Photo: Chad Kamenshine
Computer Magic is the futuristic cosmic-pop brainchild of Danielle Johnson. The singer, writer, part-time model and actress, composer, producer, and artist crafts electronic-minded pop music that exists in a far-out realm, belonging to a time perhaps a few centuries in the future or to a distant planet outside our own universe. Despite Computer Magic's futuristic and otherworldly elements, the music she crafts is rooted in personal and relatable themes – a facet she has been able to transform into a cult-like following.
Johnson's following extends throughout the known universe, but she has a particularly devoted and avid following in Japan. Having released three full-length records exclusively in Japan, a Computer Magic show in the Land of the Rising Sun is a sight to behold. Unfortunately, plane tickets don't come cheap, so we have the next best thing - an exclusive tour diary of Johnson's latest tour in Japan. Put on Computer Magic's latest album Danz for the perfect backing soundtrack as we travel with Computer Magic from Osaka to Tokyo.
My favorite convenience store in Japan is Family Mart. They are all over the place, and I literally get everything from there.
Breakfast in the AM is basically Onigiri, black coffee, and Pocari Sweat (it sounds weird but it’s basically like a Gatorade type drink!)
First day we visited some record stores to see the new albums in Osaka. 'Super Rare' is my latest release from Fastcut Records.
Danz, another release at Flake Records. Dawa the owner gave me a really cool shirt! It’s on my Instagram if you wanna see it (link). Also.. you can see Davos in the background there too. Can’t believe my records are all the way in Japan!
I tried to learn some Japanese before we went, but I still can’t read very well. I love this menu nonetheless!
Getting out some yen from the bank to get some souvenirs for our friends!
Did a little more walking around, not really jet-lagged all! just having fun experiencing everything in Osaka.
Giulliana loves the drums!
And now we head to Tokyo on the Shinkansen (bullet train). It goes super fast. We should have them in the USA. Of course, you know I had to break out my Nintendo Switch. (I’m on Twitch, by the way!) Haha!
This is our friend Hiromi at Tokyo, representing an original Computer Magic shirt, wow! We love you Hiromi!
Giulliana wearing a super cool jacket, soundcheck time.
Another soundcheck pic, gotta make sure everything works!
After the show of course we went and did some karaoke! You get to dress up so we picked school girl uniforms because, why not.
And then Giulliana found this Banana in the costume area, and it was the best time.
They even have Computer Magic - "Running!" But I’ve already performed that song so many times. Haha.
The next day was an off day so we walked around Shibuya and Harajuku. Don Quijote is such a fun store to shop in.
Also Tokyu Hands is great, because they have stuff like this. I’ve never needed an item so much in my life. Zoom in to the cat picture, it’s so good.
Put up some stickers around town. See if you can spot the CM sticker!
Me with a vintage disco dress I picked up in Harajuku.
Cool shoes, wish I enough money to buy them all.
We went to a hedgehog cafe!
Got a Famicom clone for like 18 American dollars and some cool Japanese games!
Of course we went to a Purikura Arcade.. you have to in Japan!
And another just because!
Giulliana won us both these massive plush Sumikko Gurashi pillows! we brought them back and used them as pillows on the plane!
Ending the night with some ramen from Ichiran!!
Our last show in Tokyo was very fun! Here are some fan photos. We didn’t get the chance to take many during the show cause we were busy, but it was a lot of fun.
X-Girl (I modeled clothes for them) sent some flowers to the venue!
Last day I went record shopping!
We had a blast. :)