MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: 15 Vocaloid Songs You Should Know

27.April.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

 

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15 Vocaloid Songs You Should Know

This week’s playlist contains an assorted collection of Vocaloid songs picked by the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON staff. Whether you’re looking for happy, sad, or just a good time, there’s something in here for everyone.

 

Tell Your World – livetune, Hatsune Miku

Hailed as the anthem of the Vocaloid community, this song brings together Hatsune Miku and fans through the beauty of music.

 

I-aru Fanclub – Mikito-P, GUMI, Kagamine Rin

In this song, GUMI and Rin work hard to learn Chinese to convey their love for a Chinese person they love. The song mixes in Chinese words into the lyrics.

 

Matryoshka – hachi, Hatsune Miku, GUMI

Famous artist Kenshi Yonezu released Matryoshka under the name hachi on August 19, 2010. The song earned the tag VOCALOID shinwa (VOCALOID Myth) in 2017 on the video sharing website Niconico. This is a glorious title given to videos with over 10 million views.

 

Balloon – Charles v-flower

Vocaloid producer Keina Suda (Balloon) produced this song in 2016. He also released a video of his own self-cover of the song.

 

Hand in Hand – livetune, Hatsune Miku

This song was used as the official theme song for Magical Mirai 2015, an annual Vocaloid concert.

 

Senbonzakura – Hatsune Miku, Kurousa

Senbonzakura is a popular song about the westernization of Japan during the Meiji Restoration.

 

Kunoichi Demo Koi ga Shitai – Mikito-P, Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin

This song is about a ninja who falls in love with someone they were to assassinate.

 

Remote Controller – Kagamine Rin & Len, Wonderful☆Opportunity

This song sees Rin and Len Kagamine have fun controlling each other using a remote controller.

 

This is the Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee – Hatsune Miku, UtataP

This song tells the story of the “Happiness and Peace of Mind Committee,” an organisation of a dystopian land that leads people down the path of happiness. But the electro rock track in fact has very dark undertones to it. The song even spawned its own novel in 2013.

 

News 39 – Hatsune Miku, Mitchie M

Hatsune Miku becomes a newscaster for the news programme “News 39” in which she reports happy news from around the world.

 

Holy Lance Explosion Boy – Len Kagamine, Neruriri & Moja (Hiroki Oshiba)

A high speed, explosive track with fast singing and lyrical content that’s pretty direct to say the least.

 

Lost One’s Weeping – Kagamine Rin, neru

Lost One’s Weeping is popular for its high energy sound and shredding guitar and bass line, but it became most known for its powerful and relatable lyrics about the hardships of students and how the education system strips them of their personality and dreams.

 

Yellow – Hatsune Miku, livetune

A cute and catchy electropop melody laced with lyrics that have a tinge of sadness to them.

 

Tsugihagi Staccato – Hatsune Miku, toa

This is a song that you’ll find yourself humming and swaying your head to, and one that’ll stick in your head. It has a cute melody, but the lyrics are sad and lonely sounding.

 

Karakuri Pierrot – Hatsune Miku, 40mP

This song sings of a person’s emotions as they find themselves having to keep waiting for someone. It was the 100th original Vocaloid song to reach 1 million views.

 

Did you enjoy this week’s Vocaloid picks? We’ll be posting a new playlist every week, so be sure to follow us on Spotify.

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  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Sad Vibes Playlist

    09.November.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

    Japanese Sad Vibes Playlist

    Let’s face it, 2020 has been a tough year. We’ve all had our ups and downs, and sometimes when you’re feeling sad, you want a song that captures that feeling to vibe to. Here’s a selection of feelsy tracks for when you’re feeling sad.

     

    Aimer – “Anatani Deawanakereba Kasetsutouka”

    Aimer has a lot of sad-sounding songs, and this is a really feelsy one. You can hear it in her voice. Its title roughly translates to ‘If I’m Unable to See You – Summer, Winter, and Autumn Flowers.”

     

    Nujabes – “Dawn on the Side”

    From the third and final album ‘Spiritual State’ by Nujabes, there’s something about this instrumental song that is hauntingly beautiful, sad, and nostalgic all at the same time.

     

    Hikaru Utada – “Don’t Think Twice”

    This song is the official English version of Utada’s song ‘Chikai,’ both of which are main theme songs for the video game Kingdom Hearts III. It has really sad lyrics which are sung beautifully as always by Utada.

     

    Rude-α – “LIFE”

    This song became a hit as the ending theme for the anime series ‘Dr. Stone.’ Another great track to vibe to that can make you feel a whirlpool of different emotions: happy, sad, and nostalgic all at the same time.

