MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: J-Pop Songs For The Start Of Summer | May 2020 #2

25.May.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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 J-Pop Songs For The Start Of Summer

 

Nogizaka46 – Toki Toki Meki Meki


The kind of super cute and energetic idol song you want to listen to at the start of summer!

 

Kobukuro – Summer rain

Kobukuro is a music duo which never fails to disappoint when it comes to charming vocals and beautiful guitar melodies.

 

Natsume Mito – Odekake Summer

A feel-good track with an addictive melody that reminds you of summer.

 

 Leo Ieiri – Kimi ga Kureta Natsu


A sad love song that was used as the main theme song for the Japanese drama series Koinaka.

 

SiD – Natsu Koi

A groovy love song that’s also SID’s classic summertime track.

 

Aimer – Ref:rain

This song is known for being used as the ending theme for the anime series After the Rain.

 

RIP SLIME – Rakuen Baby

Rakuen Baby is one of those songs everyone plays when summer arrives. The catchy hook will have you singing along in no time.

 

DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu – Uchiage Hanabi

This is the theme song for the movie Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? This song compares the feeling of not wanting to let go with the image of fireworks soaring away out of reach in the evening sky.

 

LiSA – Datte Atashi no Hero.

This rock song is the ending theme song for the popular anime My Hero Academia and is overflowing with vibrant summer energy.

 

Vickeblanka – Natsu no Yume

This urban and mellow track is a story about one summer where a hesitant man has feelings for a free-spirited woman.

 

YUI – Summer Song

From the gentle breeze of the beach to laughter and good memories, YUI’s Summer Song represents the excitement we feel as summer peaks round the corner and we get ready for another summer of fun.

 

Ai Otsuka – Kingyo Hanabi

Going to a fireworks festival with your lover is a key ingredient to enjoying a Japanese summer. In this song, Ai Otsuka compares her emotions to “goldfish fireworks” which illuminate the face of her lover for a split second and fade away gracefully.

 

Dempagumi.inc – Otsukare Summer

Dempagumi gets the summer vibes flowing with Otsukare Summer. The song reflects the excitement of leaving behind those stressful exams and busy days to celebrate freedom that summer brings us.

 

GReeeeN – Kiseki

This love song is accompanied by a baseball-themed music video – a Japanese summer sport bound to get you excited for summer.

 

w-inds. – Backstage


This tropical song and video will fill you with refreshing beach vibes and is perfect to listen to while basking in the sun.

 

As summer is just round the corner, this playlist is the perfect way to get refreshed with Japanese summer vibes. We will be releasing a new playlist every week so stay tuned!

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  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Magical Girl Anime Theme Songs to Transform Your Time At Home

    06.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / 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.

     

    In these turbulent times, we could all do with a little something to uplift us. So why not become magical girls for a bit? Here’s a selection of magical girl anime theme songs to give you that happy energy and feel-good vibes to push through.

     

    Magical Girl Anime Theme Songs to Transform Your Time At Home

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    Nana Mizuki – “Secret Ambition”

    Nana Mizuki’s 15th single, this song was used as the first opening theme for the anime series Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS in 2007.

     

    LiSA – “Träumerei”

    Used as the opening theme for the 2013 anime series Day Break Illusion, the song features on LiSA’s second studio album LANDSPACE which was also released in 2013.

     

    Choucho – “starlog” 

    Featured as the opening theme for the 2013 anime series Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya.

     

    GARNiDELiA – “ambiguous”

    GARNiDELiA made their major debut with ambiguous which placed No. 1 on the iTunes Store in Japan when it was released. It was used as the second opening theme for the anime series Kill la Kill.

     

    Maaya Sakamoto – “CLEAR”

    This song was used as the opening theme for the 2018 anime series Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card.

     

    Aya Ikeda – “Let’s go! Smile PreCure!”

    This track featured as the opening theme for the 2012 anime series Smile PreCure!.

