Reminding You That It’s Okay

In this day and age, people get more worked up about certain things than they need to. In fact, people being inundated about information about the entire world should cause that — but wait a moment, take a breath. Things aren’t all bad, or even half bad.

Here are some Japanese songs to remind you of that:

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Japan Blog Matsuri 9-’10: Music!

Japan Blog Matsuri

Awight! It’s the Japan Blog Matsuri for September! It’s all about MUSIC! Classic or contemporary, it continues to move us through the years. The evolution of Japanese music, like its culture in general, is particularly fascinating! I hope these articles serve to further incite your interest, as they did for me.

Last month’s host was Through Eyes from Afar, who did “Japanese Nature/Culture“! A great theme if I ever heard one.

As for this month, we have several entries, and they’re all pretty great!

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Kishidan’s New Album (And My Favorite Kishidan Songs)

It’s still Music Month! I hope you’re all working on your J-Blog Matsuri entries. The deadline approaches!

Kishidan, another of my favorite six-man bands, is releasing a new album: Kisarazu Graffiti!

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It came out a few days ago. I want it so, so bad.

Kishidan is one of my favorite Japanese bands. Singing songs with themes ranging from camaraderie to love to just plain badassery, their classic style is fierce and unforgettable. Jump the cut and see some of my favorite songs/videos of theirs!

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Quaff RELOADED

Since it’s Music Month here at Nippon-Ichigo, I’ll make some more music-oriented posts. Like this news that burst onto the internet a couple days ago: Quaff, the band which I posted about earlier this year, is basically getting made-over!

Makito, the band’s guitarist and leader, announced via Myspace, Twitter, and Facebook that all the current members of Quaff (except him) would be leaving as of October 1st. Ukisemi also posted his own announcement. An excerpt from Makito’s:

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Jun Seba and Satoshi Kon

In February, Jun Seba passed away — accidentally, in a car accident (caused by an earthquake?). Most people didn’t know until about a month later. People like you and me knew him as Nujabes, and perhaps started listening to his music more after seeing Samurai Champloo for the first time. For everyone, it was amazingly sad; you’re never prepared to hear about someone with influence in your life, someone still so young, just up and leaving this world, and you’re never sure what to do afterward. You don’t think of such people as invincible, but you do think things like “someday I may meet them, even briefly.”

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