The One about Amuro Namie

In Japan, there are very  few female pop stars that has not only had a long lasting music career, continually pump out chart topping hits and have a significant role in Japanese pop culture than Amuro (last name) Namie (first name). Born in Osaka and attending the Okinawa Actor’s School after being scouted, while she liked the school, her family could not afford the monthly fees.   But seeing the talent […]

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 […]