Bento Beat Box on The Anime Network Returns with New Episode

Ben-To Beat Box, the popular music program created by and The Anime Network, returns with a brand new episode. For Episode 5 titled “Japan Now”, the show zooms in on recent trends in Japan including music, food and the story behind the Twitter takeover in Japan. Host Akiko takes the viewers through Japan Nite, a concert dedicated to showcasing the hottest new indie bands from Japan at the South By South West Music Conference in Austin, Texas. The Japan Nite lineup included new visual rock sensations Dolly and the much buzzed about all girl indie rock trio, chatmonchy. Ben-To Beat Box viewers will get to meet the members of all 5 featured bands and check out their latest videos on this episode. The show is delivered from a popular Japanese restaurant, Bar Hayama in Los Angeles, which captures the latest food trends from Japan. Tune in for a special interview with the owner/chef to learn the concept behind the restaurant, trends and community.
Twitter is the choice for social networking amongst the youth in Japan, and Ben-To Beat Box investigates the man and the story behind this phenomenon on the web. Acclaimed producer and musician Yuhi Komiyama is the individual responsible for igniting the Twitter trend in Japan, and co-producer of Ben-To Beat Box, Ai Aota sat down with him in his Tokyo office for an interview. Watch as they discuss his projects, music and of course how Twitter took off in Japan.

The full 30 minute episode of Ben-To Beat Box can be viewed on The Anime Network (Video On Demand) 8/26/2010 through 9/22/2010. Please see for information on The Anime Network cable providers. In addition to The Anime Network, the 30-minute show will air on the United Television Broadcasting System (UTB). Reaching 6.2 million homes and 95% of all cable households in Southern California, UTB is the leading Japanese Television Network in Southern California. The 10-minute version of the show will be webcast on

About Ben-To Beat Box:
Ben-To Beat Box is the MTV style music video program on The Anime Network presented by Since its premiere show in April 2009, the program has introduced both established and up and coming Japanese artists to the North American market through music videos, interviews and exclusive video messages. Ben-To Beat Box is one of the top rated and most downloaded shows on The Anime Network. Shot at various locations in Los Angeles that embrace Japanese culture, Ben-To Beat Box is the program for Japanese music fans, culture enthusiasts and cutting edge tastemakers.

About (JRR) is the leading JROCK community website outside of Japan featuring exclusive articles, interviews, forums, and several social networking sites promoting and exposing JROCK and Visual Kei. will also be webcasting Ben-To Beat Box each month. Jonathan Platt, Ben-To Beat Box Producer (along with Neu Bauhaus) and's founder says "We are proud to be able to provide a tv show featuring the hottest visual Kei and JROCK artists as well as new and upcoming bands." Along with the 30 minute program, Ben-To Beat Box will also feature 10-minute webcast editions on both and Anime Network's website for fans who do not have access to the television stations. More information about the artists and upcoming shows can be accessed on

About The Anime Network
The Anime Network is America's #1 Anime Channel, reaching more than 42million cable and satellite households with thousands of hours of exciting, eye-catching serialized programming. Launched in North America in late 2002, The Anime Network is the nation's top video-on-demand (VOD) offering. Complementing its cable service, The Anime Network Online brings over 300 hours of network programming to the internet. For more information, visit

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