     

    Nujabes – “Rainyway Back Home”

    A peaceful song with nostalgic vibes. Listening to it will send you on a journey back to your childhood home. If you want to stay focussed while studying or working, this song is sure to calm you down.

     

    C&K – “Y”


    The letter “Y” symbolises two lovers going their separate ways. A heartbreaking song that reflects on the good times and shows hopes for meeting again to walk the same path together.

     

    Sohta feat. Eve – “Ikanaide”

    Originally by Sohta, this song has been covered by a range of artists. The song title translates to “don’t go” and talks about the heart-wrenching feeling of walking your lover to the train station and watching them leave, trying to be brave. The song can be interpreted in a number of ways, including the passing of a loved one.

     

    Galileo Galilei – “Arigatō, Gomen ne”

    The song literally translates to “Thank you, I’m Sorry”. A relaxing song with comforting vibes perfect for self-reflection.

     

    alan – “Ikiru”

    A beautiful piece sung by alan. Her gentle, soothing voice harmonises perfectly with the elegant instrumental accompaniment.

     

    Shota Tezuka – “Aitai Yo”

    A passionate song about aching to meet someone. The beautiful piano accompaniment makes the song even more emotional.

     

    MINMI – “Shiki no Uta”

    This song became a hit as the ending theme for the anime series ‘Samurai Champloo.’ Despite the track not being played commercially overseas, it has become loved the world over, even amongst those who aren’t anime fans.

     

    XAAXAA – “yukidokei”

    This song is about the feelings and memories that you’re left with after a break-up. The vocals and music are both beautiful and powerful.

     

    D=OUT  – “Senko Hanabi”

    A song by the visual-kei rock band D=OUT. The vocals and music are nothing short of beautiful.

     

    Eir Aoi – “Close Friend”

    Eir Aoi’s powerful and emotional voice is just what you need when you want to sing along passionately.

     

    Shoko Nakagawa – “RAY OF LIGHT”

    Well-known as the fifth ending theme song for the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime series, this is another passionate song to sing your heart out to.

     

    What did you think of this week’s picks? If you enjoyed them, make sure to stick around as we’ll be posting a new playlist every week.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Songs For Concentration & Focus

    05.November.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

    Japanese Songs For Concentration & Focus

    If you’re the type to concentrate better with music on in the background, whether you’re studying or working, then we’ve got a playlist for you. Even better if you’re a fan of music from Japan!

     

    RADWIMPS – “Nandemonaiya – movie ver.”

    This song was written for the box office hit movie Your Name. The relaxing piano melodies and soothing vocals is just what you need to concentrate.

     

    Kan Sano – “On My Way Home”

    A soothing piano song with no vocals. This calming track will keep you relaxed so you can get on with your work.

     

    Suchmos – “MINT”

    A more upbeat song to give you energy. The funky bassline sets the pace for the freestyle guitar melodies.

     

    chelmico – “Zurui ne”

    chelmico’s chill café vibes are just what you need to concentrate. The rhythmic vocals will help you to stay focussed on the task at hand.

     

    LUCK TAPES feat. kojikoji – “BLUE feat. kojikoji”


    Another chill song to switch on when you’re feeling your concentration levels drop. The gentle vocal harmonies and light drumbeat set the tone for a day of stress-free work.

     

    pinoko feat. KEN TIN MIN – “Sunday”

    The catchy hooks, rhythm and freestyle piano melodies will instantly put you in a good mood, motivating you to work hard.

     

    Rainych – “Say So – Japanese Version” 

    Indonesian YouTuber Rainych took the world by storm by releasing a Japanese cover of the Doja Cat’s song Say So. Her dreamy kawaii voice will lift your spirit instantly.

     

    Nujabes – “Rainyway Back Home”

    A chilled, laid-back tune that fills you with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, like returning to the home you used to live at. Pretty much every track by Nujabes is great to have on in the background while working.

     

    Masayoshi Soken – “Crimson Sunset”

    A classic track from the Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood soundtrack, and a very Japanese-y one at that. Its quiet melody is perfect for concentration.

     

    Boku no Lyric no Boyomi – “Asayoke to Nettaigyo”

    The gentle vocals and gorgeous music will put you in the zone to get done what needs to get done.

     

    Asako Toki – “mellow yellow”

    Like the song title suggests, this is a mellow, soft-sounding song so is an easy listen when you’re concentrating.

     

    Mizuki Ohira – “Ikareta Baby”

    The funky, smooth, and feel-good sound is sure to fill you with motivation and in turn increase your concentration.