     

    Momoiro Clover Z – “MOON PRIDE”

    The song featured as the opening theme for the 2014 anime series Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, which was produced in commemoration of the original series’ 20th anniversary. The series was released as a reboot rather than a remake of the original 1992-97 anime.

     

    gumi – “Catch You Catch Me”

    Released in 1998, this is the first opening theme song to the popular anime Cardcaptor Sakura.

     

    ClariS – “Connect”

    This song was used as the opening theme to the anime Magical Girl Madoka Magica.

     

    Sanshu Middle School Hero Club – “Hoshi to Hana”

    The opening theme to Yuki Yuna Is a Hero. This was performed by Sanshu Middle School Hero Club (Sanshu Chugaku Yushabu), who take their name from the school that Yuki Yuna attends in the anime.

     

    MANDY B. BLUE – “Moonlight Densetsu”

    “Moonlight Densetsu” became famous as the opening to Sailor Moon. The original song was released in 1992 by idol duo DALI.

     

    Rika Komatsu – “my sweet heart”

    An adorable song by Rika Komatsu. This is the opening theme song to the anime Tokyo Mew Mew.

     

     Kalafina – “Magia”

    Known as the ending to the anime Magical Girl Madoka Magica, this is the 9th single of Japanese girl group Kalafina. It peaked at no.7 on the Oricon Weekly Singles charts.

     

    Akaneya Himika, Wakai Yuuki and Kubota Miyu – “Ojamajo Carnival!!”

    This is the first opening to the anime Magical DoReMi. It was originally performed by music group MAHO-Dou.

     

    Did you enjoy our playlist? Stick around as we’ll be creating a new playlist on Spotify every week!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Music Vibes for The Perfect Picnic | June 2020 #3

    29.June.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 Music Vibes for The Perfect Picnic

    It’s the season to enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors with your friends. If you’ve been appointed as the group picnic planner and are worried about setting the atmosphere, we’ve got you covered. This week’s playlist contains 15 Japanese songs that are perfect for setting the outdoors picnic mood.

     

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    Sakura Fujiwara – Soup

    In the official music video, Sakura Fujiwara can be seen making her “soup of love”.

     

    RADWIMPS – me me she

    RADWIMPS’ relaxing guitar melodies and soft harmonies are perfect for an outdoor picnic.

     

    YUI – TOKYO

    This song tells Yui’s emotional story of leaving her home and friends to pursue a career in Tokyo.

     

    Ichiko Aoba – Ikinokori Bokura

    If you love the sound of acoustic guitar then make sure to check out Ichiko Aoba. You’ll be humming along to Ikinokori Bokura in no time.

     

    Yumi Arai – Yasashisa Ni Tsutsumareta Nara

    Also known as the outro song for the famous Studio Ghibli film Kiki’s Delivery Service, the song title translates to “If I’ve Been Enveloped by Tenderness” .

     

    Yorushika – Hana ni Bourei

    This is the ending theme song for the animated movie A Whisker Away which premiered on Netflix earlier this month.

     

    moumoon – Midori no Michi

    Another heart-warming guitar song perfect to set the atmosphere for an outdoor picnic.

     

    Kana Nishino – Darling

    As Kana Nishino sings about love, the official video shows her phone going on a date with her lipstick!

     

    DAOKO – Ocharaketayo

    DAOKO’s cute, whispery voice is sure to set the mood for an evening picnic.

     

    Tomoyo Harada – Romance

    A super cute and feel-good song with a sound that makes you want to listen to it in the sun. The perfect picnic tune.

     

    DREAMS COME TRUE – Haretara Iine

    This track is popular for its uplifting melody, and the heartwarming lyrics are nothing short of adorable.

    Qurili – Highway

    The gentle flow of this song’s melody is enough for it to get stuck in your head. The song also features on the soundtrack of the 2003 Japanese film Josee, the Tiger and the Fish.

