Japan, musically, is like an unexplored ocean to me. Naturally when Japan comes to mind many will first think of J-pop, but they have more than that. There are not many Japanese bands/artists I can name off the top of my head, and that’s either because of my everlasting ignorance or there being a sincere lack of Japanese artistry that manages to break out over in the west. I think this is only the second Japanese artist I’ve written about, the first being Bo Ningen on No Recordings (who recently toured with TV on the Radio). While Bo Ningen was heavily psychedelic, Dog in the Evening (romanized (according to the highly accurate Google Translator): Yūgata no inu) is more ambient/soothing. October 16, 1964 is the day that China decided to conduct atmospheric nuclear testing of its own a year after a 100 country endorsement of a ban on the practice and the effects on its population are widely unexplored; they did this until 1996. Think of this tape as Dog in the Evening’s eulogy (for lack of a better word) towards the affected. Listen to one of the tracks below via the SoundCloud player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

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夕方の犬 (Dog in the Evening) — oct.16 1964

In 1963, 100 countries endorsed the Limited Test Ban Treaty to end the threat of radioactive pollution from atmospheric nuclear testing.

However, one year later, on October 16, 1964, China started conducting it's own testing and continued to do so through July 29, 1996.

The effects of China’s nuclear testing on human health, animals and the environment are largely unexplored due to the lack of publically available official data. A study carried out by the Japanese physicist Professor Jun Takada suggests that peak levels of radioactivity from China’s large-yield tests exceeded that of the 1986 Chernobyl reactor accident and seriously affected local populations.

For Japanese artist 夕方の犬 (Dog in the Evening) this part of history and it's impact is an important one. He has composed 5 serene tracks corresponding to 5 of the 45 dates that China conducted atmospheric nuclear testing in an effort to bring awareness to these events.

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