     

    ASOBOiSM – “UCHOTEN (feat. TACK)”

    Another smooth-sounding track with eargasmic bars you can just tune out to.

     

    kiki vivi lily – “80denier”

    This song has a groovy sound and distinct rhythm that makes it another great listen for work.

     

    So, what did you think? Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a new playlist of Japanese songs every week!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Songs to Feel Refreshed in the Morning

    26.October.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

    Japanese Songs to Feel Refreshed in the Morning

    If you woke up feeling refreshed this morning, here’s a playlist of Japanese songs for you to switch on to enhance that feeling as you enjoy your morning coffee.

     

    Aimer – “We Two”

    Aimer’s delicate voice contrasts with the passionate rhythm of the electric guitar. A heavenly combination to wake up your brain in the morning.

    DAOKO – “Hajimemashite no Kimochi o”

    DAOKO never fails to make a catchy song. This song has that refreshing feeling to it, but also has a hint of melancholy to it.

     

    Yorushika – “Dakara Boku wa Ongaku o Yameta”

    This one also has a brisk melancholy to it but is nothing short of refreshing.

     

    [Alexandros] – “Gesshoku Horizon”

    You just can’t get enough of the jaunty guitar and rhythm of this one. Perfect as a morning track.

     

    Cidergirl – “Evergreen”

    This fast paced rock tune gives you that same kind of uplifting, freeing feeling like a shonen anime opening theme.

     

    sanari – “Prince”

    A chill song with refreshing vibes. The gentle beat of the drums and sanari’s smooth voice is just what you want to hear in the morning.

     

    Eito – “Right Now”

    Just hearing the simple acoustic guitar chords and simple melody will have you humming along in no time.

     

    DREAMS COME TRUE – “Haretara Iine”

    A happy sounding song that sets you up for the day with positive vibes.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “Sai & Co”

    If you are looking for some encouragement to start your day, an upbeat song by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is just what you need.

     

    livetune feat. Hatsune Miku – “Yellow – Re:Dialed”

    Another upbeat song to brighten your morning. Plunge into Hatsune Miku’s bright and colourful world.

     

    Official HIGE DANdism – “No Doubt”

    The vocals and melody of the happy-sounding keyboard are sure to make you feel good in the morning.

     

    KANA-BOON – “Wake up”

    An energy-filled KANA-BOON song will provide you with the energy to get on with your day.

     

    SUPER BEAVER – “Yokan”

    Another feel-good rock song, and despite being a rock tune, is easy to listen to even in the mornings.

     

    L’Arc~en~Ciel – “READY STEADY GO”

    A rock song to provide you with the energy to get up and get on with your day. The raspy vocals blend perfectly with the guitar melodies.

     

    What did you think of this week’s picks? Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a new playlist to discover every week.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Songs For Halloween and Autumn

    12.October.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

    Japanese Songs For Halloween and Autumn

    Autumn has arrived, and Halloween is on the horizon. It’s the season for crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and spooks. Get in the mood with this seasonal selection of Japanese songs for Halloween and autumn.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Crazy Party Night -Pumpkins Strike Back-

    This song breathes life into halloween year after year and is essential to your Halloween playlist.

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    AKB48 – “Halloween Night”

    Let AKB48’s energetic and exciting voices ignite your Halloween party mood.

     

    Denki Groove – “Mononoke Dance”

    A groovy dance track which will have you bouncing to the rhythm in no time.

    Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS from EXILE TRIBE – “Rat-tat-tat”

    This was used as the commercial song for a Halloween event held at Universal Studios Japan.

     

    THE ORAL CIGARETTES – “Halloween no Yoin”

    A great halloween rock tune to celebrate halloween. The lead guitar melodies will fill you with energy.

     

    Golden Bomber – “Dance My Generation”

    Even if you can’t have a halloween party this year, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate at home. This nostalgic tune will energise your home party.

     

    HALLOWEEN JUNKY ORCHESTRA – “HALLOWEEN PARTY”

    HALLOWEEN JUNKY ORCHESTRA was a temporary rock band formed by HYDE from L’Arc~en~Ciel and other artists. The song’s official music video includes a dance you just have to see.

     

    ARASHI – “Monster”

    This song by ARASHI was the main theme song for the drama The Monster Kid. The baroque-style sound sets the perfect mood for Halloween.

     

    Eri Kitamura – “arcadia † paroniria”

    The symphonic metal sound of this track makes you think of a spooky church. Fitting for Halloween!

     

    9mm Parabellum Bullet – “Vampiregirl”

    A song that packs together everything about 9mm Parabellum Bullet with their dark, aggressive sound. This is one to sing along to at Halloween.