     

    Ayano Tsuji – Kaze ni Naru

    If we’re talking main theme songs from Studio Ghibli films, then this one from The Cat Returns is one known to everyone. It has a happy melody but a sense of sadness can be found within the lyrics.

     

    Mrs. GREEN APPLE – Ao to Natsu

    This kind of fast-paced and refreshing sound is the kind you imagine from a Japanese song about summer. It was written for the 2018 film Ao-Natsu: Kimi ni Koi Shita 30-Nichi.

     

    miwa – Miracle

    Summer is here, so what better way to enjoy a picnic than with a summertime tune? This song has a samba rhythm to it.

    Did you enjoy our picnic tunes? We’ll be posting a new playlist every week, so be sure to follow us on Spotify.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Songs to Enjoy While It’s Raining | June 2020 #2

    15.June.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 Enjoy While It’s Raining

    Japan is currently in the rainy season, which is called Tsuyu in Japanese, a period when the country experiences wet weather throughout June and July. Keeping in line with the season, here’s a list of rain-inspired Japanese songs and songs to enjoy during the rain.

     

    ONE OK ROCK – “Wasted Nights”

    Featured as the main theme for the Japanese film Kingdom. The music video sees the band plunged into a rainy thunderstorm.

    LiSA – “Ameagari no Sora to Kimi”

    After you finish listening to this ballad, you feel bright and elevated.

     

    Aimer – “I beg you”

    Taken from Aimer’s rain-themed album Penny Rain.

     

    Atarashii Gakkou no Leaders – “Dokuka”

    A piano rock tune, this song was used as the main theme for a Japanese drama series. The music video was also shot during a downpour.

     

    RADWIMPS – “Amaotoko”

    These soothing guitar melodies are the perfect accompaniment to the sound of rain on your window. The lyrics are also in English!

     

    SEKAI NO OWARI – “RAIN”

    If you’re looking for something emotional, SEKAI NO OWARI’s major single RAIN is just what you need.

     

    Tia – “Nirvana”

    Nirvana was composed by ryo from supercell and is the ending theme for Noragami Aragoto. Tia’s kawaii voice will fill you with warmth and comfort.

     

    King Gnu – “Kasa”

    If you’re looking for something more upbeat to listen to, rock band King Gnu’s Umbrella got you covered.

     

    Hikaru Utada – “Manatsu no Tōriame”

    This is the first song Hikaru Utada wrote after the passing of her mother. It was recorded in 2016 and was mixed by Steve Fitzmaurice who has mixed and produced for artists such as Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue, Olly Murs, and many others. Its melancholic piano sound makes it the kind of song you want to listen to when it’s raining.

     

    Leo Ieiri – “Silly”

    This song has sad lyrics and was used for a Japanese television drama series. Be sure to check out the music video too where you see Leo Ieiri singing her heart out as the rain falls.

     

    tofubeats – “RIVER”

    This ballad has that warm and comforting piano sound you want to hear on a rainy day which is coupled with auto-tuned vocals, making for a fitting match.

     

    Suchmos – “Ame”

    A cover of PETROLZ’s song of the same name, this track has a smooth melody and a nice-sounding arrangement.

     

    Indigo la End – “Kokoro Ame”

    Featured on Indigo la End’s 2016 album Aiiro Music, the song was their first tie-up record, being used in a commercial for the Japanese mobile game AFTERLOST.

     

    SID – “Rain”

    This song has a relaxed atmosphere to it. It’s famous for being the fifth opening theme and sixth ending theme for the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

     

    When it’s pouring outside, how about relaxing with a nice cup of hot chocolate and some heartwarming Japanese tunes? Make sure to stay tuned for next week’s playlist.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Idol Groups You Should Be Listening To | June 2020 #1

    08.June.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 Idol Groups You Should Be Listening To

    This week, we’re bringing you a compilation of songs from must-listen-to Japanese idol groups. If you’re new to idol music from Japan, then think of this as your Idol 101. You can access the playlist here.

