The Banana Guide to Asian Entertainment: It’s All About Japan: Part IV
They can only be Japanese~
So what happens when there’s music out of this world? Shiina Ringo is pure goodness — alternative rock [Stoicism (ストイシズム) [clip]], ballads with big instrumentation [Tsumi to Batsu (罪と罰) [clip]], weird [Welcome to Heaven (天国へようこそ) [clip]], chanson-franco-japonaise [Jazz a go-go [clip]], Japanese fusion [Stem (莖) [MV]… you name it — with almost nearly anything she does, including her work with, the now-disbanded, Tokyo Jihen.
There’s also Hitomi Yaida (矢井田 瞳) [My Sweet Darlin’ [clip]], and the now-disbanded Go!Go!7188 [Ukifune (浮舟) [MV]]. Of course, it can’t ONLY be about the ladies of music~ Though Gackt can also really be ONLY Japanese, the Japanese man in my heart is none other than the guitar samurai, Miyavi.
And, of course, this is cheating, but music from the Ether is too much to pass on.
I don’t care that Lily Chou Chou fans don’t care for Salyu. She has moving vocals that soar, and elevates even rather plain Jpop songs that would be easily forgotten without her voice.
There you have it, folks.
That has been mostly what my incursion into what the Japanese music scene is.
Are you into Japanese music?
How did you get into it?
Who are your favorite?
Are you new to Japanese music?