     

    Sakurako Ohara – “Orange no Happy Halloween”

    Forget Happy Valentine’s Day, it’s Happy Halloween with this track which sings of a love sprouting thanks to Halloween. A jaunty guitar melody line together with Ohara’s beautiful vocals make this a very different kind of Halloween track.

     

    MAN WITH A MISSION – “Feel and Think”

    Featured on the band’s second mini album Trick or Treat e.p., this is a fast-paced Halloween rock song.

     

    Kaela Kimura – “Obake Nante Nai Sa”

    A Halloweeny song covered by Kaela Kimura.

     

    Did you enjoy our picks this week? Stay tuned for next week’s playlist!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: 13 Best Shonen Anime Theme Songs

    05.October.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

      

    13 Best Shonen Anime Theme Songs

    It’s time to get hyped with our curated list of 13 must-listen-to opening and ending theme songs from popular shonen anime series.

    LiSA – “Gurenge” (Red Lotus)

    The opening theme for Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The song was released digitally on April 22, 2019 and topped Japan’s digital charts.

     

    Kenshi Yonezu – “Peace Sign”

    The second opening theme song for My Hero Academia. A rock guitar tune written and performed by Kenshi Yonezu as he reflects on his own childhood.

     

    Linked Horizon – “Shinzo wo Sasageyo!”

    Following the success of Attack on Titan’s season one opening theme Guren no Yamiya―a behemoth of an anthem in the anime community―season two also birthed another track that became hugely popular, Shinzo wo Sasageyo!

     

    PELICAN FANCLUB – “Primary Colours”

    The second opening theme for the anime series Dr. Stone. Like the rest of the songs on this list, this track is a huge hit with anime fans outside of Japan.

     

    YUI – “again”

    The opening theme song for the anime Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. From the rhythmic acoustic guitar and whispery vocals to a passionate rock guitar solo, the transitions in this song are as exciting as the anime.

     

    KANA-BOON – “Baton Road”

    KANA-BOON kicks off the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime with a lively and energetic tune. The song reflects the new young characters who will carry on the anime’s legacy.

     

    AAA – “Wake Up!”

    One Piece‘s 17th opening theme song. This is the perfect song for anyone who needs a kick of energy.

     

    SCANDAL – “HARUKAZE”

    Taking a trip down memory lane, we’ve arrived at a childhood favourite. The 15th anime opening for the anime Bleach.

     

    Eir Aoi – “I will…”

    The ending theme song for Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld‘s final chapter.

     

    Motohiro Hata – “Toumei Datta Sekai”

    A song written for Naruto Shippuden known to any and all fans of the series.

     

    Hiroaki Tommy Tominaga \ JOJO SONO CHINO SADAME

    The very first opening theme song of the anime adaptation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.

     

    MAXIMUM THE HORMONE – “Zetsubou Billy”

    The second ending theme for the universally-praised anime series Death Note. MAXIMUM THE HORMONE also performed the second opening theme.

     

    UVERworld – “Touch off”

    The opening theme for the anime adaptation of the Weekly Shonen Jump manga series The Promised Neverland. Who else is on the hype train for season two, coming January 2021?

     

    Did you enjoy our picks this week? Stay tuned for next week’s playlist!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Songs to Listen to While Studying

    28.September.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

    Japanese Songs to Listen to While Studying

    Here’s a special selection of Japanese tunes chosen by the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON staff for you to listen to while studying or working.

     

    YOASOBI – “Probably”

    If you’re struggling to concentrate, the steady and relaxing beat of this song will help keep your mind on track.

     

    RADWIMPS – “SHINSEKAI” (New World)

    If you’re looking for chill vibes, look no further than RADWIMPS. The relaxing vocals will keep you calm as you study for those important exams.

     

    Sakanaction – “Kikitakatta Dance Music LIQUIDROOM Ni”

    Another toned-down song to help you keep focussed on your studies.

     

    C&K – “Asa to Hikari”

    The beautiful piano melodies intertwine with C&K’s signature falsetto style. The elegant blend of melodies will relax you instantly.

     

    kiki vivi lily – Caffeine Chūdoku (Caffeineholic)

    If you can’t start your morning without a fresh cup of coffee, you’re not alone. Grab your mug and join the club.

     

    TENDRE – “DOCUMENT”

    Desperate for those café vibes but determined to self-isolate? This is your song.

     

    Nao Kodama x Kan Sano – “Coffee Shake”

    The playful riffs and light drums create the perfect atmosphere for you to focus on your studies.

