Makoto Shinkai’s Anime Film ‘Weathering with You’ Soundtrack by RADWIMPS to Feature Toko Miura

27.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

It was revealed last month that Japanese rock band RADWIMPS will perform the soundtrack for the upcoming animated film Weathering with You which is being written and directed by Makoto Shinkai. RADWIMPS teaming up with Shinkai caused an uproar of excitement within the anime community.


It has now been announced that RADWIMPS are set to collaborate with female actress Toko Miura on the soundtrack.

The idea to have Miura on board began with RADWIMPS vocalist Yojiro Noda wanted to have somebody else sing instead of him, specifically a female singer. Over a period of one year the band held auditions to find the perfect female voice that best fits with the film. After listening to many applicants, the voice to grab the hearts of both RADWIMPS and film director Makoto Shinkai was that by young female actress Toko Miura who has received high praise for throughout her filmography, including that in the 2015 Japanese drama comedy One Huff and Puff Journey, as well as drama series, but with this decision in place she is now sure to garner huge attention for her singing ability.


Noda commended the mysterious power Miura’s voice which he said brings on the sun no matter the weather.


Further details on the film’s soundtrack, which is set for release on the same day as the film, have also been announced. It will feature five main theme songs with vocals including Ai ni Dekiru Koto wa Mada Aru Kai which can be heard in the film’s promo, as well as 27 instrumental tracks.


The story of Weathering with You follows Hodaka Morishima, a high school student who leaves his home on an island to move to Tokyo. He finds a job as a writer but when he starts working he finds that it rains every single day. He meets a mysterious young girl named Hina Amano who is able to manipulate the weather to stop the rain and clear the sky.


Ever since Shinkai sent RADWIMPS the film’s script back in summer 2017 he and the band have had regular secret meetings to bring their next collaboration to fruition following the success of the band’s work on the director’s own Your Name. (2016).


Speaking about the band’s work with Toko Miura, Yojiro Noda comments: “When it was decided that we would write the music for Weathering with You, I was allowed to give some of my own suggestions. The first thing was that I wanted to have a song in there sung by someone other than myself, a female voice. The reason for that was because I wanted to have a different perspective from [Your Name], and because I wanted the song to have a bigger sense of presence, something with the female [voice] has, which would encapsulate the film. So we decided to hold auditions which lasted around a year.”


He continues: “The moment Miura let out her voice, it had this overwhelming and strange power which I feel could bring on the sun no matter the weather. Though it was raw and didn’t have any editing on it yet, it was a great thing for this film to bring her on board to sing the song. I look forward to hearing what she will sing next after this film.”


The film’s director Shinkai Makoto also spoke of Miura: “An actor or actress’s voice sounds more like something from the real world as it is. It carries something that exceeds the person’s emotions a little. That’s the impression I had with Toko Miura’s voice. ‘Let’s make the instant Toko’s voice shines the instant that the movie shines’ Those are the kind of things I spoke about with RADWIMPS when creating the film. I hope that you all look for that instant in the cinema.”


Toko Miura herself also commented: “When I first had the pleasure to meet the Weathering with You team, I really felt how much time and love they had all put into the film. I’m so happy from the bottom of my heart that they have entrusted those same feelings to my voice. The recording was carried out slowly and carefully under Noda’s directions over two months. When the finished music arrived, I listened to it, sang, sent it back, repeat. It was like sending letters back and forth to each other, it was a lot of fun. It’s a kind song that watches over the two [protagonists] in the film and occasionally cheers them on. I look forward to the day everyone gets to hear it and watch the film.”


Weathering with You will be released on July 19, 2019.


  • RADWIMPS Announce Special Online 15th Anniversary For November

    26.October.2020 | MUSIC

    It will have been 15 years since RADWIMPS made their debut this November, and to celebrate, the band will perform at Yokohama Arena on November 22 and 23 this year which will be streamed live in real time. And it’s not exclusive to online either – fan will be able to attend the concert for real too as the show will be held in accordance with government guidelines against COVID-19.


