Monday, December 28, 2020

I Was A Teenage Gaijin Taxi Driver in Japan (a True Story!)

 

Yeah, that's right. You read the title. I was a teenage Gaijin Taxi Driver in Japan. In fact, I was the first one in history of Japan...

Ok, well. The previous is not exactly true: I am not a teenager, and I am not a Taxi Driver in Japan, and I am not the first one in history. It seems the company that I have a job interview with tomorrow morning has at least 24 other foreign drivers!

Dammit! Why didn't I look for this job ten years ago?

But I didn't. The taxi company has a lot of foreign taxi-drivers. Mostly from Middle Eastern countries, Philippines, SE Asia... But it seems there are no American Taxi-Drivers.

That's where I come in.  

I am looking for a job now, and being a taxi-driver sounds fun (because of Covid 19 and other nonsense). I have sat on my ass, at home for more than 8 months! You know that can't be good! 

I want to go out and meet people and have great conversations and I don't want to sit at a desk.

I have my first interview with Hinomaru Taxi Company in Japan tomorrow morning at 10 am.

So, the story goes like this: I have always thought that being a taxi-driver in Japan was such a cool job. Make your own schedule, be your own boss, make your future as you wish.

I have had many friends who were taxi drivers who told me the wildest stories about their job; picking up the rich and famous; Driving home the very drunk famous actress after breaking up with her boyfriend (who was married, of course); driving couples home and having them fight in their taxi. Bras being left in the taxi after the ride... 

Just loads of great stories.

And besides that, telling me the funniest jokes (that I didn't understand for at least three years.) "Okane ga nai kara nomanai!" (If you can speak Japanese, maybe you can get the joke. I'm not too fast so it took a long time.)

Yeah, being a Taxi-driver in Japan must have been the coolest job in the world, I thought.

I want to write about the job and promote the company and tell the inside story of what's going on. Hinomaru is one of the best companies. It started in 1937 and has been the class of Tokyo taxis for years.

So, I've been sitting here at home since March; doing my regular job (DJ & running film festivals) but there is basically nothing to do. One of my sponsors is totally undependable and I can't trust them as far as an old lady throwing a sumo wrestler... So I need a job.

But not just any job! A cool job!

I will go to the interview tomorrow and will probably fail the Japanese language test (not that I can't speak Japanese, I can). But the test I have never even seen seems to be quite strange! I can speak, and write Japanese, but a written test?

Help!

I will report back in tomorrow as to how the interview goes and what you can expect if you want to come to Japan and become a "Gaijin Taxi-Driver!"

Stay tuned!

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Dec. 12, 2020! mel, Josie Cotton, Celeb Car Crash, Death Valley Girls!

 We're back to the Top3 new Video Countdown for Dec. 12, 2020! 

BIG NEWS! Please check my new webpage! You can check it out at www.MikeRogersShow.com! There you can find all sorts of information about the show AND my new Youtube page chock full of videos! Please check it out! www.MikeRogersShow.com 

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First up today is a lady from Los Angeles and her name is Josie Cotton! Her press says: "(Let’s Do) the Blackout! Originally the b-side to Johnny Are You Queer? Here’s Josie's first time video for it! I love this song! And let me tell you from experience, it’s one of the funnest songs to play!"

Here is her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/josie.cotton.10

3) Josie Cotton -  "(Lets Do) the Blackout" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMkV0ByyyS4&feature=emb_logo&ab_channel=OfficialJosieCotton



Next up is a new band from Italy called Celeb Car Crash. They state: “RED DAWN RISING”: It represents the Resistance and the liberating feeling of being able to resolve conflicts in a resolute and hard way to be able to breathe again, after being ashamed and hiding in a nutshell, after being hurt."


Here is their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=Celeb%20Car%20Crash


#2) Celeb Car Crash - Pretend We Are Fine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPMAfeVqfd4&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=CelebCarCrash



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New Year's Party Special!


Mike Rogers Show New Year's Party! FREE! ENTRY LIMITED TO 100 PEOPLE!

