Music Culture – Miyakojima Rock Festival

Miyakojima rock festival – Miyako Island宮古島, Miyakojima, is known for one of the best beaches and it has tropical climate provides mild weather every year. Miyako is the fourth largest island in Okinawa Prefecture and its beaches are most famous attraction, like Yonaha-Maehama Beach. Miyakojima rock festival is suppose to be held on Miyakojima in which about one hour by air from Naha Airport or less than 30 minutes by car from Miyako Airport. Every year of the summer rock festival saves mother nature from Miyakojima The ticket price range is from 4,000 yen to 7,000 yen. Although it is a day festival held on Miyako Island, Okinawa, the festival actually draws in many big name bands, like ONE OK ROCK, to perform outdoor concert to attract thousands of thousands people.

Music Culture – Earth Celebration

Earth Celebration – It is a festival of music is held at Ogi, where located on Sado Island. The 3 days festival features many singers and artists who can perform in collaboration with Kodo and other instruments. This unique opportunities to attract people come from everywhere to learn more about the culture and tastes of Sado. This leading music event of Japan also added to the various concerts, cultural workshops, local tours, fringe performances to the festival, like “Sado Island Galaxy Art Festival,” people are able to visit and enjoy from places to places over the whole island. The main event are outdoor concerts held at Ogi Harbor while the Harbor Market features many food stands that are open all day long.

J. Music – The song of “Flowers will bloom” (For 3.1.1.Earthquake)

1millionflowerslogo3.1.1. Earthquake – Human, please close our eyes to think that why we are still fighting between different countries. It does not matter which country is winning, the mother nature(like Earthquake, Tsunami, etc.) is going to kill us all at last. It is a time to united our forces of the mind to work together……..The earthquake 3.1.1. hit Japan to cost the lost of a large chunk of its electricity-generating capacity by one-two-THREE punch of earthquake and tsunami, the narrative in parts of one of the world’s most technologically advanced PLACES – JAPAN was suddenly transformed overnight into one of Third World country hardship. It is hard to imagine of it.  There is a song called “Flowers will bloom” – The song which is sung and made together from a massive group of Japanese Singers. Please close your eye and listen the song from your heart.

FLOWERS WILL BLOOM LYRIC

My heart goes out to you,
When the winter snows give way to spring.
My heart is longing now,
Longing for the town where happiness had been.

Been a place of hope and of dreaming too,
Been a home where my heart always went back to you,
But for now I only dream of the people who I loved and knew.

Someone is singing, I can hear singing now,
Someone is weeping, I can feel their tears,
Someone is smiling, showing me why
and how to go on living for years and years.

Flowers will bloom, yes they will, yes they will,
For you who are here or yet to be born.
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
There’s no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn.

My heart goes out to you,
When the morning sun lights up the pale blue sky.
My heart is heavy now,
With the grief I tried so often to deny.

I regret mistakes that I sometimes made.

But I know our love will never fade
and that you’ll live on instead of me,
And that you will have whatever love can be.

Someone is thinking, I can read every thought,
Someone is shedding tears for all that was lost,
Someone is leading you to love that they sought
asking you to love all that you love the most.

Flowers will bloom, yes they will, yes they will,
For you who are here or yet to be born.
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
There’s no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn.
Flowers will bloom, yes they will, yes they will,
For you who are here or yet to be born.
They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
There’s no missing sorrow and no reason left to mourn.

Yes they will

They’ll bloom, yes they will
and they’ll bloom again until,
You’ll live and remember and love us forever more.
And love us forever more.

J. Music – Japan Annual Singers Championship (Kohaku Uta Gassen紅白歌合戦)

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Kohaku Uta Gassen紅白歌合戦 is a giant annual music TV show on every New Year’s Eve produced by Japanese public broadcast NHK television company locally. It also broadcasts internationally by NHK’s overseas networks, which whoever bought the program. This show usually ends shortly before the midnight of every New Year Eve. Kohaku Uvlcsnap-2012-05-11-11h27m48s113ta Gafinale2ssen represents “Red and White Song Battle”. This TV program divides the music artists of the year into 2 teams of red and white. The “red” team of akagumi赤組 represents of all female vocals/artists or groups of female vocals/artists. And the “white” team of shirogumi白組 represents all male vocals/artists or groups of male vocals/artists. This honor of the super ultimate singer of performing on Kohaku is usually very selectively every single year that leads to the most successful Japan singer artist can perform. It is VERY important for them that this kind of music performances can directly affect the sale CD album of each individual singer……………………………………..

