World of dōjin music 音系同人
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.
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.