     

    Momoiro Clozer Z – “Hashire”

    A pure song about love with vocals from Momokuro (short for Momoiro Clover Z!) which are sure to brighten your mood!

     

    AKB48 – “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”

    This was a defining track of 2013 that sings of wanting to be noticed by the person you love. The dance choreography is iconic too.

     

    BiS – “nerve”

    If we’re talking about idol songs that go down hard live, then this is the one! The music video was directed by NIGO and featured on VICE Japan.

     

    Dempagumi.Inc – “Denden Passion”

    An all-out riot of a tune which conveys the idea that you must be silly to not have anything fun to enjoy.

     

    CY8ER – “HANNARI”

    A super cute-sounding song originally by the idol duo BPM15Q that was re-recorded after they disbanded for their new group CY8ER.

     

    BAND JA NAIMON! – “Kimemaster!”

    The first single of BAND JA NAIMON!’s second major debut and one of their most popular.

     

    BiSH – “Orchestra”

    BiSH are often referred to in Japan as “The punk band without instruments.” While they certainly have some heavier sounding idol tracks, this one is a beautiful fusion of band sound with orchestra.

     

    YOU’LL MELT MORE – “Nigenai!!”

    A fresh sounding rock tune with electro bass. This track is featured on their 2017 record YOUTOPIA.

     

    Maison book girl – “Kujira Koujou”

    The way the sounds are arranged in this track are novel for an idol track to say the least. The song featured on their SOUP single which was released on April 3, 2019.

     

    Nogizaka46 – “I see…”

    You won’t get the melody of this funky tune out of your head the moment you hear it.

     

    Tokyo Girls’ Style – “Mille-feuille”

    The song’s title is based on the French pastry “Mille-feuille.” It has a future bass sound, and the dance choreography is captivating too so be sure to check out the music video.

     

    BABYRAIDS JAPAN – “Koyomi no Uedeha December”

    This song was released by the former Japanese idol group BABYRAIDS JAPAN, was used as the insert song for the NHK TV drama series Amachan.

     

    The World Standard – “Dogs & Cats, In the Bloom of Youth”

    You just have to hear WASUTA’s adorable cat and dog-themed song. The catchy hook will have you singing along in no time.

     

    Keyakizaka46 – “Silent Majority”

    Breaking the trend of lighthearted cute idol songs, Keyakizaka46’s debut song is a deep and meaningful song about society.

     

    SKE48 – “Sou iu toko aru yo ne?”

    The choreography for the music video was managed by TOMO, U-YEAH, KENZO and DAICHI from DA PUMP. SKE48’s dancing skills will fill you with energy.

     

    We hope you enjoyed this week’s playlist. Please join us again next week to discover more Japanese music.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Spring 2020 Anime Opening & Ending Themes | May 2020 #1

    11.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / MUSIC

    The spring anime season is well underway. What series is everyone watching? Do you have a favourite yet, or are there any still on your to-watch list? The one’s I’m thinking of checking out are season two of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War and the continuation of Black Clover!

     

    For this edition of MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST, the MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON team have made a compilation of opening and ending themes for the April season of anime theme songs. And if you want to know anymore about each song in particular, we’ve included links to articles where we covered their releases. We hope you enjoy!

     

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    Kaguya-sama: Love Is War

    Opening: Masayuki Suzuki – “DADDY ! DADDY ! DO ! feat. Airi Suzuki”

    Masayuki Suzuki has returned to sing the opening theme song for the second season of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Suzuki describes it as a song to sing and dance with your friends to, and one about enjoying love games.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/311806

     

    Ending: Haruka Fukuhara – “Kaze ni Fukarete”

    Haruka Fukuhara, who also performed Boruto: Naruto Next Generations‘s 10th ending theme Mikansei na Hikaritachi, joins the new season of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Check out the promotional video which features the track together with scenes from the anime series itself.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/315553

     

    Shironeko Project ZERO CHRONICLE

    Opening: Takanori Nishikawa + ASCA – “Tenbin -Libra-“

    Takanori Nishikawa and ASCA collaborate for the first time ever on this opening theme. It features powerful vocals and captures the anime’s protagonist Iris and the Black Prince of Darkness.