マイク・ロジャースショー新年会!今夜21時発売のチケット!
2021-01-06[wed.]
「新年会」
OPEN / START18:30 19:00
FREE 2D(¥1,000)ONLY
予約フォーム:In Japan? Order free tickets here:

※コロナ対策の一環として、個人情報の入力にご協力ください
オンライン配信:¥1,000 (ツイキャス プレミア配信)
購入フォーム:Worldwide Online Broadcasting!



Present giveaways! プレゼントも抽選で!
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Next up is another entry from Los Angeles, California! They are the Death Valley Girls! Their bio says: "The initial inspiration for the record came from the jubilant spirit of Ethiopian funk records the band had been listening to on tour, but once they began to channel the songs it seemed like the music came from somewhere not in the past but in the future. In the weeks leading up to recording, Death Valley Girls relied on their subconscious and effortlessly conjured Under the Spell of Joy."


#1) Death Valley Girls - I’d Rather Be Dreaming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWGD_JJ8ViA&ab_channel=SuicideSqueezeRecords




SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Today's spotlight artist is an artist that I know absolutely nothing about! Weel, I guess it's two guys and two girls. Getting played on my radio show a lot!


Here is their Twitter: https://twitter.com/mel_sapporo


If you like any of these bands, go Like their Facebook page and also follow them on Twitter!

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You can hear these songs and more on my radio show this Sunday! Check it out! "The Mike Rogers Show” every day on a station near you!

Mike Rogers Show now on in 18 countries and 37 stations across the world! 世界18か国、35ステーションで絶賛放送中のマイクロジャースショー!
UK: www.koradio.rocks 
UK: www.popradiouk.co.uk 
South Africa:www.bigindiegiant.com 
Canada:http://bombshellradio.com/
Canada:www.woodyradio.com 
Hong Kong:http://radiolantau.com/ 
Los Angeles: iRADIO109.com 
San Clemente: https://www.podunkradio.com
Black Country UK: rock-radio.co.uk 
Bogota, Columbia: http://www.evolrock.com/
London: www.voodooradio.online
Germany: www.punkrockers-radio.de
Los Angeles: http://www.punkrockdemo.com/
Russia: https://polygon.fm/
UK: http://www.belter-radio.webeden.co.uk/

HASHTAG: #mrskor 

Also, I have a Patreon account! Please send over a few dimes if you like what I am doing and can help support me: Mike Rogers Show on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=20842243)

Well, that’s it for today. Have a great weekend!


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About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties.

He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.).

As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.)

Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest-rated and most famous radio programs.

A recent hit Internet TV program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.

He is currently producing and hosting “The Mike Rogers Show” daily around the world!

Also, Mike is the creator and founder of the Raindance Japan Film & VR Festival.

Also his life’s dream is his full-length motion picture, “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story,” which enjoyed its World-Premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London on Sept. 25, 2017, and was released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan from Sept. 2017 ~ Mar. 2018.  The DVD and Blu-Ray went on sale all across Japan on June 13, 2018!

His next project, “Matsuchiyo – Life of a Geisha” world premiered at the 2018 Raindance Film Festival in Oct. 2018.

Mike is also an Official Jury member to the Raindance Film Festival in London making him the first person ever to serve as a Jury Member from Japan in Raindance Film Festival history. …

Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person! Past radio shows can be found on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/mikerogersshow

Please support my efforts on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=20842243
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PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Dec. 5, 2020! The Tiva, Giftshop, Finirà, Heatwaves! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/12/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-dec-5.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Nov. 21, 2020! The 50 Kaitenz, Smalltown Tigers, Tele Novella, honeychain! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/11/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-nov-21.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Nov. 7, 2020! Louder Then Death, Bongolian, Baby Shakes, Milk (Japan) https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/11/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-nov-7_14.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Nov. 7, 2020! The 50 Kaitenz, Bubble, JYNX, Julio Reny! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/11/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-nov-7.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Oct. 24, 2020! New Year's Party Special! Hotspring! Sleez Sisters! Kelly Muff! Ulon! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/10/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-oct-24.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Sept. 5, 2020! Tearaways, Sakuran Zensen, Dollyrots, Rews! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/09/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-sept-5.html




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Saturday, December 5, 2020

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Dec. 5, 2020! The Tiva, Giftshop, Finirà, Heatwaves!

