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.

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  • 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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  • 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: 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.

     

    MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON Spotify: Follow Us

     

    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!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Beach Vibe Songs & Songs to Enjoy at the Beach

    10.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.

     

    Whether you’ve got your shorts and shades on and are heading out to the beach this summer, or are planning to spend your time indoors, then we’ve got you covered with this list of Japanese beach vibe tracks.

     

     

    SILENT SIREN – “Bisan”

    This is the kind of Japanese song that makes you want to run to the beach. Both the lyrics and music video have that summer vibe. Suu’s vocals are super cute too.

     

    Hazzie – “Dreamland.” ft. RED RICE, CiCo

    A number of genres are mixed into this track like J-pop, rap, and dance. You feel great because summer’s finally here so you just wanna dance to party tunes like this.

     

    NMB48 – “Dorian Shonen”

    Released as the 12th single by Japanese idol group NMB48, this song makes you want to put on your swimsuit and go into the sea like the members in the music video. It has an up-tempo sound typical of Japanese summer songs.

     

    KREVA – “Issai Gassai”

    This song was written and released in 2005 by Japanese rapper and record producer KREVA who is also the MC for the hip-hop unit KICK THE CAN CREW. A re-recorded version of the track was released last year.

     

    JUJU – “PLAYBACK”

    A dance tune that embodies having the best summer ever. This is your summer track for 2020.

     

    Rihwa – “TO: Summer”

    Rihwa’s beautiful voice and the pleasant, almost refreshing sound of the music makes you feel like you’re going to have a great summertime.

     

    SPICY CHOCOLATE – “Zutto My Love feat. HAN-KUN & TEE”

    This love song has a sad melody and lyrics, but it’s the kind of nice, chill song you want to listen to while relaxing on the beach.

     

    Anri – “WINDY SUMMER”

    This nostalgic 80’s song is full of exciting and positive vibes.

     

     Yuzu – “Natsuiro”

    The clear and positive guitar chords create the image of sunshine and warm waves.

     

     

    Porno Graffitti – “Music Hour”

    Fans of Porno Graffitti recognise this song as a staple song of summer.

     

    Aimyon – “Manatsu no Yoru no Nioi ga Suru”

    Aimyon released her eighth single Manatsu no Yoru no Nioi ga Suru in July last year.

     

     GReeeeN – “Natsu no oto”

    GReeeeN’s cheerful and relaxing tone sets the perfect mood for a beach party. The title of this song literally means “the sound of summer”.

     

    This playlist is just what you need for the perfect Japanese beech party. We’re bringing you a brand new J-music playlist every week so stay tuned!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Male Artists You Should Be Listening To

    03.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 Male Artists You Should Be Listening To

    Following up on our ‘Japanese Female Artists You Should Be Listening To’ playlist, here’s a collection of some of our favourite male artists that we want to recommend.

     

    Access the playlist here

     

    Yasutaka Nakata – “NANIMONO” (feat. Kenshi Yonezu)

    Yasutaka Nakata is known as the producer for some of Japan’s biggest artists, including Perfume and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. This addictive track was written for the film Nanimono and is Nakata’s first-ever collaboration with Kenshi Yonezu.

     

    MIYAVI vs. KenKen – “Flashback”

    MIYAVI’s music and charitable works have been recognised worldwide. His finger-slapping guitar style is a signature part of his songs.

     

    Taichi Mukai – “Reset”

    This song is famous as the ending theme song for the TV anime adaptation of the manga series Run with the Wind. It has a melancholic sound to it, but feels somehow uplifting by the end.

     

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

    This track by TK―who is known for performing numerous tracks for the anime series Tokyo Ghoul including the first season’s iconic opening theme Unravel―was written as the main theme song for the Japanese dub of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

     

    For more details about this song, check here.

    DEAN FUJIOKA – “Shelly”

    Written for the Japanese drama series Sherlock: Untold Stories, a thrilling show inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s character.

     

    For more details about this song, check here

     

    Kenshi Yonezu – “Flamingo”

    Flamingo is the 9th single from Kenshi Yonezu and came 7 months after his huge hit Lemon which broke countless records in Japan’s music industry.