     

    Ending: Rei Yasuda – “through the dark”

    Rei Yasuda performed the ending theme Kimi no Uta for the anime series Natusme’s Book of Friends which was super popular. Limited Pressing Edition copies of this track, through the dark, feature a CD cover with an original and exclusive anime illustration.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312165

     

    Plunderer

    Opening: Miku Ito – “Kokou no Hikari Lonely dark”

    The full version of the music video, as well as the making-of, will be included with the DVD version of Miku Ito’s upcoming 7th single, set to release on May 27, 2020.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312576

     

    Ending: Hina (Voiced by Rina Honnizumi) – “Countless days”

    This song is performed by the main heroine, Hina, who  lends her kind and gentle voice and motherly intentions to the track.

     

    Fruits Basket 2nd Season

    Opening: AmPm – “Prism feat. Miyuna”

    An official lyric video was released featuring a compilation of scenes from the series. This is the first song with full Japanese lyrics to be composed by AmPm, the masked duo, and invites up-and-coming singer Miyuna on board with her warm vocals.

     

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/312615

     

    Ending: THE CHARM PARK – “ad meliora”

    The song has a gentle melody and vocals, something which THE CHARM PARK is known for, and is sung entirely in Japanese. It’s becoming a hit right now for its content which promotes the world of Fruits Basket‘s second season.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/313509

     

    Kingdom

    Opening: BiSH – “TOMORROW”

    BiSH are the Japanese punk band with no instruments, and you can hear their opening theme for Kingdom in the official promotional trailer above. The song paints a picture of the anime’s story.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/306724

    Ending: waterweed – “Deep inside”
    This is waterweed’s first tie-up with an anime series. Listen to that voice!

     

    Major 2nd

    Opening: Leo Ieiri – “Answer”

    Answer, which was written for Major 2nd, is an uptempo song that serves to inspire those who listen to it.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/315632

     

    Ending: SHE’S – “One”

    4-piece rock bannd SHE’S wrote this track for Major 2nd and lifts up the story of Daigo and the rest of the characters.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/303033

     

    Blade of the Immortal: Immortal

    Opening – Kiyoharu – “SURVIVE OF VISION”

    Written specifically for the anime series, be sure to check out both the music video and the anime’s promotional videoーthe latter of which interweaves scenes of the series against the track.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/254302

     

    Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition

    Opening: flumpool – “Chiisana Hibi”

    The theme of the song centres on the little moments of happiness we experience in everyday life, as described by flumpool vocalist Ryuta Yamamura. It perfectly matches the anime’s opening video.

    More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/310760

     

    Ending: Eiichi Ohtaki – “Kimi wa Tenneniro (Kakushigoto Ver.)”

    Originally released in 1981, Kimi wa Tenneniro is a famous song by Eiichi Ohtaki which features on his newest album which hit shelves on March 21, 2020.

  • 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.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Discover Music From Japan | April 2020 #3

    20.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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    Discover Music From Japan

    Our theme this week is “Discover Music From Japan #1.” With lockdowns in place around the world, there’s no better time to discover new music. We’ve put together an assorted mix of 15 artists from Japan you may or may not know, but you’ll definitely want to follow up on after listening.

     

    Listen Here: Discover Music From Japan #1

     

    tricot – POOL

    The lead track from their first full-length album THE. With its polished, catchy sound, this is one to lift your spirits.

     

    Boku no Lyric no Boyomi – sub/objective

    ‘Subjectivity’ and ‘objectivity’ are the themes of this song. Boku no Lyric no Boyomi wrote this track when he was just 15-years-old.

