Japanese music

Why is Japanese Girl Band LAGOON Going to Break Up?

Japanese all-girl band LAGOON has just announced their disbandment! The group only made their debut in 2014, so it has not been long since the formation of the band. What happened? The Members LAGOON is an all-girl pop-rock band made up of 5 girls that was formed in 2014. The band was managed by Stardust…

Is This Masked J-Pop Idol Group Your Kawaii Dream or Worst Nightmare?

There are so many idol groups in Japan that it becomes nearly impossible to become the next big thing that people will forever remember. In order to stand out from the rest, groups need to have a gimmick. One of these groups has actually found a jaw-dropping solution by hiding behind masks. The group is…

Welcome J-Pop Artist Utada Hikaru Back to the Music Scene with Sakura!

Fans of Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル) will have probably already heard of her upcoming return to the Japanese music scene this year. Now by showing her your love online you don’t only get to celebrate her return, you will be able to help the earthquake and tsunami stricken region of Tohoku turn a bit brighter. Read…

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…

All About Japanese Boy Band Arashi and Their Members

The moment you arrived at the airport, you saw these 5 people at the Japan Tourism billboard. Then you saw them again in some beer advertisements. When you switched on the TV, there they were again on a game show. Then you walked into the music store, and you saw these people again on the…

Kominato Akihisa: a Bridge Between Traditional and Modern Music

Born into a family of master musicians in Fukushima Prefecture, the still young Kominato Akihisa (小湊昭尚) is determined to keep the tradition of playing the shakuhachi, a type of bamboo flute, alive. But like with so many traditional ways and instruments, interest in playing this instrument is diminishing fast in modern Japan. Meet Kominato Akihisa,…

Shakuhachi: The Sacred Japanese Bamboo Flute

Generation Y of modern Japan may find the traditional shakuhachi bamboo flute an old-fashioned instrument. In fact, there is a dwindling number of people that are interested in learning how to play the instrument these days. But before this musical instrument gained popularity among people in the past generations, Zen priests used this instrument as…

Kouta: The Traditional Songs of Geisha

Kouta literally means little (ko) songs (uta). It is a traditional lyric song which is orally passed down since the 19th century Edo era. Kouta are short songs which are usually accompanied by shamisen, which is a traditional Japanese musical instrument resembling a guitar. Kouta is usually associated with the geisha who also learn to…

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…

5 Japanese Music Acts Who Are Famous Abroad

Japan has the second largest music market in the world, so it may not be surprising that some Japanese artists have achieved fame in other countries. Listed below are five acts – both solo singers and bands – who have gained quite a lot of recognition and international fans! ONE OK ROCK Probably one of…