    If you’re wanting tickets to watch the livestream outside Japan then you can buy them here. Don’t miss out on what is to be a very special performance by RADWIMPS as they commemorate their 15th anniversary.

  • RADWIMPS Release ‘Natsu no Sei’ Music Video From New EP

    01.September.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS released their new music video for Natsu no Sei on their official YouTube channel. The song is the title track for their upcoming EP which is set to drop tomorrow (September 2).

    The bright and sunny music video was directed by Kento Yamada and stars actress Anna Yamada.


    RADWIMPS – “Natsu no Sei” Music Video

    To celebrate the launch of the new song, RADWIMPS are holding a summer-themed social media project. Over on their official website, fans can use a digital photo frame which they are encouraged to post along with the hashtag #RADsummer2020.


    Despite the effects of COVID-19 this year, RADWIMPS aren’t backing down with their releases, with the announcement of their Natsu no Sei EP their first new material in just 3 months. The record will include the title track which was originally released exclusively on Apple Music and was used in a Japanese commercial, Light The Light which was used to cheer people up during the pandemic, Neko Jarashi which was used in a commercial for tea by Kirin, Shinsekai which was written for their performance on the TV Asahi show Music Station, and Kokoro no Naka (Complete ver.) which was used for promotion of “KIBO RELAY OVER THE EARTH.”

  • RADWIMPS Announce New EP ‘Natsu no Sei’

    26.August.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS have announced the release of their first EP, Natsu no Sei, which will drop on September 2, 2020.

    Despite the effects of COVID-19 this year, RADWIMPS aren’t backing down with their releases, with the announcement of Natsu no Sei their first new material in just 3 months. The record will include the title track which was originally released exclusively on Apple Music and was used in a Japanese commercial, Light The Light which was used to cheer people up during the pandemic, Neko Jarashi which was used in a commercial for tea by Kirin, Shinsekai which was written for their performance on the TV Asahi show Music Station, and Kokoro no Naka (Complete ver.) which was used for promotion of “KIBO RELAY OVER THE EARTH.”


    RADWIMPS will perform their new summer song Natsu no Sei on Japanese TV tonight. Full details below.

  • RADWIMPS Releases New Song ‘cocorononaca’ On Spotify and Other Streaming Services

    03.June.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS released a new song entitled cocorononaca today on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.

    The song was recently revealed on the band’s social media together with a video and received much excitement from fans, prompting the band to drop the track digitally today.


    On the song, band vocalist and lead guitarist Yojiro Noda said: “I pray for each and every heart that was headed towards it goal, the hearts that have tasted hope, that they can once again move towards those goals in the future. I hope that this song serves as hope for people, even if just a little.”


    This is a track to check out when you’re wanting a bit of positivity. Listen to cocorononaca now at the links below.

  • RADWIMPS Release Music Video For ‘Nekojarashi’ Orchestral Version

    29.May.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS have dropped a music video for their song Nekojarashi (Orchestra ver.).

    The music video was shot and made by staff who have been involved with many other RADWIMPS music videos. The video is a snapshot of an ordinary day, something which comes as a welcome during these chaotic times. It looks at what lies beyond in the future—a message of hope.


    RADWIMPS recently released a music video for the normal version of Nekojarashi featuring a compilation of photos the band wanted fans to send in which showcase the little things in life that make them happy. Now fans can enjoy that alongside the video for the orchestral version.


    RADWIMPS – “Nekojarashi (Orchestra ver.) Music Video

  • Weathering with You Anime Film’s Official Art Book Limited Edition Bonuses Revealed

    24.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    The official Weathering with You art book is set for release in Japan on May 27, 2020. The book will include a limited edition version, and depending on where you purchase it from you will receive a different bonus item.


    KADOKAWA announced the release of the art earlier this month. The hit anime film directed by Makoto Shinkai (Your NameThe Garden of Words) was released in July last year to critical acclaim, earning the title of Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.