     

    CHIAKI SATO – “Summer Gate”

    A beautiful chord progression and soothing voice is just what you need to hear to keep you motivated to study.

     

    sukekiyo – “Kisses”

    An easy song to get into, and a nice one at that to have on in the background while studying.

     

    SID – “Mitsuyubi”

    This song is super catchy and one you can jam to even when studying.

     

    DIMLIM – “vanitas”

    Chill songs are great for when you need to concentrate, but heavy songs are a great motivation booster too, so they’re also good for studying!

     

    D=OUT – “Senko Hanabi”

    This beautiful melody and lyrics of this song make you feel uplifted and at ease, so it’s perfect during those stressful study sessions.

    SuG – “sweeToxic”

    This song has SuG’s iconic stylish pop sound. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call this one of the band’s biggest hits.

    What did you think of this week’s playlist? Stay tuned for next week’s playlist!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Songs For Cooking At Home

    21.September.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.
     

     

    Japanese Songs For Cooking At Home

    Have you learned to make any new dishes while at home during the pandemic? Whether you’re trying out something different or cooking up your favourite dish, music while cooking makes it an even better time!

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “CANDY CANDY”


    This song is packed with sugary kawaii vibes. Make sure to join in on the chorus!

     

    [Alexandros] – “Wataridori”

    The lively strumming of the guitar will fill you with the energy to get up and start cooking.

     

    Hikaru Utada – “Simple And Clean”

    Your dish doesn’t have to be complicated; sometimes simple is better. Pour some love into your cooking while belting out this track!

     

    AKB48 – “Yasai Sisters”

    Yasai Sisters is the name for the group of AKB48 members who appeared in commercials for vegetable juice producer Kagome. This is the perfect tune to cut vegetables to.

     

    Sakanaction – “Music”

    This may not be a food related song, but it’s upbeat with chill undertones which makes it the perfect tune for cooking with friends.

     

    BABYMETAL – “Doki Doki Morning”

    A super fun and lighthearted track that just takes your cooking skills to the next level.

     

    Aimyon – “MASHIMARO (Marshmallow)”

    Marshmallow is included on her brand new album Heard that there’s good pasta which was released earlier this month.

     

    Snail’s House – “Hot Milk”

    Another kawaii and comforting song by Snail’s House.

     

    Sotaiseiriron – “BATACO”

    This song has a good rhythm to it which is great to follow along to while chopping your ingredients.

     

    Yumi Matsutoya – “Rouge no Dengon”

    A super catchy and happy sounding song that’s sure to raise your mood during those times when cooking feels like a pain.

     

    CAPSULE – “JUMPER”

    This song will get you pumped and in a good mood while cooking, it makes you want to just start dancing, or I guess jumping.

     

    DE DE MOUSE – “Nulife”

    The beginning of this song is quiet and tranquil, so you can immerse yourself in your cooking, but it also has upbeat parts which make you want to pour your all into your dish.

     

    NICO Touches the Walls – “RAMEN TABETAI”

    When the cooking didn’t go too well but you’re still in need of a warm and hearty meal, going out for ramen might be a good shout. The song title translates to “I want to eat ramen” – one of Japan’s best comfort foods.

     

    What did you think of this week’s playlist? Make sure to stay tuned as we’ll be delivering you a brand new playlist every week.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Songs to Listen to While Driving

    14.September.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

    Japanese Songs to Listen to While Driving

    If you’re hitting the road anytime soon and are in need of a new playlist, then we’ve got the compilation for you: a special selection of Japanese tunes to serve as your BGM while you drive.

     

    Suchmos – “STAY TUNE”

    A chill song to roll around the city on a pleasant late evening as you return home from your day out.

     

    Official HIGE DANdism -“115 MILLION KILOMETER FILM”

    Another song perfect for singing your heart out when you have the windows up.

     

    chelmico – “Disco  (Bad dance doesn’t matter)”

    A feel-good disco song that you’ll want to hear again and again.Your passengers will be bouncing to the bouncy rhythm in no time.

     

    ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – “Rewrite”

    The fourth opening theme song for the anime Fullmetal Alchemist. A nostalgic song that can never be forgotten.

     

    KANA-BOON – “NAIMONONEDARI”

    A classic upbeat rock tune by KANA-BOON. The catchy melody will have you singing along in no time. 

     

    Sakanaction – “Eureka”

    A relaxing song for an evening drive. The official music video shows scenes of Tokyo.

     

    Aimyon – “Kimi wa Rock o Kikanai”

    A road song you want to just start singing along to out loud.

     

    BRADIO – “Kirameki Dancin’”

    A super funky tune you’ll find yourself tapping the steering wheel too without even realising.

