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!

Oh Enka!

If you had any misconceptions about enka, Rene lays them to rest — a short but informative entry educates us on the slightly traditional music style.

The Soulfuls

What causes great music to endure? It’s guts!! Franzi introduces us to soulful Kansai band Ulfuls.

J-Music and Me: The Little Guys

A degree of immersion in the music scene clues Blue Shoe in to the trials musicians in Japan must face in order to make a name.

Gig Going in Japan

In Japan, and perhaps everywhere, the size of the gig makes a world of difference for both fans and performers, as noted by Shaun.

Hooked on J-Pops Worked for Me!

Have you ever wondered if learning Japanese through J-Pop could actually be practical? Well, here’s Liv’s answer.

Shopping Boogie by Kasagi Shizuko

Harvey shares the history of a key song by the post-war Queen of Boogie that endures to this very day.

P5: Pizzicato Five

The early 90’s group that spearheaded the Shibuya-kei movement! Philip’s article is all about the 16-year band.

Pat Suzuki’s How High the Moon

A slower, sadder version of the classic Jazz song much sought after by Loco, sung by the American Jazz/pop singer.

Japanese Music

Tony mentions music’s ties to culture, his fondness for even national anthems, and Masayuki Suzuki.

Thanks to everyone who submitted! :D

Next month’s Matsuri can be found at Todd’s Wanderings, so be sure to shimmy on over there!

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