 

 

J. Jazz – Ami Nakazono

Ami Nakazono – She is one of the most versatile saxophonists working in a music explorer of compositional form, which she is building her fan base everywhere. Her style is a medley of jazz and soul executed. Ami began classical piano and also playing the alto saxophone. After that, she won the “City Solo Instrumental Competition.” After graduation at Fukuoka Daiichi High School, she entered Senzoku Gakuen University. With a Jazz major, Nakazono studied how to perform many recording sessions. During this time, Ami began playing gigs in and continued to perform and study music. Ami began her second musical journey at Berklee to study saxophone with Walter Beasley, and also directed by George W Russell Jr. Then, Mr. Russell became her mentor to start performing with the band, Violette. Ms. Nakazono recorded for two albums, “Joie de Vivre” with Violette and “Shine” with George W Russell Jr.. Then, Ami Nakazono continues to perform and has started work on her album, like, “Soleil”.

J. Pop –  Hiroko Moriguchi 

Hiroko Moriguchi森口 博子 – After she transferred to Horikoshi High School Performing Arts Course, she performed as a singer in the Tokyo Music Academy performing arts group “School Mates” (スクールメイツ, Sukūrumeitsu). After finishing second place in NHK’s Winning Song Kayō Tengoku (勝ち抜き歌謡天国, Kachinuki Kayō Tengoku), Moriguchi released her debut single “Mizu no Hoshi e Ai wo Komete” (水の星へ愛をこめて, “From the Aqueous Star with Love”) for the anime TV series Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. The song reached No. 16 on Oricon’s charts. Later, Moriguchi released both Gundam Song Covers and Song Covers 2 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Gundam franchise. One of the albums have reached No. 3 on Oricon’s Weekly Top 10 Album Chart, as an award at the 61st Japan Record Awards.

J. Pop – Mari Iijima

Mari Iijima飯島真理 is a J pop singer who writes and produces her music, and plays the piano and other instruments. Mari first became known for the role of Lynn Minmay in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross. The anime series became a mega hit and brought her to success. Right after then she debut albums, “Rosé”, “Unspoken Love” and “No Limit” , which are received many attentions. She repeated her role as Lynn Minmay in English-language release of Macross firm which made her famous voice actor again to reprise her role in an English anime dub as she has continued to perform in live and in videos.

J. HipHop & Rock & Pop – Arashi

Arashi/嵐/Storm – It is a band consisting of five members formed, including Satoshi Ohno, Sho Sakurai, Masaki Aiba, Kazunari Ninomiya, and Jun Matsumoto. Arashi originally formed on Hawaii, and made their debut many studio albums and several singles, which was set up for their goal of succeeding million CD copies sales. With the release of their song “Love So Sweet”, Arashi began to gain success as it was released the song of drama Hana Yori Dango 2, which is one of the top best-selling singles in Japan and gained to become the one of the artists to place the top two rankings on the Oricon singles yearly chart, like “Truth”, “One Love”, “Believe”, “Crazy Moon (Kimi wa Muteki)”. Also, Arashi’s singles and albums ranked very high yearly, like “Boku no Miteiru Fūkei”. Arashi had sold over ten of the million copies of albums everywhere.

J. Pop – TRF

TRF – It is a J. pop band that includes DJ Koo, Sam, Etsu, Yu-ki and Chiharu. As it debuted as “trf”, the band have released several singles produced, each selling over a million copies. After their song “Overnight Sensation: Jidai wa Anata ni Yudaneteru” received an award, they released a single “Hey! Ladies & Gentlemen”. Yu-ki has also done voice acting for animation movie theme song as well, like “Lights and Any More”, “Silence Whispers”, and “Boy Meets Girl.” Chiharu has worked on the choreography for singer Shizuka Kudō while Sam was married to super popstar Namie Amuro but they were divorced later.

