Archive for June, 2009

福原美穂 HANABI SKY

Posted in Miho Fukuhara with tags , , on June 17, 2009 by jpoptoday

eleased yesterday! It’s 「HANABI SKY」 by Miho Fukuhara – 福原美穂 – the young lady who sang a tune from Fullmetal Alchemist鋼の錬金術師』 last year.

This latest single debuted at # 76 on Japan’s Hot 100 from Billboard Japan,  ten spots behind Van Halen.

Dave’s notes:  Aaargh! The video was removed for copyright infraction! If I had known that none of her videos are allowed to be copied I would have bypassed this singer (I am definitely not covering YUI here for this very reason.. fickle?)

Man this girl has some pipes!

At the age of fifteen Fukuhara was featured on a Hokkaido based TV karaoke competition and sang a cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and was recognised by the show’s judges for her talent.

Three years later after finishing high-school, she debuted as an indies artist on the Hokkaido’s Yumechika Records label with the Stevie Wonder cover “The Roots.”

Fukuhara’s single “Change” was the number ninety-two yearly song on Billboard’s year-end charts for 2008. With her single “Let It Out” she had her first major anime  tie-in with Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

陽は、また昇る

Posted in Mai Satoda with tags , , on June 16, 2009 by jpoptoday

アラジン

陽は, また昇る (“Hi wa Mata Noboru”) had to be the catchiest tune in 2008.  An uplifting song devoted to Japan’s salaryman.

I placed this under Mai Satoda’s category because she is the most recognizable member I believe and the real reason I even know about this song.  Aladdin was formed from groups on “Quiz Hexagon II”- クイズ!ヘキサゴンII,a Japanese quiz variety show on Fuji Television. The ladies are from Pabo and the men from Suchishin –羞恥心. In the PV Mai wears a green dress in the concert footage.

Mai Satoda (second from right on the CD cover) performs also as ‘Mai Satoda with the Goda Family’ – 里田まい with 合田家族, another Quiz Hexagon II outfit. We will upload that fun video in the near future.

Japanese punk band

Posted in the scott vegetables on June 15, 2009 by jpoptoday

the scott vegetables

There’s a big punk scene in Tokyo which features a lot of unsigned bands such as the scott vegetables. We figure we should devote some space to one of these bands. Being a fan of vegetables I was obviously drawn to this band.

Originally from Aomori prefecture -青森県 – the band consists of three guys.. lead vocalist/guitarist Kyo (Kyousuke Sibata) bass/vocalist Aokids (Thuyoshi Aoki?) and drummer GK.

They have a couple of demos out. One is 『LIVE DEMO 2006』 and the other is 『VEGETABLES FOR ALL, VEGETABLES FOR…

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Kyo is really a talented guy! They are a tight band. Please check their video on youtube and visit their myspace: www.myspace.com/thescottvegetables

Sing Along Sunday!

Posted in Tōhōshinki with tags , , , on June 14, 2009 by jpoptoday

Love in the Ice

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Last year Tōhōshinki scored a big hit with “Love In the Ice.”

Sametai sono te kimi no sei ja nai
Osanaki hibi matta kizu kakae
Dare ka wo aisuru koto osoreteru no
Kotoba no uragawa sei wo mukete

Dakishimeta kokoro ga koori no you ni sotto tokedasu

*Dare mo ga dare ka ni aisareru tame ni
Kono yo ni inochi wo kiramekaseru no sa
Sore ga moshimo boku nara mou ichido kimi no kokoro no wo
Towa no yasashisa de atatameru yo…*

Unmei no itazura (kokoro wo itametemo)
Sono namida no saki ni wa
Hitosuji no hikari ga (yami no naka maiorite)
Bokura wa kizuku sa

Kurushii hodo ni tsuyoku kanji aeru hito no nukumori

Dare mo ga matteru kanashimi ya kodoku
Iyashite moraeru basho sagashite iru
SO… kimi ni wa sono basho ga koko ni aru sa osorenai de
Mou mayowanai de boku ga mamoru

Setsunai hodo (My heart) utsukushii
Ai dakara (Don’t be afraid)
Hakanai hodo (Let you know my love) uruwashii
Kono toki wo… (You know… Let you know my love)

* Repeat

World of dōjin music 音系同人

Posted in dōjin music with tags , , on June 13, 2009 by jpoptoday

We fans and followers of Japanese pop culture in the west are always discovering new things. Just this morning I’ve learned about the dōjin scene and dōjin music 同人音楽.

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Dōjin is not a specific style of music but a particular way of publishing, something like the term “indie.” Dōjinshi are independent makers of manga and makeup the largest part of dōjin.

Dōjin music, also known as otokei dōjin – 音系同人- consists mostly of fan’s arrangements of dōjin video game music.

Here’s singer miko performing with dōjin troupe IOSIS – イオシス. The song’s title is 「魔理沙は大変なものを盗んでいきました」 (Marisa wa Taihen na Mono wo Nusunde Ikimashita) or “Marisa Stole the Precious Thing.”

IOSIS plays songs of Team Shanghai Alice’s video game “Tōhō Purojekuto” or 東方Project, made by Japanese game maker ZUN.

Dōjin conventions, the largest of which is called Comiket – コミケット – is held twice a year; once in August, and once in December in Tokyo International Exhibition Center or Tōkyō Biggu Saito – 東京ビッグサイト.,

Orthodox metal anyone?

Posted in Onmyo-Za with tags , on June 12, 2009 by jpoptoday

陰陽座

陰陽座 (Onmyouza)

Onmyo-Za – 陰陽座 – are a five piece metal band who has been rocking now for ten years.

They play “orthodox” metal comparable to Iron Maiden, mixed with elements from Japanese folk and pop. Since their debut, they have appeared in traditional clothing characteristic of Japan’s Heian period.

The band consists of one woman and four guys. Two vocalists share the limelight. Female singer Kuroneko – 黒猫 – and bass player/songwriter Matatabi -瞬火. Their songs mostly deal with Japanese folklore like”oni” –鬼 (demons.)

Here’s their 2004 single “Akki Hogan” ~ 『悪忌判官』 which reached up to # 30 on Oricon chart:


アニメ ワールド

Posted in anime with tags , on June 11, 2009 by jpoptoday

アンパンマン

We really like the music of this series “Soreike! Anpanman” -それいけ!アンパンマン the popular anime produced by Nippon Television Network Corporation.  The television series has been on the air in Japan since 1988.

http://www.imeem.com/monstabot/music/SSnIHVgj/namco-anpanman-no-march/

No English subtitles available at the moment. If anyone has videos of concert performances of Anpanman please let me know.

アンパンマンの頭部をモチーフとした4輪車両。ジャムおじさんたちによって開発された。ジャムおじさんたちの外出時の移動手段であるが、数々の武器を搭載している。劇中でもかなりの戦果を挙げている。