Who comes to mind when you think of Japanese composers? Japan has a strong legacy of composers known for creating powerful music that touches people's hearts worldwide, and Yoko Kanno is one of the most prominent among them. Her memorable compositions have made the musical world of anime & games much richer, and have been great sources of inspiration for many up-and-coming … [Read more...] about 6 Famous Songs from Popular Games and Anime Composer Yoko Kanno
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What is City Pop? City Pop music flourished in Japan from the late 1970's to 80's, presenting two distinct styles: songs that give off an urban feeling and resort-type tunes. All songs shared an influence from Western pop music which resulted in a sophisticated sound. Recently, the global music scene has started to pay more attention as City Pop music has begun to appear on … [Read more...] about The Best 6 City Pop Albums from Tower Records – Japan’s Latest Music Craze
Traditional music is music that has been nurtured in the history, culture and climate of a given country or region. It is said that Japanese traditional music is the oldest and has been passed down from 1300 years ago. Some forms of traditional Japanese music has evolved over time into music that is written to accompany theatrical performances such as Noh or Kabuki. The … [Read more...] about 9 Traditional Japanese Instruments and How to Hear Them
Listening to music in your room has long been a special, enjoyable experience. In the current era where you are able to listen to music on your smartphone at anytime, anywhere, the act listening to music on CD has earned more of an attractive reputation. Read on to learn more about a CD player that is not just meant to play music but also to become an integral part of the … [Read more...] about Nostalgic Tower Records CD Player Merchandise
Where is the Japanese Inspiration in Star Wars? Star Wars Day has come once again this year! While you celebrate this special holiday, read on to learn more about a topic that many people might not know about this famous franchise - the deep connections that it has with Japanese culture! There are many common points between Japan and Star Wars that helped to create the … [Read more...] about The Japanese Connections of Star Wars!
Have you ever heard of Sayumi Michishige (道重さゆみ)? Yes, the 8th leader of Japanese famous girls idol group - Morning Musume! She was in the group for 4329 days, which makes her the member stay in the group for the longest time. Sayumi joined Morning Musume in 2003 with other members such as Tanaka Reina. You can say she played a big role in the golden period of the group! … [Read more...] about The Representative of hope and cuteness! Lovely items of popular Japanese idol Sayumi Michishige!
Japanese anime film director and manga artist Makoto Shinkai's new movie "Tenki no Ko" (Weathering With You) was released earlier this week in Japan, and the film has already grossed 1.64 billion yen ($15 million) in box office sales in the first 3 days. Makoto Shinkai is known for his recurrent love & distance themed stories, with breathtaking visual art style. He was … [Read more...] about 4 Makoto Shinkai Movies You Must Watch
Since he first uploaded videos to video-sharing website in 2010, his follower on Twitter has come to more than 1.27 million! Today we would like to introduce the rising umaite (Japanese singer) - AMATSUKI! He has a refreshing high pitched tone and is noted for his sweet shota voice. Combined with his rascally looks wins the hearts of … [Read more...] about Grand opening of rising Utaite – AMATSUKI’s official web store!
Arashi, one of the most well-known groups in Japanese show and music business, popular not only with the younger generation but also among people of all ages. The group posted a video message on its official fan club website on January 27, Sunday that they will suspend its activities at the end of 2020. People in Japan were shocked by the news on Sunday evening. Today, before … [Read more...] about Arashi – Together, Forever.
IZ*ONE is a South Korean-Japanese girl group formed through the Mnet reality competition show "Produce 48". They made their debut on October 29, 2018, with their single "Suki to iwasetai".To commemorate their first release, IZ*ONE has released a run of new merch ! Check out their limited official merchandise at IZ*ONE JAPAN OFFICIAL SHOP ! [Limited time period: Until … [Read more...] about IZ*ONE “1st Single Release” Limited Merchandise – Available Now !