    GARNiDELiA – “Gokuraku Joudo”


    A catchy-as-hell song for you and your friends to bounce to while riding together.

     

    Perfume – “Magic of Love”

    A love song that you’ll want to sing along to with your friends over and over.

     

    fripSide – “sister’s noise”

    The speed of this up-tempo track makes it perfect for driving.

     

    RADWIMPS – “Zenzenzense”

    The main theme song for the 2016 hit anime film Your Name. The up-tempo melody will make you feel uplifted driving too.

     

    Gen Hoshino – “Koi”

    A song for the lovers, and one that makes you feel free while driving.

     

    DAOKO – “Kaeritai!”

    The song title literally translates to “I want to go home!”, making it the anthem for all people who are eager to get back home. 

     

    What did you think of this week’s playlist? Stay tuned for a brand new playlist every week.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Autumn Vibes – 2020 Edition

    07.September.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

    Japanese Autumn Vibes – 2020 Edition

    Autumn is right around the corner, so let’s ‘fall’ into the mood with some seasonal tracks from Japan.

     

    YOSHIKI feat. HYDE – “Red Swan”

    This song became a hit back in 2018 as the opening theme for season 3 of the anime series Attack on Titan. It’s the kind of song you want to listen to while watching the beautiful autumn sunset sinking into the horizon.

     

    Sukima Switch – “Kanade”

    This song isn’t directly touching on the season of autumn, but the lyrics talk of a breakup between a couple, and it’s that melancholy that makes this a perfect autumn track.

     

    SCANDAL – “Tsuki”

    A relaxing song with a steady beat is the perfect way to wind down from the excitement of summer. Japan celebrates Tsukimi during autumn. Tsukimi literally means “moon-viewing” and is a celebration to honour the autumn moon. As the song’s title translates to “moon”, this is the perfect song to get in the mood.

     

    Aimer – “Stars in the rain” (Produced by Taka from ONE OK ROCK)

    Aimer’s soothing voice is just what you want to hear on a cool autumn evening. The song was composed and produced by Taka from ONE OK ROCK.

     

    Taichi Mukai – “Michi”

    The second ending theme song for the anime Run with the Wind. The beautiful piano melodies will be stuck in your head on repeat. 

     

    Galileo Galilei – “ARASHI NO ATO DE”

    The main theme song of the animated film Typhoon Noruda. Japan sees a large number of typhoons during autumn. The title of this song translates to “after the storm” and is the perfect tune to relax to when stuck indoors waiting for a typhoon to pass.

     

    PornoGraffiti – “Saudade”

    The title of this song is a Portuguese expression used to convey an intense longing for someone or something, which has led it to become a song associated with autumn.

     

    RADWIMPS – “September-san”

    This song imagines an ordinary day in September, the month when autumn begins, and your feelings at the approaching autumn following the height of summer.

     

    Sakura Fujiwara – “Soup”

    When autumn rolls around, the temperature drops and the days get shorter. It can get a little lonely and a little melancholic at times. This is the perfect feel-good song to listen to to cheer up and warm up, a song that uses hot ‘soup’ as a metaphor for love.

     

    Official Hige Dandism – “Stand By You” 

    The official music video acoustic version of Stand By You was recorded in a church and in just one take. The gospel vocal arrangement is also worthy of note.

     

    aiko -“Eriashi”

    A heart-breaking song full of emotions. aiko’s tender voice and the gentle melody carry feelings of loneliness.

     

    back number – “Happy End”

    A song about breaking up with the one you love. The song depicts an admirable girl who hides her sadness away and faces up to reality with a smile on her face. The heartbreaking feeling will touch your heart.

     

    What did you think of this week’s playlist? Stick around as we’ll be releasing a new playlist every week.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Best Japanese Music Playlist For Jogging

    31.August.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

    Best Japanese Music Playlist For Jogging

    With all of us spending more time at home, it’s easy to become stiff from sitting down a lot, so it’s important to move our bodies as much as possible, and what better way to do so than getting a jog or run into our routines? Even better when you’ve got a great playlist to get you going, so here it is!

     

    BAND-MAID – “DOMINATION”

    Released in 2018, this hard-core rock song debuted at number nine on Japan’s Oricon weekly albums chart.

     

    TK from Ling tosite sigure – “P.S. Red I”

    Written as the theme song for the Japanese dubbed version of the animated movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the weaving guitar rhythms and throbbing beat of the drums will give you an adrenaline rush.

     

    MAN WITH A MISSION – “Dog Days”

    The strong bassline and solid drums will ignite the fire in your heart as you get ready to feel the burn.