    The art book is to feature over 240 gorgeous pieces of background art which of course includes image of Tokyo’s sky changed by the weather in the film. It will also include an interview with the director Makoto Shinkai, comments by the art director Hiroshi Takiguchi, and plenty more for a detailed, behind-the-scenes look into the movie.


    Let’s check out the different stores offering their exclusive bonus items.



    IC Card/Smartphone/Tablet Stickers (Sticker Set A)

    Books Kinokuniya

    IC Card/Smartphone/Tablet Stickers (Sticker Set B)


    IC Card/Smartphone/Tablet Stickers (Sticker Set C)

    *Stickers are available at select branches only. Please enquire in-branch for more information.


    The three different sticker sets feature breathtaking background art from Weathering with You, and can be used on IC cards, smartphones, or tablets.



    PC Wallpapers (3 Designs/3 Sizes) – these can be used as backgrounds for online calls too

    Smartphone Wallpaper (1 Design)

    If bought on Amazon, you’ll get some PC wallpapers and a smartphone wallpaper.

    *Wallpaper designs subject to change without notice. The wallpapers are exclusive to customers who buy the book by July 31, 2020 at 23:59 (JST). Wallpapers can be downloaded until October 29, 2020 at 23:59 (JST).


    ©2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • RADWIMPS Release Entire Discography on Spotify & Other Streaming Services

    15.May.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS release their entire discography today on Spotify, Apple Music, and other music streaming services—everything since their 2005 major debut.


    That’s 195 songs, beginning with their major debut single 25 Kome no Senshokutai to to their digital-only release Nekojarashi and their latest song Shinsekai. This is the perfect opportunity for fans to walk back through this musical history, and for those who are unfamiliar with RADWIMPS to learn about everything they have to offerーthis being the band known for writing the soundtracks for the hit anime films Your Name and Weathering with You.


    The band also released a music video for Nekojarashi. The warm video is a compilation of photos the band wanted fans to send in which showcase the little things in life that make them happy.


    RADWIMPS – “Nekojarashi” Music Video (#RADnekojarashi ver.)


    RADWIMPS are also holding a campaign on social media which invites people to make a playlist of their 5 favourite RADWIMPS songs and then post it on social media with the hashtag #僕の私のRADWIMPSど真ん中5曲.

  • RADWIMPS Release New Song ‘SHINSEKAI’ on Streaming and Digital Music Platforms

    11.May.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS dropped their new song SHINSEKAI (“New World”) on digital music and streaming platforms, including iTunes and Spotify, on May 9, 2020.


    The track was written was completed only just recently for the band’s performance on the TV Asahi show Music Station on May 8 where they played the song for the first time.

    Lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the band Yojiro Noda said: “When we first had talks about making a song, we thought to make one that would help people to look forward, so we started writing. But we gradually began to feel that it wouldn’t be enough. COVID-19 has snatched away much from usーand at the same time it has helped us realise a lot of things. When things return to normal, I think we’ll be living in a different world to what we knew. The way we run businesses and companies, how we are in the classroom or in politics. What kind of world will we live in from now? This song is one to imagine and start forming that time.”

  • Weathering with You’s Official Art Book to Feature Over 240 Breathtaking Background Pieces

    10.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    KADOKAWA has announced that it is releasing an official art book for Weathering with You on May 27, 2020. The hit anime film directed by Makoto Shinkai (Your NameThe Garden of Words) was released in July last year to critical acclaim, earning the title of Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.

    Art Book Sleeve

    The art book is to feature over 240 gorgeous pieces of background art which of course includes image of Tokyo’s sky changed by the weather in the film. It will also include an interview with the director Makoto Shinkai, comments by the art director Hiroshi Takiguchi, and plenty more for a detailed, behind-the-scenes look into the movie.