 We're back to the Top3 new Video Countdown for Dec. 5, 2020! 


BIG NEWS! Please check my new webpage! You can check it out at www.MikeRogersShow.com! There you can find all sorts of information about the show AND my new Youtube page chock full of videos! Please check it out! www.MikeRogersShow.com 

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First up today is a band from Spain called Heatwaves. Their bio states: "Influences of the 60s with a modern touch; Own songs based on great successes of the female voices of the Girl Groups of the '60s."


Here is their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/heatwavescs


#3) HEATWAVES "in my teens" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uRnxN-glRk&ab_channel=Heatwaves



Next we go next door, so to speak to Italy and the band is called FiniràFinirà is lead by Area Pirata who was born in 2001 immediately tended to Garage, R'n'R, HC-Punk…

Today's track is an awesome cover of the Yardbirds, "For Your Love" set to some Italian gangster movie. It's cool. Thanks to DJ Franky over at Lux Radio in Spain for turning us onto this gem! (Lux Radio is way cool: http://radiolux.es/)

Sorry, I can't find their Facebook or Twitter page!


2) Finirà - Lisa Beat e i Bugiardi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHebkkHGo5k&ab_channel=LisaBeateiBugiardi



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New Year's Party Special!


Mike Rogers Show New Year's Party! FREE! ENTRY LIMITED TO 100 PEOPLE!

マイク・ロジャースショー新年会!今夜21時発売のチケット!
2021-01-06[wed.]
「新年会」
OPEN / START18:30 19:00
FREE 2D(¥1,000)ONLY
予約フォーム:In Japan? Order free tickets here:

※コロナ対策の一環として、個人情報の入力にご協力ください
オンライン配信:¥1,000 (ツイキャス プレミア配信)
購入フォーム:Worldwide Online Broadcasting!



Present giveaways! プレゼントも抽選で!
                                       -----------------------


At #1 is a song I just received yesterday, it s Giftshop from Queens, New York. Their bio states: "Queens/Manhattan based guitar, bad-ass female vocal driven band that will rock your socks off."


They have a Facebook page: 

https://www.facebook.com/GIFTSHOPROCKS


#1) Giftshop - Stylish Junkie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udhH03yskOA&feature=youtu.be&ab_channel=GiftshopRocks




SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! Today's spotlight artist is an artist introduced to us by the mysterious Stossy Reid! They are a Japanese (?) artist from Canada named The Tiva!  Not much is known about these guys but their bio claims they are a "Garage Rock band from Canada" (And it's written in Japanese, so I guess they must be Japanese!) This really reminds me of Bjork!


Their Facebook is here: https://www.facebook.com/thetiva


SPOTLIGHT ARTIST! THEティバ(the tiva) - "Go back our home" 



If you like any of these bands, go Like their Facebook page and also follow them on Twitter!

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You can hear these songs and more on my radio show this Sunday! Check it out! "The Mike Rogers Show” every day on a station near you!

Mike Rogers Show now on in 18 countries and 37 stations across the world! 世界18か国、35ステーションで絶賛放送中のマイクロジャースショー!
UK: www.koradio.rocks 
UK: www.popradiouk.co.uk 
South Africa:www.bigindiegiant.com 
Canada:http://bombshellradio.com/
Canada:www.woodyradio.com 
Hong Kong:http://radiolantau.com/ 
Los Angeles: iRADIO109.com 
San Clemente: https://www.podunkradio.com
Black Country UK: rock-radio.co.uk 
Bogota, Columbia: http://www.evolrock.com/
London: www.voodooradio.online
Germany: www.punkrockers-radio.de
Los Angeles: http://www.punkrockdemo.com/
Russia: https://polygon.fm/
UK: http://www.belter-radio.webeden.co.uk/

HASHTAG: #mrskor 

Also, I have a Patreon account! Please send over a few dimes if you like what I am doing and can help support me: Mike Rogers Show on Patreon! (https://www.patreon.com/user?u=20842243)

Well, that’s it for today. Have a great weekend!