     

    DISH// – “I Can Hear”

    This upbeat tune is packed with boundless energy.

     

    Momoiro Clover Z – Hashire!

    “Hashire!” known in English as “Run!” is a bubbly song that will fill you with excitement as you head out for your morning jog.

     

    Perfume – “Chocolate Disco”

    This is one of Perfume’s classic songs. You won’t be able to resist singing and dancing along.

     

    KANA-BOON – “Full Drive”

    If you are in need of something to get you up and running, it has to be one of KANA-BOON’s classic rock songs.

     

    livetune feat. Hatsune Miku – “Hand in Hand”

    Written by kz (livetune), this cheerful song will have you bouncing with energy in no time.

     

    UVERworld – “CORE PRIDE”

    UVERworld has a great sound, tempo, and rhythm for running to.

     

    Official HIGE DANdism – “Pretender”

    When you’re running, there’s nothing better than listening to songs with a tempo that matches your pace, but songs that make us feel good are unbeatable too, even if they’re on the slower side!

     

    m-flow – “come again”

    This is a really carefree song that’s perfect for just zoning out to when running.

     

    chay – “Ato Mou Sukoshi”

    This song is perfect for lifting you up when jogging with its repeated line ‘ato mou sukoshi’ in Japanese which means ‘Just a little more.’ Just keep going a little further and you’ll reach your goal.

     

    Linked Horizon – “Guren no Yamiya”

    This song is known the world over as the first opening theme for the anime series ‘Attack on Titan.’ The fast-paced lyrics imagine you as an arrow gliding through the air at a powerful enemy. Use that metaphor to your advantage as you sprint towards your finish line.

     

    MAXIMUM THE HORMONE – “Zetsubou Billy”

    Anyone who has seen the anime series ‘Death Note’ will know this track as the second ending theme. The aggressive, fast-paced sound makes you want to start sprinting.

     

    Kenshi Yonezu – “Peace Sign

    The upbeat sound of this song along with its lyrics, which uplift you to want to dash towards your goals, give you the motivation to keep on running.

     

    What did you think of this week’s picks? Stay tuned as we’ll be releasing a new playlist every week.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Songs To Cheer You Up When You’re Down

    24.August.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

    Japanese Songs To Cheer You Up When You’re Down

    We all have down days, whether it’s the result of a difficult day at school or work, or something didn’t go how you wanted it to go, or you’re generally just feeling down. Music can help us get through these times, so here’s a playlist of fun, energetic Japanese tunes to get you through the day.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “Kimini 100 Percent”

    Kimi ni 100 Percent was used as the fifteenth opening theme song for the anime Crayon Shin-chan. This song is sure to provide you with the encouragement you need during those tough times.

     

    FLOW – “GO!!!”

    Known as the anthem of everyone’s childhood, this nostalgic song will have you surging with power.

     

    KANA-BOON – “Silhouette”

    The 16th opening of Naruto Shippuuden. This is the voice you need to get you up and running with enough energy to let out a battle cry and plough through your workload.

     

    LiSA – “Rising Hope”

    Used as the first opening theme for the anime series The Irregular at Magic High School. The lyrics have the power to cheer you up and make you stand up again.

     

    Snail’s House – “Snailchan Adventure”

    Stuck in a miserable place? Plunge into a retro game land and embark on a fun adventure with your cute snail friend.

     

    DEMPAGUMI.INC – “Sakura Apparition”

    This song is bursting with energy and colour. The girls will have you dancing along in no time.

     

    WORLD ORDER – “HAVE A NICE DAY”

    Our favourite synchronised dancers are out on the streets spreading happiness again.

     

    WASUTA – Sunday! Sunshine!

    This song will bring the warm sunshine and beach vibes right to your door.

    Hinatazaka46 – “Do Re Mi So Ra Shi Do”

    Beaming from cheek to cheek, seeing the girls’ smiling faces will be enough to put one on yours. The official video was unveiled on YouTube last year and has since amassed over 21 million views.

     

    WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA – “Aladdin”

    Band vocalist KOM_I’s energy is infectious, both in the music and the music video. She never fails to make you want to get up and dance.

     

    Little Glee Monster – “Dakara Hitorijyanai”

    This happy, upbeat song was written as the second ending theme for the popular anime series My Hero Academia. The music video became super popular as it was shot at Universal Studios Japan. Seeing the girls dance around happy is sure to put a smile on your face.