     

    MONDO GROSSO – Labyrinth

    This popular track has lyrics written by Atsushi Yanaka of Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra and vocals from Hikari Mitsushima. Its intoxicating, swaying sound and Mitsushima’s liberating vocals pull you further and further into the labyrinth that is this song.

     

    N’Shukugawa BOYS – Planet Magic

    The lead track from their debut album PLANET MAGIC. The music video was directed by Kazuaki Seki who has worked with Perfume on many of their CD covers.

     

    TOKYO GEGEGAY – SAYONARA DARLIN’

    TOKYO GEGEGAY is a five-member group made up of leader MIKEY, BOW, MARIE, MIKU, and YUYU. Known for their expressive choreography and downright addictive discography, this song shows the group at their perfection.

     

    Gesu no Kiwami Otome – Watashi Igai Watashi ja Nai no

    This is one of those catchy songs that gets stuck in your head upon the first listen. This track really highlights the musical abilities of each of the band’s members, with every instrument audibleーwhile still woven together effortlessly.

     

    sukekiyo – Kisses

    sukekiyo is spearheaded by Kyo, the vocalist of DIR EN GREY. Released on their INFINITUM album in 2019, Kisses is a great entry point into the dark, beautiful, and complex world of sukekiyo.

     

    Soutaiseiriron – Sawayaka Kaishain

    Taken from Soutaiseiriron’s second album Hi-Fi Anatomia. Like with sukekiyo and Kisses, Sawayaka Kaishain is a doorway to Soutaiseiriron’s unique sound.

     

    Official HIGE DANdism – Pretender

    This might have just been the most heard song in Japan in the second half of 2019. The melody and pop sound of the piano is one that won’t escape your ears anytime soon. The more you listen to it, the more a sense of comfort blankets over you.

     

    Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra – Good Morning~Blue Daisy feat. aiko

    This special song is included on the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra’s greatest hits album which celebrates 30 years of the internationally-active band.

     

    King Gnu – Hakujitsu

    King Gnu wrotes Hakujitsu as their first ever theme song for a Japanese drama series. The song aligns with the drama protagonist’s wish to look to the future and walk forward.

     

    clammbon – Lush Life

    A song that’s sure to lift you up with its repeating phrases. The video was directed and animated by “sankaku.”

     

    Passepied – Saishu Densha

    A pop song taken from Passepied’s second album 2nd album ONOMIMONO in about a guy about to board the last train and the girl he sees off.

     

    Masaki Suda – Machigai Sagashi


    Masaki Suda has garnered overwhelming attention not just as an actor but as a music artist too. This song was written, composed, and produced by Kenshi Yonezu.

     

    Sakanaction – Shin Takarajima

    The main theme for the film Bakuman. Ichiro Yamaguchi, the vocalist for Sakancation, researched a number of manga series for the music. It’s a famous song with which Sakanaction wanted to explore new grounds as a band.

     

    Did you enjoy our picks for this week’s Discover Music From Japan #1? We’ll be posting a new playlist every week, so be sure to follow us on Spotify.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Female Artists You Should Be Listening To | April 2020 #2

    13.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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    Japanese Female Artists You Should Be Listening To

    Our list this week focuses on strong Japanese female artists, many of whom are active not only in Japan but overseas too. We’ve no doubt you’ll discover someone you’ll love.

     

    Listen Here: Japanese Female Artists You Should Be Listening To

     

    GARNiDELiA – Gokuraku Jodo

    Gokuraku Jodo is the most viewed video in GARNiDELiA’s series of dance videos for their music on YouTube. It has over 60 million views and has been a huge hit across Asia. We felt the music and the video expresses Japanese culture, so we included it on the list.

