu*Project

Anyway the transition is there
HIDE is the transition…
My physical transition from Vagu*Projects live to the cemetery was
however rapid, brutal and unkind ha ha ha
(and later that got some undesired consequences).
I got back home in decent time from Urawa (it’s quite a distance up in
Saitama prefecture, Northern metropolitan area of Tokyo.. suburbs)
but then I just had to rip the Vagu*Projects CDs,  and listen and
enjoy it all over again and share it here on te blog, and with my
beloved friend and all kinds of energizing activities instead of going
to rest and sleep.
Plus I had to research train schedules and maps for a bit of complicated
travel on December 13th
Having no internet on the phone is beyond frustrating ..
OK so bottom line… I got in bed a tad late for getting up at 9-ish..
needed to catch a train from here at 9.50 am
I did get up but not at 9 , but it was at 9-ish at least.

Getting down to Miura Reien was the easy part!
Done this before now.. felt like a pro.. ha ha

Departed around 10.10 am I think..
I don’t recall now if I left at 10 or 10.10 and that really doesn’t matter,
because going down there is no match.
Even the trick that JR has played on me before at Shinjuku Station
didn’t throw me off this time! ha ha ha
I take Odakyu line from home to Shinjuku then there one needs to catch
for example Shonan Shinjuku line to go to Yokohama.

Train leaves at JR Shinjuku Station Track number 1 BUT….
now this is the trick..
nowhere does it say in English that it is run via Tokaido line!!
So you just have to know the characters for Yokohama 横浜
and generally know what you are doing ha ha and look at the time,
and the schedule and the signs for the correct departure.

Yes I have never really told you much, or whined about, the fact
that life in Japan can be rather challenging at times.
This particular day had its fair share of mishaps because of it!
Anyway from home to Shinjuku, Shinjuku to Yokohama,
in Yokohama onto Keio line to go down to Miura Kaigan

NB: I used another way when I explained how to get down there
in the BLOG from this spring way back on this Blog now…
THAT other way is essential if you travel on a JR pass and want to
use it as much as u can, because
the JR Pass is not valid on the Keio line!!

Then the BUS from Miura Kaigan to Miura Reien, which I really
don’t even know the number of anymore…  I just steer to the right when
exiting the station and the bus stop (nr 2 I think it says on the Bus stop ha
but check with this blog on earlier posts before you jump on any bus by chance.
You can use search features for tags here on the PSW blog).

Then the beautiful shore I always have to stop a moment, or a
few minutes before leaving the ocean behind. Even this day even though
the crowd today lines up like a hide and X-inspired snake up the path.
I don’t think I was mentally prepared for that fact either!
The “so-many-people-there-today” deal.
Of course I realized this before leaving for Miura on his birthday,
but didn’t quite get it until I was there.
Personally as much as it is cool and fun to go up there with a friend,
I must recommend going there alone.
To stand looking out at that ocean and listening to hide’s voice
just grabs my heart every time! The boats up on the shoreline.
The fishing nets….