     

    Sukima Switch – “Zenryoku Shonen”

    Zenryoku Shonen was originally released in 2005, but was remastered and used as the ending theme for the Japanese dub of Pixar’s latest animated film Onward. Band vocalist and guitarist Takuya Ohashi said of the song, “We wrote this as a song to cheer ourselves on when we were in our 20’s back then.” Shintaro Tokita, the keyboardist of the band, explains, “We wrote the song about using your strength to taking the first step.”

     

    ONE OK ROCK – “Kanzen Kankaku Dreamer”

    ONE OK ROCK’s hit song that never fails to get you pumped. They released a parody version back in May along with a music video shot at each members’ houses to promote staying at home and staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

     

    WANIMA – “Tomo ni”

    When you read a lot of the Japanese comments on the official music video on YouTube, this song seems to be saving a lot of people. Just hearing it and seeing the band members’ smiles is enough to brighten your mood.

     

    So, what do you think of this week’s playlist? We’ll be back next week with even more J-music so stay tuned!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Relaxing Japanese Vibes For The Evening

    17.August.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and every week, we plan to post a new playlist with a different theme, focusing on music from Japan. If you love J-music, or are new to J-music, be sure to give us a follow.

     

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    Relaxing Japanese Vibes For The Evening

    It’s not always easy finding time to wind down and relax, but in those evenings where we do finally get a moment to ourselves, it’s nice to put some chill tunes on in the background. This is your next relaxing evening playlist.

     

    Sakanaction – “Endless”

    The light beat of the drums and plucked strings will fill you with evening vibes in no time. The gentle flickering of the music video is whimsical yet relaxing.

     

    iri – “Aitaiwa”

    A gentle song with bittersweet lyrics is the perfect way to get into the evening mood. This song is about wanting to meet someone you love again.

     

    Galileo Galilei – “Cobalt Blue”

    Galileo’s light electronic melodies and vocal harmonies blend together in perfect harmony like relaxing waves. This song will fill you with relaxing and cool evening vibes.

     

    DAOKO – “Yume Miteta no Atashi”

    Listening to DAOKO’s whispery voice is sure to make you feel relaxed in no time.

     

    Aimer – “AM04:00”

    A slightly upbeat song that everyone can relate to – having too much on your mind but still trying to get some sleep.

     

    Masaki Suda, Huwie Ishizaki – “Ito”

    The relaxing strings and piano melodies of this song will help you wind down after a hard day of work.

     

    TEE – “5 Nen Go No I Love You”

    A beautiful love song laced with relaxing guitar melodies and a slow beat.

     

    YeYe – “Unzari Desu Yo”

    Featured on YeYe’s 4th album MOTTAINAI, this song has a lot of different emotions in it, all of which swirl gently in and out of the music.

     

    Ichiko Aoba – “Uta no Kehai”

    Ichiko Aoba is a 20-year-old musician who, according to her, strives to create work not tied down by genre. She toured Europe twice in May and December last year in 6 cities including Iceland.

     

    Mamerico – “oyasumi”

    Mamerico is a music duo formed of composer, guitarist and singer maya and lyricist, designer, and producer kazuma yano. They are known for being a “super sleepy, dozing” sounding band, and they certainly live up to that in this song too. Don’t you feel like drifting off into the land of nod already?

     

    ROTH BART BARON – “ALUMINIUM”

    ROTH BART BARON is a music duo who formed in 2008. No matter what anyone says, their vocals are beautiful enough to make you tear up.

     

    Miyako Hasegawa – “Umi Sora Sora”

    Miyako Hasegawa is a singer-songwriter who made her debut with the single Milk on September 22, 2020. Umi Sora Sora is included on her 2009 album Yoru. Her relaxing voice is the kind of thing you want to hear in the quiet evenings.

     

    Ginga Soup – “Tide and school uniform”

    Though the acoustic guitar is comparably faster in this song to some of the others, when you close your eyes and listen to it, the world around you disappears and you’re transported to another.

     

    Yuichi Ohata – “Hikari o Egaku Hito”

    This song consists of just an acoustic guitar, strings, and Yuichi Ohata’s voice. It has a melancholic sound but is calming. We also chose this song as Ohata is probably a Japanese artist not known to many outside of Japan, so we wanted to introduce you to him.

     

    Okada Takuro – “Morning Sun”

    The title track of Okada Takuro’s latest album Morning Sun which was released on June 10 this year. Since the singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer made his solo debut in 2017, he has released two albums. Just hearing his quiet voice, which is just one level up from whispering, is nothing short of relaxing.

     

    There you have a list of Japanese songs that are perfect for a relaxing evening. If you enjoyed this week’s songs, stay tuned as we’ll be delivering you a new playlist every week!

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