    Front Cover

    Background Imagery

    The book is split into 14 chapters such as “Clear Sky Tokyo,” “Rainy Tokyo,” “Abandoned Warehouse,” “Hina’s Apartment,” and more. Each chapter is coupled with comments from the art staff who give their thoughts on the gorgeous backgrounds and how they change during the movie when the weather changes.


    14 Chapters

    To Tokyo / Shopping District / Abandoned Warehouse / Clear Sky Tokyo / Rainy Tokyo / Suga Office / Hina’s Apartment / Shitamachi Private Houses / Shrine / Backstreets / Parks / Escape / Clouds & Sky / The World Years Later

    *Chapter names translated from Japanese



    The book will feature an interview with the film’s director Makoto Shinkai on the film’s layout, storyboarding, and more. It will also include talks with the art director Hiroshi Takiguchi as well as Nizou Yamamoto (who was the art director for Studio Ghibli’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky) who worked on the film’s shrine and ceiling art, and other staff.


    Background Art Pre-Production

    Comments by art director Hiroshi Takiguchi along with visuals will show the four stages of pre-production for the background art including storyboarding, colouring, rough sketches, and 3D models.


    Step into the breathtaking world of Weathering with You once more by picking up a copy of the official art book, out May 27, 2020 in Japan.


    ©2019 “Weathering with You” Production Committee

  • Toko Miura Releases ‘uzu’ Music Video From Debut Mini Album ‘ASTERISK’

    28.April.2020 | MUSIC

    Toko Miura is set to release her debut mini album ASTERISK on May 27, 2020. Two songs from the 7-track record, uzu and Ochitsuke, are now available to listen to on all major music download and streaming services, including iTunes and Spotify.


    uzu will feature as the main theme song for the upcoming Japanese documentary film Mujica Sekai de Ichiban Muzushii Daitoryo Kara Nihonjin e which covers former Uruguayan president José Mujica’s relationship with Japan. The film’s director, Tabei, was captivated by Toko Miura’s voice, and so invited singer-songwriter Naotarō Moriyama on board to write and produce uzu to bring and deliver the purity of her voice to people.


    A music video for uzu directed by music video director Pennacky was also released, and captures the warmth and nostalgia that embraces the track.


    Toko Miura – “uzu” Music Video

    Miura’s other song that’s available to listen to, Ochitsuke, was written, composed, and arranged by TENDRE, and has a light, relaxing sound. Both songs capture Toko Miura’s delicate voice beautifully, so be sure to check them out before ASTERISK drops next month.

  • With the world on lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, everybody is cooped up indoors and spending time at home. If you’re looking for something new to watch or listen to, then we’ve got you covered. MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON has compiled a list of 11 Japanese artists who have or are planning to post live footage of their full concerts and performances on YouTube.


    The future looks uncertain as it is right now, so in the meantime let’s find time to do the things we enjoy and stay positive as we get through this together.



    ONE OK ROCK are set to premiere 6 of their past concerts on YouTube from 2014-2018. They will be the full performances with no cuts and will not be archived, so mark your calendars and be sure to tune in when they drop.

    Full Details:

    ONE OK ROCK’s YouTube Channel:



    ARASHI has posted a full concert taken from his “untitled” tour which ran from November 2017 to January 2018. “Untitled” is the theme of the tour which looked towards ARASHI of the future. The stage set up and incredible performance are absolute must-sees.


    ARASHI’s Youtube Channel:


    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is in the middle of posting 100 videos of her live performances which will be available to watch for a limited time between April 14 to May 17 this year. The videos are being released as a part of the at-home entertainment #ouchiasobi (“Play At Home”) project launched by ASOBISYSTEM, the agency that Kyary is signed to. Now you can have fun too with Kyary by bringing her concerts into your home.


