Earth Celebration on Sado Island 2013

Earth Celebration on Sado Island 2013

Posted by in Art, Culture, Music, Travel on 05. Nov, 2013 | Comments Off

This summer I went to the Earth Celebration on Sado Island, a three-day festival centered around the amazing taiko-drumming of Kodo. Sado Island (佐渡島 sadogashima) is the home of Kodo (鼓童), the most well-known taiko drumming group in Japan, and probably in the world. I had seen Kodo perform indoor concerts, once in Kobe and [...]

Evangellion makes Suizenji Kiyoko popular to a new audience

Evangellion makes Suizenji Kiyoko popular to a new audience

Posted by in Language, Music on 06. Jan, 2013 | 1 Comment

Thanks to geeking out on Evangellion I recently stumbled upon this classic Japanese song called 365-step March. This song is appears in EVANGELION:2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE when the new character Mari is fighting an Angel near the beginning of the movie. Being the crazy character that she is, Mari sings this song as she [...]

Shingo Nishinari – Osaka Local Rap

Shingo Nishinari – Osaka Local Rap

Posted by in Media, Music, Osaka on 21. Oct, 2012 | 2 Comments

Looking for some fun Japanese music to listen to? OSAKA UP. The video features all the famous places in Osaka. Dotonbori Bridge, Tsutenkaku, Taiyou no Tou, and the entire video is in Kansai dialect. What more could you ask for? It also includes funny commentary on Osaka life, like Grandma’s who talk super fast and [...]

Furusato – Traditional Japanese Children’s Song

Furusato – Traditional Japanese Children’s Song

Posted by in Culture, History, Music on 07. Aug, 2012 | 1 Comment

Some of my friends gave us a gift to congratulate us on our new baby! It plays music! Watch the video below to hear the song. It actually plays much longer but I just gave it a little tug to make the video. This is a traditional Japanese song for 6th grade elementary school kids [...]

Scars Borough

Scars Borough

Posted by in Media, Music on 16. Sep, 2011 | 2 Comments

This music recommendation must be the most personal one I have ever done… Here’s the story. So a long time ago in Japan I met a French dude. We became friends, time passed, I moved to Osaka and he was still in Tokyo, and we didn’t see each other so often anymore. Then a few [...]

Bright Siren by androp

Bright Siren by androp

Posted by in Art, Music on 08. Sep, 2011 | 4 Comments

If you’re into Japanese rock and… camera flashes… you’ll probably find this to be pretty interesting. This is the video for the song Bright Siren by a Japanese band called androp. They used 250 cameras to set this up. Pretty impressive in terms of scale! Fun stuff. If you check their official website you can [...]

OMODAKA Video

OMODAKA Video

Posted by in Culture, Media, Music on 03. Aug, 2011 | 1 Comment

A newish video from OMODAKA! I really like OMODAKA’s style. He mixes traditional Japanese folk music with his modern digital beats and the results are really fun. OMODAKA in action Check out some of the links below for more OMODAKA videos and information. Related Posts: New OMODAKA drops Tuesday! More OMODAKA Get OMODAKA Albums on [...]

TINA – I’ll be there

TINA – I’ll be there

Posted by in Media, Music on 03. May, 2011 | Comments Off

I was introduced to this song back in 1999 when I was living in Japan long term for the first time as an exchange student at Nanzan University. A pretty hip older friend turned me on to it, and later she also introduced me to a similar artist named Bird. I remember I just loved [...]

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