J. Ska & Jazz – Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra

Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra/東京スカパラダイスオーケストラ – It is a J. ska and jazz band formed by the percussionist Asa-Chang, and composed of veterans. The band’s sound was unlike that of any of its contemporaries in the then fledgling Japanese ska scene, they have been influential on Japanese music. Its sound is a mix of traditional ska, jazz, and rock. In the vein of many other traditional ska acts, Skapara’s songs are instrumental. Since its inception, the band has gone on several nationwide tours of Japan and worldwide. They have collaborated with many vocalists outside of their band, including Shiina Ringo, Akira Kobayashi, Kyōko Koizumi, Schadaraparr, PUFFY, Yoshie Nakano and Tamio Okuda. They have released albums, including Skapara’s Intro (スカパラ登場), Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (東京スカパラダイスオーケストラ), World-famous (ワールドフェイマス), Pioneers, Fantasia, Grand Prix, Tokyo Strut (トーキョーストラット), Arkestra, Stompin’ On Down Beat Alley, High Numbers, Answer, Wild Peace, Perfect Future, Paradise Blue, World Ska Symphony, Goldfingers, Walkin’, Desire (欲望), Diamond In Your Heart (*初回出荷分はデジパック仕様), Ska Me Forever, Paradise Has No Border, Glorious, Tokyo Ska-Lorful Collage, and SKA=ALMIGHTY

J. Rock – The Oral Cigarettes

The Oral Cigarettes/ジ・オーラル・シガレッツ – This J. Rock group includes Takuya Yamanaka (山中 拓也), Akira Akirakani (あきらかにあきら), Shigenobu Suzuki (鈴木 重伸), and Masaya Nakanishi (中西 雅哉) which are alternative rock members from Nara, Japan. The band have been signed and released several different type of the albums which includes well known for performing the opening theme song of the anime Noragami Aragoto, “Kyōran Hey Kids!!” (狂乱 Hey Kids!!, Kyōran Hey Kids!!)

J. Pop – Chai

Chai – Chai is a new exciting onna-band (ニュー・エキサイト・オンナバンド) “new exciting woman band” or “NEO” in Japan. The members are Kana, Yuuki, Yuna, and Mana. Mana is the primary vocalist for the group, while the other members sing back up vocals. Mana plays the keyboards, Kana the guitar, while Yuna and Yuuki are the band’s drummer and bassist. As “NEO”, Mana and Kana compose the songs using the voice memo app on mobile, while Mana sings and Kana composes on the guitar. Yuuki writes the lyrics, and other members create others. The band want to aim to redefine the meaning of kawaii (“cute”) as “neo- kawaii”, feeling that each audience around them is making great efforts to achieve for a new definition of cute. They believe that everyone is cute in their own way, and wanted to express this through their new generation of the music. As a theme of the band, the members of Chai wear pink color. Chai released their debut album “Pink”, reaching to top on Oricon’s albums chart. Later, they collaborated with Duran Duran on their single “More Joy!”.

J. HipHop & Rap & Pop – Chanmina

Mina Otomonai乙茂内 美奈, Otomonai Mina a.k.a. Chanminaちゃんみな – She is a Korean-Japanese hip hop and pop singer. She spent her childhood flying around Korea, Japan and the United States. Chanmina also learned ballet and violin. The song “Day by Day” by Korean band Big Bang that is inspiring her to become a rapper. After she participated Bazooka!!! Kōkōsei Rap Senshūken competition broadcast, her debut single “Miseinen” released, which is one of the top iTunes Japan’s hip-hop song rankings chart. After that, her first major debut single “Fxxker” was released, followed by her debut album “Miseinen.” Then, Chanmina released the extended play “Chocolate.” And, the following year, the title song from her next album “Never Grow Up” was used as the theme song for the drama “Jigoku no Girlfriend”, reaching over 10 million views on YouTube and receiving a gold certification.

J. Metal – Love Bites

Love Bites – It is a Japanese female heavy metal band group. Lovebites’ music is heavily influenced by British heavy metal which led their music to be a combination of new power metal and old school heavy metal. The members consist of Haruna on drums, Midori and Miyako on guitar, and Asami on vocals. The group released the EP, like “The Lovebites EP”, “Awakening from Abyss”, “Battle Against Damnation and Clockwork Immortality”, they quickly won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award for Best New Band.