    Full Details:

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Youtube Channel:



    AAA’s performance at Saitama Super Arena was a highlight of their 2013 tourーa tour which took them to see 150,000 fans across Japan. The full show is now available to watch on YouTube until April 30, 2020 at 23:59 (JST), so be sure to check it out.


    avex’s Youtube Channel:



    RADWIMPS have posted some content from their recently-released live DVD and Blu-ray ANTI ANTI GENERATION TOUR 2019 onto their YouTube channel. Feel part of the crowd with the following thrilling performance.

    Full Details:

    RADWIMPS’s Youtube Channel:


    Taichi Mukai

    Taichi Mukai recently posted a video of his performance of his popular song Reset. The song was written as the first ending theme for the anime series Run with the Wind.


    Taichi Mukai’s Youtube Channel:


    Official HIGE DANdism

    Official HIGE DANdism’s performance of I LOVE… at Pacifico Yokohama, which was held on February 10, 2020 as part of their “Travelers” tour, is available to listen to on Apple Music. This is another one that makes you feel part of the experience.


    Apple Music “I LOVE…” Pacifico Yokohama (2020.02.10)


    TK from Ling Tosite Sigure

    TK posted a video on his YouTube channel of footage taken from his live performance at Landmark Studio in Yokohama. His live band line-up includes the familiar faces BOBO (Drums) and Sato Honoka (Violin) as well as Yoshida Ichiro Untouchable World (Bass) who was a support member for TK last year, Hiroko Sebu (Piano) who provided her piano playing on TK’s single katharsis from last year, and Masao Watanabe (Cello).


    Full Details:

    Ling Tosite Sigure’s YouTube Channel:



    amazarashi dropped a trailer last year for his live DVD and Blu-ray release Mirai ni Narenakatta Subete no Yoru ni. His self-cover of Long Hope Philiaーthe theme song of the anime film My Hero Academia: Two Heroes and fifth ending theme of the My Hero Academia anime seriesーis a must-see!


    Full Details:

    amazarashi’s Youtube Channel:



    A live performance of Suchmos’s hugely popular Mint. It features footage backstage from the band’s tours across three years.


    Full Details:

    Suchmos’s Youtube Channel:



    Here’s a live music video of Superfly’s song Kakusei, the theme for the anime movie Promare. The video uses live footage taken from Superfly’s arena tour which incorporates gorgeous CG imagery.


    Full Details:

    Superfly’s YouTube Channel:

  • RADWIMPS Release New Song ‘Nekojarashi’ On Spotify and iTunes

    07.April.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS released their new song Nekojarashi on major download and streaming music services on April 5, 2020 including iTunes and Spotify.

    Nekojarashi began featuring as part of a new commercial for Kirin’s “Gogo no Kocha” (Afternoon Tea) brand of drinks last month. The song, like the commercial, is themed on those moments of happiness that are right in front of us. Two versions of the song were released digitally: the normal version, and an orchestral versionーthe latter of which is being used in the commercial and is featured under the name of the RADWIMPS frontman Yojiro Noda.


    The commercial started airing on Japanese TV last month. Japanese actress Kyoko Fukada is the face of the commercial, which promotes how there is happiness to be found in those casual moments in our everyday lives even if we do not notice them.


    Kiririn Gogo no Kocha (Straight Tea/Milk Tea/Lemon Tea)


    A project has also been launched where people can take the frame of the Nekojarashi CD cover and create their own original cover by inserting a photo of themselves. Once uploaded, you can post on social media with the hashtag. Photos will then be selected to feature in a video. Full details can be found here.


    Yojiro Noda | Comment

    “The strengths that humans get used to is something amazing. Both the good and bad. For our own reasons, we seem to love and treasure having the breakfast we are so used to, the voice of someone saying ‘I’m home,’ the route we take back going home. The trick to living a fun life in this world might not be being overambitious, but the ability to notice those little joyful moments. Another thing is the existence of our selves with whom we spend every day with. Before we know it, we realise we didn’t actually know what that meant, so we take notice and live our lives knowing it. The me that I don’t even know might still be hidden away. That’s what I wrote this song about.”