I love Japan and do not want to live anywhere else at this time in my life.
There have been, over the years, many musicians who have fallen in love with Japan too. Some of the most famous are Deep Purple who wrote and performed, "My Woman in Tokyo;" Styx with "Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto" just to name a few (which I'd much rather forget!)
BLUE OYSTER CULT - GODZILLA
Actually, though, there is one unit who consistently makes cool music, often with a Japan theme and that is a duo from the UK called Hexstatic.
Hexstatic is a UK music duo, consisting of Stuart Warren Hill and Robin Brunson, that specializes in creating "quirky audio visual electro." Formed in 1997 after Hill and Brunson met while producing visuals at the Channel Five launch party, they decided to take over for the original members of the Ninja Tune multimedia collective Hex that had disbanded around the same time. They soon collaborated with Coldcut for the Natural Rhythms Trilogy, including the critically acclaimed A/V single Timber. Much of their music involves integrated visual experiences, and both of their main album releases have been CD and DVD combinations; the latest, Master-View, includes 3D "anaglyph" versions of some of their music videos and comes packaged with 3D glasses. Hexstatic has also been instrumental in designing VJ equipment, including the Pioneer DVJ-X1 professional DVD player. Other artists they have worked with include EBN, Juice Aleem and David Byrne of Talking Heads
Hexstatic have been to Japan many times. I've interviewed them and they just love Japan and it shows in their videos. Here's a few for your weekend entertainment.
First let me show you the video that set them off. The description on Youtube reads: "The classic piece that was the audiovisual epiphany for many. Still remains the standard to match for AV cutup. Ninjatune rool!"
COLDCUT & HEXSTATIC - TIMBER
For this next tune, Hexstatic took a Japanese pop song and remixed it heavily. This is way cool!
HEXSTATIC - PERFECT BIRD
HEXSTATIC - NINJA TUNE
HEXSTATIC - MACHINE TOY
Thanks to Steve "Poots" Candidus