     

    Daichi Miura – “Blizzard”

    The main theme for the anime film Dragon Ball Super: Broly which was released in 2018.

     

    Eito – “Kousui”

    As one of the biggest hits of 2020 in Japan, Kousui is a popular topic on social media and makes frequent appearances on TikTok. It has remained popular for a long time.

     

    Moe Shop  – “Pastel” (feat. Snail’s House)

    Another kawaii song by Moe Shop written in collaboration with Snail’s House. Moe Shop’s fusion of French electronic music and Japanese pop music garnered him a huge online fan base.

     

     banvox – “Genius” (feat.BENXNI)

    If you love Japanese rap, this is your song. banvox teamed up with BENXNI to release Genius, which is from banvox’s new album DIFFERENCE.

     

    RAM RIDER – “Tōkyō-ron”

    Japanese producer, remixer and DJ RAM RIDER released the catchy tune Tōkyō-ron in 2019.

     

    Gen Hoshino – “Koi”

    Gen Hoshino’s love song Koi was released in 2016 and served as the theme song to the drama The Full-Time Wife Escapist, in which Hoshino played one of the lead roles.

     

    Vickeblanka – “Black Catcher”

    Vickeblanka’s hit song Black Catcher was written as the tenth opening to the anime series Black Clover.

     

    Yunomi & nicamoq- “Indoor Kei Nara Trackmaker”

    Yunomi’s kawaii and upbeat songs will put you in a cheerful mood in no time. The catchy rhythm will have you learning the lyrics in no time.

     

    Boku no Lyric no Boyomi – “sub/objective”

    Featured on his 2015 major debut album hollow world, this song features a beautiful melody and light, melancholic guitar sound.

     

    If you enjoyed this week’s playlist stick around because we’ll be making a new playlist every week!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: 15 Anime Movie Theme Songs

    20.July.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.

     

    The team at MMN has put together a list of must-hear theme songs from anime films, ranging from Studio Ghibli classics to some of the most popular anime franchises to date like My Hero Academia. We hope you enjoy this week’s playlist!

     

    15 Anime Movie Theme Songs

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    Yorushika – “Hana ni Bourei”

    Hana ni Bourei or “Flower for Dead” is known as the main theme song for the recent Netflix anime film A Whisker Away.

     

    RADWIMPS – “Dream Lantern (Yumetourou)”

    This is the opening theme song for the anime film Your Name. RADWIMPS also recorded an English version of the same song.

     

    Masayoshi Yamazaki – “One More Time, One More Chance”

    Known as the ending song for the anime film 5 Centimetres per Second, this song is sure to pull at your heartstrings.

     

    aiko – “Koi wo Shita no wa”

    The theme song for the animated movie A Silent Voice.

     

    Official HIGE DANdism – “Yesterday”

    “Yesterday” was written for the animated sci-fi romantic drama film HELLO WORLD. The beautiful melody reflects the strength of the heart and the anguish that hides within it.

     

    DAOKO and Kenshi Yonezu – “Uchiage Hanabi”

    The song soon became a big hit upon its release in 2017. It was used as the theme song for the film Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?

     

    Motohiro Hata – “Rain”

    “Rain” by Motohiro Hata was used as the theme song for the romantic anime film The Garden of Words.

     

    SEKAI NO OWARI – “RPG”

    The main theme song for the 2013 film Crayon Shin-chan: Very Tasty! B-class Gourmet Survival!!

     

    Ling Tosite Sigure – “Who What Who What”

    Released in 2019, this was the theme song for Psycho-Pass: The Movie.

     

    KANA-BOON – “Diver”

    KANA-BOON’s lively and refreshing rock tunes introduced the youthful and exciting film Boruto: Naruto the Movie.

     

    sumika – “Higher Ground”

    Written as the main theme for the 2019 anime film My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising, this song was released as Japanese rock band sumika’s 4th major single.

