Japanese Music: Natsukawa Rimi (夏川りみ)

Natsukawa Rimi (夏川りみ) is an Okinawan singer, best known for her 2001 single “Nada Sousou” (涙そうそう). Born in Ishigaki, the largest city in the Yaeyama Islands chain, from a young age Natsukawa enjoyed singing, and wanted to be a singer after hearing her father sing Yaeyama folk songs. From 7 years old, she practised two … More Japanese Music: Natsukawa Rimi (夏川りみ)

Japanese Music: Kobukuro (コブクロ)

Kobukuro (コブクロ) is a Japanese band formed in 1998, having made its major label debut in 2001. The name is a combination of the two members’ family names, Kobuchi Kentarō (小渕健太郎) – guitar, vocals – and Kuroda Shunsuke (黒田俊介) – main vocals – respectively shown in the pictures below. In May 1998, Kobuchi and Kuroda met each other … More Japanese Music: Kobukuro (コブクロ)

Japanese Music: Spitz (スピッツ)

Spitz (スピッツ) is a Japanese rock band formed in 1987. They gained commercial success in the mid and late 1990s, and are known for their abstract and eccentric songs penned by primary singer-songwriter and guitarist Kusano Masamune (草野マサムネ). In March 1991, they debuted their self-titled album and the single “Hibari no Kokoro“. Since the commercial success … More Japanese Music: Spitz (スピッツ)

Japanese Music: MISIA (ミーシャ)

Misia (ミーシャ, born July 7, 1978), commonly stylized as MISIA, is a Japanese singer, songwriter, and record producer. Born in Nagasaki, Misia moved to Fukuoka at the age of 14 to pursue a recording career. There, she continued her secondary education and briefly attended Seinan Gakuin University before withdrawing to focus on her musical career. … More Japanese Music: MISIA (ミーシャ)

Japanese Music: Sakura Maya (さくらまや)

Today I’m introducing to you a really talented young singer! Ladies and gentlemen, Sakura Maya! Sakura Maya (さくらまや, born Kusano Maya (草野真耶) on 26 July 1998 in Obihiro, Hokkaidō, Japan) is an enka singer and child actress. Maya Sakura is the child of two successful restaurant owners. She began to learn to play the violin … More Japanese Music: Sakura Maya (さくらまや)

Japanese Music: CHILDHOOD (Handflute & Piano)

This time I’m going to present to you a different kind of music. Mori Mitsuhiro (森光弘) is known for his rare talent of performing almost all kinds of music only through blowing into his hands, in what is called a handflute. By increasing and decreasing the space between the hands, different tones are produced, and mastering … More Japanese Music: CHILDHOOD (Handflute & Piano)