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.
As for this month, we have several entries, and they’re all pretty great!
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.
What causes great music to endure? It’s guts!! Franzi introduces us to soulful Kansai band Ulfuls.
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.
In Japan, and perhaps everywhere, the size of the gig makes a world of difference for both fans and performers, as noted by Shaun.
Have you ever wondered if learning Japanese through J-Pop could actually be practical? Well, here’s Liv’s answer.
Harvey shares the history of a key song by the post-war Queen of Boogie that endures to this very day.
The early 90’s group that spearheaded the Shibuya-kei movement! Philip’s article is all about the 16-year band.
A slower, sadder version of the classic Jazz song much sought after by Loco, sung by the American Jazz/pop singer.
Tony mentions music’s ties to culture, his fondness for even national anthems, and Masayuki Suzuki.