----------------------------
About Mike in Tokyo Rogers: Mike has been a professional music/TV/radio/anime-related program producer in Japan since the eighties.

He began in the music business in 1977 as lead vocalist with the legendary Los Angeles Punk Band, “The Rotters” (Sit on My Face Stevie Nix.).

As a university student, he was assistant to the legendary Rodney Bingenheimer (Rodney on the ROQ – KROQ Los Angeles from 1980 ~ 1981.)

Mike was the first and only foreigner in Japanese history to become the General Manager of a major Japanese broadcasting station (TV Tokyo owned InterFM). Has produced a few smash hit programs (some real losers, too!) and several of Tokyo’s highest-rated and most famous radio programs.

A recent hit Internet TV program was “The TV Show” (Set Program with “Ninja Slayer”) which, between April – Oct. 2015, garnered over 10 million viewers.

He is currently producing and hosting “The Mike Rogers Show” daily around the world!

Also, Mike is the creator and founder of the Raindance Japan Film & VR Festival.

Also his life’s dream is his full-length motion picture, “Ghostroads – A Japanese Rock and Roll Ghost Story,” which enjoyed its World-Premiere at the Raindance Film Festival in London on Sept. 25, 2017, and was released by a major Japanese motion picture company and in theaters all across Japan from Sept. 2017 ~ Mar. 2018.  The DVD and Blu-Ray went on sale all across Japan on June 13, 2018!

His next project, “Matsuchiyo – Life of a Geisha” world premiered at the 2018 Raindance Film Festival in Oct. 2018.

Mike is also an Official Jury member to the Raindance Film Festival in London making him the first person ever to serve as a Jury Member from Japan in Raindance Film Festival history. …

Oh, and he likes to write about himself in the third person! Past radio shows can be found on Mixcloud: https://www.mixcloud.com/mikerogersshow

Please support my efforts on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=20842243
—————————–

PAST ISSUES OF THE TOP 3 VIDEOS:

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Nov. 21, 2020! The 50 Kaitenz, Smalltown Tigers, Tele Novella, honeychain! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/11/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-nov-21.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Nov. 7, 2020! Louder Then Death, Bongolian, Baby Shakes, Milk (Japan) https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/11/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-nov-7_14.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Nov. 7, 2020! The 50 Kaitenz, Bubble, JYNX, Julio Reny! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/11/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-nov-7.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Oct. 24, 2020! New Year's Party Special! Hotspring! Sleez Sisters! Kelly Muff! Ulon! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/10/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-oct-24.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Sept. 5, 2020! Tearaways, Sakuran Zensen, Dollyrots, Rews! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/09/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-sept-5.html


Top 3 New Video Countdown for July 25, 2020! Starcrawler, Lamar Williams Jr, Rangsteen, Su凸ko D凹koi!https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/07/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-july-25.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for July 11, 2020! Ria Plays, Luv-Enders (Japan), The Burroughs, Confusionaires! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/07/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-july-11.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for July 4, 2020! Pozers, Jett Sett (Japan), Sundub, Hayley & the Crushers!
https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/07/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-july-4.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for May 1, 2020! Kinoko Hotel, Pale Lips, Baby Shakes, Lucie,too! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/05/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-may-1.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for March 28, 2020! Micemohee, We Three Kings, Vixen77, Dirty Cheetah! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/03/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-march-28.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for March 13, 2020! Yufu & Velvet Impressionisms, Samehada Shiriko & Dynamite, Reckless Drifters, Hammered Satin! 
https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/03/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-march-13.html

Top 3 New Video Countdown for Feb. 22, 2020! Slender Pins, Rochelle Vincent Von K, Titty Twister (Jpn), We Hate You Please Die! https://modernmarketingjapan.blogspot.com/2020/02/top-3-new-video-countdown-for-feb-22.html



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Top 3 New Video Countdown for Jan. 22, 2020! KnightressM1, Pavid Vermin, 24/7 Diva Heaven, Sakuran Zensen!

  We're back to the Top3 New Video Countdown for Jan. 22, 2021!  BIG NEWS! Please check my new webpage! You can check it out at  www.Mik...