     

    We also interviewed GARNiDELiA here: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/196951

     

    WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA – Melos

    WEDNESDAY CAMPANELLA is known for theming their music around a particular historical figure or story and putting their own unique sound and spin on it. Melos is based on the short story Run, Melos! from 1940 by Osamu Dazai, one of the most famous Japanese writers of the 20th century. The song’s grand music video is a sight to behold, filmed entirely in Mongolia.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “Cherry Bon Bon”

    Taken from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s mini album Moshi Moshi Harajuku, the track Cherry Bon Bon is classic and popular hit amongst fans from Kyary’s early days. KPP often performs it live. It’s one of those addictive tunes you find yourself humming along to before you realise it!

     

    DAOKO – “Yume Miteta no Atashi”

    Both Yume Miteta no Atashi and another song entitled Samishii Kami-sama were featured in an animated music video entitled GIRL, which is considered a sequel or part of the universe for the famous animated music video ME!ME!ME which was a huge hit in the West and also features singing by DAOKO. The Yume Miteta no Atashi part of this music video isn’t featured on YouTube however, but the Samishii Kama-sama section is, so you can check that out above too.

     

    Mizuki Nana – Shin’ai

    Shin’ai was used as the opening theme for the anime adaptation of the visual novel White Album. Mizuki Nana pours out all of her emotions in this songーher voice slowly soaks into the depths of your soul.

     

    Perfume – “FLASH”

    What has gone on to become a song synonymous with one of Japan’s most famous J-pop groups, FLASH was used as the main theme for the first two parts of the Chihayafuru film trilogy. Perfume’s dance choreography in the music video sees them pull out their kung fu skills.

     

    Aimyon – “Marigold”

    Aimyon is making her huge break in Japan right now, and that in part can be credited to this very song Marigold. It hails as the first song by a Japanese artist to be streamed over 100 million times, and the music video has nearly 170 million views, making it one of Aimyon’s hit tracks.

     

    Superfly – “Ai o Komete Hanataba o”

    Though it was released back in 2008, this love song by Superfly is still the go-to at many weddings in Japan. Shiho Ochi’s powerful vocals really shine through on this one.

     

    LiSA – “crossing field”

    If you were to make a playlist of the most well-known anime themes, this one would absolutely be on thereーthe first opening theme for the internationally loved anime series Sword Art Online. Though it’s a song about fighting, something echoed in the music’s full-on sound, it’s also about trusting your comrades.

     

    Hikaru Utada – “Hikari”

    The song that started it all. This track is known to every Kingdom Hearts fan out there. It’s the Japanese version of the theme song for the very first game which launched first in Japan back in 2002. The English version is Simple & Clean. Both versions of the songs were also officially remixed and released digitally 15 years later as Ray of Hope Mix. The original track reached No. 1 in nine countries when it was released, including Japan.

     

    Sakura Fujiwara – “Kawaii”

    Sakura Fujiwara sing of love’s embrace from the perspective of a pure girl in her teens. The fun music video sees a tiny Sakura climbing up to see a giant version of the guy she likesーhis enormity a representation of how big love can feel.

     

    Charisma.com – “#hashdark”

    This catchy and infectious song is about how we use hashtags on social media. The music video sees the duo travelling to hot spots around Tokyo which are always seen posted on social media along with hashtags.

     

    Minami – “Lilac”

    The straightforward lyrics of this song are enough to make one’s heart tremble as they centre on how it can be difficult to express your feelings to those close to your heart, and how hard life can be.

     

    Aimer – “Chouchou Musubi”

    Produced by Yojiro Noda of RADWIMPS, Aimer’s ballad Chouchou Musubi interlaces moving lyrics with heart throbbing music. Noda himself also features in the chorus.

     

    ReoNa – “forget-me-not”

    Another Sword Art Online makes it on the list, and this time it’s the second ending theme for Sword Art Online: Alicization. The song has a sound that almost brings back a sense of nostalgia. It’s an uptempo and feelsy number that conveys the world of the anime series.

     

    Did you enjoy our picks for this week’s Japanese Female Artists You Should Be Listening To? Our next playlist will be centred on the top theme songs picks for the new spring season of anime. We’ll be posting a new playlist every week, so be sure to follow us on Spotify.

