May J. and Joe Inoue Join Tune in Tokyo for Harajuku Holiday at Royal/T in Los Angeles

Mar 15th 2012
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 14, 2012) — Tune in Tokyo , L.A.'s first monthly J-Pop event, presented HARAJUKU HOLIDAY on February 22, 2012. Held at the world-famous Royal/T Café, Shop & Artspace, HARAJUKU HOLIDAY featured May J. and Joe Inoue, hosts of NHK World's "J-MELO" English-language music show as part of a Lolita Fashion Showcase and J-Pop Dance Party.

May J. (Avex Records / Rhythm Zone) and Joe Inoue (Ki/oon Records) appeared at Tune in Tokyo's February event to shoot a special episode focusing on Los Angeles. The world-famous recording artists treated attendees to live performances, met with fans, and participated as special guest judges in Tune in Tokyo's Lolita Fashion Contest, choosing the most "fashion forward" Lolita! The special episode of "J-MELO" featuring Tune in Tokyo is set to air in early April 2012.

More information at
www.tuneintokyoclub.com

About Tune In Tokyo
Tune in Tokyo has been spinning J-Pop, K-Pop, and International Club beats since 2008, bringing the sound of modern Asian dance pop to clubs and special events throughout Los Angeles. This five member DJ unit, featuring co-founders Greg Hignight and Del Martin, and DJs Tora, Ally, and Leett, hosts monthly events at Royal/T Maid Cafe, Shop, & Artspace, and at 2nd Street Jazz in Little Tokyo, and an array of live performances featuring musicians from the United States and Japan. Tune in Tokyo weaves together the best in Asian and global dance pop, mixing cutting edge electro, dance rock, and indie with bold Japanese street fashion to create a unique club experience. For more information on upcoming events, please visit our official website www.tuneintokyoclub.com, and our blog at http://tuneintokyoclub.tumblr.com

About Royal/T
Located in Culver City, Royal/T is a playful blending of café, concept shop, and art exhibition space. The 10,000-square-foot space reflects the interior realm of fantasy that strongly influences the artist's included in Owner Susan Hancock's art collection. Royal/T's café is inspired by the meido kissa (maid café) phenomena of Akihabara, Tokyo's electronic district. Re-contextualizing the underground culture of Japan that celebrates “cosplay” (costume play), waitresses dress in maid uniforms with a Lolita-esque touch, while serving an amalgam of French and Japanese cuisine with local California style. The art space showcases curated exhibitions with a focus on Japanese contemporary art; and an inventive concept store emulates the collection's sophistication, a seamless merging of Japanese pop culture and high-end design. Royal/T is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. For additional information, guests can call Royal/T at 310.559.6300 and visit www.royal-t.org. Royal/T is also on Facebook and Twitter.

About J-MELO
J-Melo is the only Japanese music show made entirely in English for a global audience. Aired on the NHK World channel, it's packed with Japanese hit songs, the latest news on the Japanese music scene, interviews with Japanese artists, and a wide range of other features on every imaginable kind of Japanese music. For more information, please visit www.nhk.or.jp/j-melo/english/.

About May J.
A multi-lingual J-pop singer-songwriter and TV host, May J. has her roots in Japan, Iran, Turkey, Russia, Spain and the UK. From a young age, May J. dreamed of becoming a singer. She took up piano, dance, voice training and opera lessons, and whilst attending high school at “American School In Japan”, she belonged to the vocal Jazz club. She has done a wide range of activities from song writing to modeling for clothing brands. At the age of 17, she debuted her singing career with her first mini album released in 2006. In 2009, she released her second album “Family” which ranked No.4 on the weekly Japanese billboard chart, “Oricon” and remained in the top 10 for two weeks, making it May J.'s highest ranked and best selling album to date. In this album, she revived the song “Garden” by Sugar Soul featuring Kenji, a 90's hit song. With this release, she received more than 1,500,000 downloads and stayed on the download charts for weeks. “Family” also hit the No.1 spot on the iTunes chart for weeks. In February 2010, May J. released her 3rd album entitled “for you” which peaked at No.9 on “Oricon” charts. This put both her albums in the top 10 of the “Oricon”. Shortly after this album's release, she went on her first solo live tour. She has also performed at some of Japan's biggest fashion shows including “Tokyo Girls Collection” and “Girls Award”. Amongst her live performances outside of Japan, she had a live performance at the “Shanghai Expo” and toured in Taiwan. May J. has been the main host of NHK's all-English Japanese music show “J-MELO” since 2008, which has been broadcasted in more than 180 countries and regions worldwide. For more information, please visit www.may-j.com.

About Joe Inoue
Joe Inoue was born in Los Angeles, California under Japanese parents who moved to the states to follow their career. He grew up in an environment filled with music, and started listening to music seriously in his middle school years. He listened to as many types of music, no matter what the genre. In fact, he still does. That is where he got his versatility in creating music. Despite his birth in Los Angeles, Inoue never failed to learn how to speak fluent Japanese. He achieved this mainly by "reading crapload of comic books and watching Japanese tv shows", he says. Gradually, Inoue started recording his own materials on a multi-track recorder, with him playing every instrument, including vocals. In 2005, he decided to send few of his demos to Japan, and signed a record deal with Kioon Records. Joe contributed the song "Closer" as the fourth opening for the "Naruto Shippūden" anime series, and is also a correspondent for NHK World's "J-MELO" music show. For more information, please visit www.inouejoe.com/.

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