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Visual Kei’s Most Iconic Bands – The J-rock Sub-genre That Took Over the World

by Zoria Petkoska Before J-pop or K-pop were ever a thing, the world was going crazy for J-rock and its more glammed up sub-genre Visual Kei (the Japanese cousin in the Goth family). There have been past debates between particularly passionate fans over separating J-rock and Visual Kei completely, with outsiders mistakenly taking them for…

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…

Heard of these Japanese Rock Stars who are Preachers by Day Hard Rockers by Night?

The importance of religion is basically subjective in nature as it differs from one point-of-view to another. In Japan, most elderly are committed to following certain traditional religious principles while the younger generations tend to be more relaxed. So, in order to communicate with these younger people, a Lutheran Pastor, Kazuhiro Sekino took the chance…

4 of Japan’s Most Popular Song Choices at Karaoke

Karaoke is a great way to relieve stress and to bond with family and friends. Karaoke originates from Japan, and it remains a popular pastime among Japanese people. There are certain songs which are regularly picked by most karaoke goers in Japan. This list will show you 4 of the most popular karaoke song choices!…

Check Out These 5 Japanese Rock Bands Behind the Best Anime Songs

Choosing only one anime song that is the best, is like asking to choose between a full buffet of twenty different cake flavors. It is difficult. And for anime fans who have seen a lot of series and movies, having a complete playlist of their favorite soundtracks comes naturally. But while there are a lot…

The Rise of the Japanese Rock Star Miyavi

He is a Japanese artist has been recognized internationally for his unconventional style of playing the electric guitar with his fingers which is popularly known as “slap style.” You might have heard of his stage name, Miyavi (雅). He is a famous Japanese singer/songwriter, guitarist and a compositor. But let’s take a look at how…

X-Japan’s Yoshiki Debuts Edgy Kimono Collection at 2015 Tokyo Fashion Week

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo is held every year in March and October. In October 2015, Yoshiki who is the band leader of X-Japan, debuted his first kimono collection which is called the “Yoshikimono” at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. Yoshiki grew up in a family who owned a kimono shop so the kimono collection…

Get to Know Japan’s Unconventional Rocker, Gackt!

A singer, musician, songwriter, record producer, actor, and the most interesting person that one can find: Camui M.S. Gackt, or Gackt as he is famously known, at one time, claimed that he was a vampire that was born in 1540. But who is the famous rocker really? Gackt’s Beginnings and Music Career Since the age…

8 Random Facts You May Find Interesting About J-Rocker Miyavi

Miyavi (雅) is known as the Samurai Guitarist for his cool and unique guitar-slapping style. He is also known in the West for his role as Mutsuhiro Watanabe in the movie Unbroken. Here are some of the random facts about Miyavi which you may not have heard before. 1. Unbroken isn’t the first movie he…