     

    Joe Hisaishi – “One Summer Day”

    A song known to any and all fans of Studio Ghibli, taken from their classic film Spirited Away. Written and performed by Joe Hisaishi.

     

    Sukima Switch – “Hoshi no Utsuwa

    The main theme of the 2014 film The Last: Naruto the Movie and famous as being the song to wrap up the Naruto anime series.

     

    Daichi Miura – “Blizzard”

    This track was written as the main theme for Dragon Ball Super: Broly which was nominated for Animation of the Year at the 42nd Japan Academy Film Prize.

     

    Masaki Suda – “Long Hope Philia”

    Long Hope Philia was written for the 2018 anime film My Hero Academia: Two Heroes. Performed by Masaki Suda, the track was written and composed by Hiromu Akita of amazarashi.

     

    What do you think of this week’s playlist? If you like these songs, make sure to check out the movies too. We release a new J-music playlist every week so stay tuned!

  • MOSHI MOSHI PLAYLIST: Japanese Covers of Japanese Songs

    13.July.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 Covers of Japanese Songs

    We’ve picked out a special collection of covers of Japanese songs by Japanese artists. With a variety of genres, there’s sure to be something for everyone in this list.

     

    Access the playlist here

     

    Ayumi Hamasaki – “Movin’ on without you”

    A cover of Hikaru Utada’s second single of the same name released on February 17, 1999. The track was featured on a tribute album to Hikaru Utada 2014 which celebrated the 15th anniversary since her debut.

     

    HYDE – “DEPARTURES”

    This is a cover by HYDE of DEPARTURES from the Japanese synthpop and trance music unit globe. It is featured on the tribute album #globe 20th-SPECIAL COVER BEST-.

     

    Aimer – “Refrain ga Sakanderu”

    Aimer’s distinct and iconic husky voice shines through on this cover of Yumi Matsutoya’s 1988 track.

     

    Kenshi Yonezu – “Paprika”

    Kenshi Yonezu wrote Paprika to be performed by two music groups consisting of young children called Foorin and Foorin team E. After the song became a hit, he released his own self-cover.

     

    Nao Matsuzaki – “Momen no Handkerchief”

    This is a cover of Ringo Sheena’s song of the same name. It’s featured on the two-disc Ringo Sheena cover album Utaite Myōri: Sono Ichi which you can listen to on Spotify.

     

    Sakura Fujiwara – “500 Miles (Sakura Sano with Kohei Kamishiro Ver.)

    This song is covered by Sakura Fujiwara in the Japanese drama series Love Song in which she plays the main character Sakura Sano. Hedy West is credited with having written this American folk song which has been covered by many people.

     

    Hitomi Shimatani – “Amairo no Kami no Otome”

    A cover of Village Singers’ 1968 song. It was released as Hitomi Shimatani’s 7th single in 2002.

     

    Rie Takahashi – “Kimagure Romantic”

    A super cute cover of Ikimonogakari’s song which was used as the ending theme for the popular anime series Teasing Master Takagi-san.

     

    Little Glee Monster – “Jupiter”

    Originally written by Ayaka Hirahara, this cover was used as an insert song in the Japanese drama Rikuo.

     

    Lefty Hand Cream – “Shin Takarajima”

    Lefty Hand Cream covers Sakanaction’s hit song Shin Takarajima with chill and relaxing vibes.

     

    Miyuna – “Nandemonaiya”

    Since RADWIMPS released their album of songs for the hit movie Your Name, thousands of videos of covers of their songs have been uploaded to YouTube. Miyuna’s cover of Nandemonaiya is one that really stands out.

     

    kobasolo – “Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ featuring Emi (theme park girl)”

    With his harmonies and creative arrangements, kobasolo has become a YouTube sensation with fans from around the world. This is a cover of the ending theme song to the anime Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day featuring Emi (theme park girl).

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – “Super Scooter Happy”

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s cover of CAPSULE’s Super Scooter Happy maintains the original’s exciting electronic vibes.

     

    What did you think of this week’s playlist? Join us next week to discover more!

  • 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

    Access the Spotify playlist here

     

    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.

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