I did say that the blog would vary in content and not just be music. I thought I would tie in my post on Japan with some of my favourite music from the country. I am terrible at genres, but these bands sounds great to me - whatever they are!
Mono are a fantastic band. They're described as post-rock, influenced by shoegaze and classical/contemporary classical. Honestly, just instrumental rock covers it to me. They played at a 2008 All Tomorrow's Parties festival curated by Explosions in the Sky, which I almost attended. I didn't know the band at the time, and I'm regretting not going to that festival more and more.
Mass of the Fermenting Dregs are a shoegaze band with good, high energy sound :) I desperately want them to visit England.