Sepulchral Sunday: ‘Barathrum’ by GPKism

When it comes to the big umbrella of what can be called “goth” music, Japan produces its own unique strain. Case and point, GPKism. The Japanese take on goth tends to keep the dark content, but combines it with faster beats and much more in the line of theatrics, sometimes giving you an almost overwhelming experience when all three come together. Case and point, GPKism’s … Continue reading Sepulchral Sunday: ‘Barathrum’ by GPKism

Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Soul on Fire’ by Loudness

Loudness has been around longer than many of the people reading this have been alive. The Japanese band formed in 1981 and has three out of four of its original members. “Soul on Fire” is from their newest album Rise to Glory. In it, they maintain their heavy sound that has made them a favorite of many and one of the biggest Japanese metal bands … Continue reading Tuesday Tune at Noon: ‘Soul on Fire’ by Loudness

Birthrates in Japan and industrialized nations going down, but why?

By now, most people who keep up with global demographics knows that birthrates are going down. This is a trend reflected worldwide, with even developing countries seeing a decline as their economies improve and access to contraceptives increase. Japan has seen itself become the face of that trend. With a rate of 1.4 children per woman, Japan’s birthrate is very low, though not the lowest. … Continue reading Birthrates in Japan and industrialized nations going down, but why?