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Spring Vibes | April 2020 #1

    06.April.2020 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON is now on Spotify, and we recently posted a playlist. Each 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 here!

     

    Our theme this week is “Japanese Spring Vibes.” Spring is the season where the sunlight embraces us with its warmth, and the cherry blossoms begin their beautiful bloom. Its a time when the comforting cool breeze makes us stand tall, and a time that leads us to new discoveries.

     

    We have selected 15 songs that capture Japanese springtime.

     

    Listen Here: Japanese Spring Vibes

     


    Kenshi Yonezu – Shunrai

    A song about a guy who has fallen in love and experiences both happiness and sadness. The themes “spring” and “thunder” are used to express these fluctuating feelings one experiences in love. The chance encounter in spring, and the break-up. The song lets you feel the fleetingness of love.

     

    Aimer – Haru wa Yuku

    The main theme song for the anime film Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song. It’s a ballad that has a real Japanese vibe to it.

     

    Perfume – Spring of Life

    This song has a refreshing feeling to it like the cool breeze of the springtime wind. The Perfume members play the part of androids in the music video where they learn about the emotion love for the first time.

     

    SCANDAL – HARUKAZE

    The 15th and final opening theme song for the Bleach anime series. The lyrics have a tinge of sadness to them as they sing of bidding farewell to friends to walk towards your own dream. The music is powerful, energetic, and classic SCANDAL.

     

    Aimyon – Haru no Hi

    The main theme song for the 2019 anime film Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~. Aimyon wrote the song after reading the movie’s script. It’s about the love of family, and creating a place for you and those you love.

     

    SILENT SIREN – Shigatsu no Kaze

    This song was written as the ending theme for the slice-of-life drama Watanuki-san Chi no which features virtual YouTubers and explores everyday moments of happiness.

     

    indigo la End – Haru no Iutoori

    The songs in this list up to now have been about the warm coming of spring, but this song is a sadder tune about the end of one’s love subsequent regret.

     

    Vickeblanka – Urara

    Loneliness and sadness are attached to the lyrics of this song, which are laced through a melody that is elating like the blowing wind. “Separation” is the theme of this track, but the lighthearted sound makes you feel uplifted.

     

    KANA-BOON – Sakura no Uta

    KANA-BOON has two songs titled Sakura no Uta, written differently in Japanese (さくらのうた and 桜の詩). The songs are written from the perspectives of a guy and girl respectively. The music videos peek into the events surrounding the two of them and the time they spend together.

     

    Wagakki Band – Senbonzakura

    Originally sung by Hatsune Miku, Senbonzakura is a cover by Wagakki Band of the popular Vocaloid track, and has become a hit in itself, with music video views garnering from across the globe.

     

    Supercell – Sayonara Memories


    This melancholic song is about that feeling of saying farewell to springーsomething we have all felt in our youth. Nagi Yanagi’s vocals shine through this track and are so beautiful as to make you breathe a sigh.

     

    Hikaru Utada – Sakura Drops

    A spring song by Hikaru Utada, who is known for singing the Kingdom Hearts theme songs. It’s about the pain of a broken heart, but having the capacity to stand up, look forward, and move on.

     

    YUI – CHE.R.RY

    A fruity song that’s sweet and sour like one’s first love. The lyrics capture the start of one’s love, while the melody is the butterflies in your stomach.

     

    ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION – Kaigan Dori

    This is a track you find yourself wanting to listen to as spring approaches. It has a relaxed melody, and sings of parting with people in spring, and the sadness of encounters. Like the song’s title reads, it brings to mind a scene of the cherry blossoms dancing by the coast.

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Easta

    Kyary’s Easter party song celebrates the arrival of spring, and welcomes everyone to have a good start to the season.

     

    Did you enjoy our picks for this week’s Japanese Spring Vibes? Our next playlist will be centred on female artists in Japan. We’ll be posting a new playlist every week, so be sure to follow us on Spotify and stay tuned.

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