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Online Catalogue Launch & Talk Event

In Conversation with Toshiyuki Ohwada and Mark McNeill

December 5, 2020

Celebrate the launch of the Hiroshi Nagai: Paintings for Music Online Catalogue with an exclusive talk between contributors of the catalogue Toshiyuki Ohwada and Mark ‘Frosty’ McNeill. In this online talk event, Professor Ohwada, an expert on American music and currently conducting research on the resurgence of city pop at Harvard-Yenching Institute, will give insight on the influence of American music on the city pop genre. In addition, DJ, radio producer, curator and creator of Mark “Frosty” McNeill will share his curatorial experience of putting together the two Pacific Breeze compilations featured in the Hiroshi Nagai: Paintings for Music exhibition. The two contributors will also discuss Hiroshi Nagai’s connection to city pop and the genre’s recent surge in international popularity.

Please note that the talk event will be conducted via Facebook livestream. A link to the livestream will be added to this page prior to the event. Please check back closer to the date or visit the JPF Sydney Facebook.

Those in Sydney are invited to visit The Japan Foundation, Sydney on the day to tune in to the livestream together. The event is free, however reservations are required to maintain COVID-19 health and safety requirements.



Mark “Frosty” McNeill is a DJ, radio producer, sonic curator, filmmaker and creative community builder based in Los Angeles. He’s the founder of, a pioneering web radio station that has been exploring wide-spectrum music since 1999. McNeill hosts Celsius Drop, a weekly dublab radio show and has produced long-running programs for Red Bull Radio, Marfa Public Radio, and KPFK 90.7fm. McNeill co-curated/produced the Pacific Breeze compilations of Japanese City Pop music for Light in the Attic Records as well as Somewhere Between, a forthcoming album focused on the more experimental side of Japanese pop. His output on a multitude of international media platforms has focused on sharing transcendent sonic experiences.

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Toshiyuki Ohwada is a Professor of American Studies at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. He is the author of On American Music: From Minstrel Show, Blues to Hip Hop (in Japanese), awarded the Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities in 2011. His research interests include Japanese and American popular music, Afro Asia, and he also writes about literature and film on both sides of the Pacific. He has co-authored three books on hip hop (Cultural Studies of Hip Hop, Vol. 1, 2, 3) and a book on music in Haruki Murakami’s works (100 Songs of Haruki Murakami). As for the year 2020-21, he stays in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a Visiting Scholar at Harvard-Yenching Institute, and will conduct research on the resurgence of “City Pop” in Asia and the West.



Hiroshi Nagai: Paintings for Music

City Pop: Inspired Nostalgia


December 5, 2020 (Saturday)
11:00am-12:00pm AEDT
45 min interview + 15 min audience Q&A
via Facebook & at The Japan Foundation, Sydney

Book for the viewing event at JPF Sydney via the link below.

Bookings Open Nov 5

Free; Bookings required for JPF Sydney viewing event


JPF Sydney Facebook and

The Japan Foundation, Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008


(02) 8239 0055

Header image: Hiroshi Nagai, Beachside Cloud Vehicle, late 2000s, acrylic on canvas board, © the artist

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