The One About Discovering Japanese Music: AKB48’s “Kaze wa Fuiteiru (Type-B)”

AKB48, the idol group that took Japan by storm and has been one of the few music groups in Japan that continuously reaches over a million in sales thanks to their dedicated fanbase. Back in 2011, AKB48 released their 23rd CD single “Kaze wa Fuiteiru” (which translates to “The Wind is Blowing”) and a song that features an upbeat, touching song with lyrics to help those who suffered from the […]

The One about Discovering Japanese Music: Hitomi Shimatani’s “Otoko Uta – Cover Song Collection”

Sometimes you just want to go back to your music collection and find music you just are in the mood for. And you know that you start to feel old when artists you enjoyed immensely start to receive the cover treatment. But fortunately, in this case, the cover songs featured on “Otoko Uta – Cover Song collection~”, the 2007 album from Shimatani Hitomi turns out to be a beautiful and […]

The One about Discovering Japanese Music: Perfume – Spending All My Time

Perfume is a group which consists of members Ayano Omoto, Yuka Kashino and Ayaka Nishiwaki from Hiroshima, Japan debuted back in 2001 and is produced by Capsule and Meg producer Yasutaka Nakata. Featured in an Apple iTunes commercial worldwide to their music being featured in “Cars 2”, to concert performances all over the world, Perfume has done quite well for themselves. The group has gone through changes over the years […]

The One about Discovering Japanese Music: SMAP’s “Yozora no Mukou”

For decades, the boy band SMAP had entertained audiences. Gracing magazine covers, TV commercials, having multiple television shows featuring a member or all members, they were Japan’s most popular group until friction developed and the group calling it quits on December 31, 2016. But still, I listen to their music often and SMAP had an awesome single back in 1998. Their 27th single “Yozora no Mukou” (Beyond the Sky) has […]

The One about Discovering Japanese Music: Mr. Children’s “Atomic Heart”

I remember when I was sent a tape by a friend featuring the CD single for “Cross Road” and I was instantly hooked. I just remember watching their brief music video clips on various Japanese music shows and just felt that the music was well-sung, felt unique compared to other music at that time and the vocals were just awesome. Especially the lyrics to the songs. Just awesome! I received […]

The One about My Random Musings: Korea Times Music Festival @ The Hollywood Bowl (2017)

This weekend I was at Los Angeles and attended the 15th Annual Korea Times Music Festival @ the Hollywood Bowl. I’ll do more of a write-up when I get back and get situated but for now, please enjoy my latest Random Musings video from the event. Definitely one of my favorite events to go each year, the Korea Times Music Festival showcases a lot of talent and also many booths […]

The One about the Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H4 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

From Danish consumer electronics company, Bang & Olufsen (B&O) comes their Beoplay H4 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones. Bang & Olufsen has been around since 1925 founded by Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen and the company’s early beginnings was known for its alternate current radio and known later for its flagship speaker, the BeoLab 5. For fans of B&O products, along with wonderful sound, they are also attractive for their distinctive design […]

The One about Natalie Cole’s “Unforgettable”

When I heard the news of Natalie Cole’s passing on New Year’s Day 2016, the first thing I did was took out Natalie’s “Unforgettable” album and listened to it. Back when this first album was released, it was a big part of my young adult year growing in college and actually because of this album, it made me purchase albums from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, […]