J-Pop

The Most Successful Japanese Song of All Time

There is an old song English speakers know as Sukiyaki, and it has a remarkable story. After leaving a band to seek a solo career under Toshiba Records, Kyu Sakamoto recorded the song, known in Japan as Ue o Muite Arukō (Look Up As I Walk), and it became the number #1 hit in the…

Top 6 Japanese Christmas Songs to Add to Your Christmas Music Playlist

Christmas is coming soon, so what are the songs in your Christmas playlist? Are they the same as last year and the years before? Aren’t you bored of listening to the same Christmas songs every year? Why not try listening to Japanese Christmas songs for a change? These Japanese classics have a different sound, and…
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K-Pop Vs J-Pop

You have recently heard a lot about “K-Pop” or “J-Pop” but those words sound extraterrestrial to you? Or you are simply a curious fan willing to always know more about your favorite musical genres? Then follow us, you are at the right place! In this article, we will start from the roots of both genres…
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How NHK Makes Television for the World: Behind the Scenes of imagine-nation

Camera operators adjust their equipment routinely in preparation for the filming of an episode of imagine-nation.   The tension in the air lifts as director Suzuki signals a cut with a quick “arigatou gozaimasu.” Hosts Chiaki Horan and Nicholas Pettas relax their careful stance while the soundscape fills with the rearrangement of studio cameras and…

How to Distinguish Japanese People from Korean and Chinese People

Can you tell if a person comes from a specific country just by looking at their initial appearance? Perhaps you look at their hair, their face shape, or their clothes, and you can attempt to make a guess at their country of origin before you hear them speak. Before coming to Japan, I had no…

Have You Heard of PPAP Singer Pikotaro’s New Song About Vegetables?

Following the fame of the “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” or “PPAP” song, Pikotaro has recently released a new song. This time, it is about vegetables! The song is in collaboration with Momoiro Clover Z, a Japanese idol group consisting of four girl members. How similar or different is it from PPAP? Is it also easy to learn and…

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Japanese Actor and Dreamboat, Matsumoto Jun

Matsumoto Jun, also affectionately known as “Matsujun” to his fans, is a talented actor, singer, and member of the nationally famous J-pop boy band, Arashi. He gained popularity with the hit high school romance series, Hana Yori Dango, or Boys Over Flowers in English, and continues to make fans give dreamy sighs when he appears…

Do You Know These 2 Unique Music Genres That Originated From Japan?

We all know that Japanese pop culture has a strong influence on the world – be it J-pop, anime, manga, and whatnot. When it comes to Japanese music, we tend to only remember J-pop as it appears the most on TV and radio. However, there are a few genres which are not mainstream but are…