The beginning of J-Pop
Music is part of Japanese popular culture that can be enjoyed and witnessed in real life. Music is called Ongaku (音楽) in Japanese, which literally means sound for comfort. Japanese music can be divided into two categories, namely traditional music, and modern music. Japanese traditional music in ancient times was greatly influenced by the development of music in mainland China and the Korean peninsula, but little by little, Japanese music finally has its own characteristics and characteristics. Traditional Japanese music is generally closely associated with drama, dance, and other arts. Ancient Japanese music is also known as a gagaku orchestra, where this music is played using wind, string, and percussion instruments.
Popular Japanese Pop Music has created own space in the heart’s of fans
Modern Japanese music cannot be separated from the influences of Western culture. After the end of World War II, the American soldiers occupying Japan began to introduce various new genres of music such as jazz, boogie-woogie, mambo, blues and country. The influx of western music began to influence the development of music in Japan. Contemporary Japanese music popular today is often referred to as J-pop (Japanese pop music). Modern Japanese music is often identified and referred to as pop music in countries outside of Japan, as most Japanese music is influenced by Western music and some of the lyrics are often written in English as well. Even though it’s called J-Pop, that doesn’t mean that Japan only knows pop music. J-pop or Japanese pop music has overshadowed various music genres in Japan such as RandB, hip-hop, jazz, metal and others including Japanese rock music also known as Japanese rock or J-rock for short.
What has in J-Pop music?
J-Pop is music that is comfortable to listen it
Music has a melody and rhythm that can make the listener feel relaxed, calm and comfortable. Similar to J-Pop, J-Pop which is modern Japanese music can give a positive impression to the listeners and is well received by the public.
Has a many genres of music in J-Pop
When they hear the word J-Pop, many ordinary people think that J-pop is Japanese music with a pop genre. Whereas J-Pop has genres, derivative music, sub-genres and mixed genres as well as modern music from other countries. When they hear the word J-Pop, many ordinary people think that J-Pop is Japanese pop music. Whereas J-Pop has genres, derivative music, sub genres and mixed genres as well as modern music from other countries.
Characteristics in J-Pop
J-Pop has its own charm when compared to other music from various parts of the world. Japanese Popular Music or J-Pop has its own charm when compared to other music from various parts of the world.
An annual Japanese modern festival
Japan has been known for various kinds of cultural festivals that are held every year such as hinamatsuri, kodomo no hi, hanami, tanabata matsuri and others.
Have an attractive appearance and MV
Someone who has a trait will be easy for others to remember. The idol group AKB48 is known as an idol group that wore short and kawaii (cute) skirts. While the idol group Nogizaka46 is known for their closed (long skirt) and elegant looks. The group FLOW has rock songs with distinctive instruments. Soloist Yui has a melodious song with her signature guitar thump. The Yorushika group always doing mysterious MVs that are closed like not showing the faces of the singer
(Suis) or the composer (N-Buna). Aimyon’s MV and Live Performance includes the existence of a singer (Morii Aimi) who made Aimi’s face and distinctive lyrics style famous among J-Pop fans.
What do we get when listen J-Pop music?
-The love for music is getting higher
Every day because J-Pop music can have a good impact on some people in carrying out their activities.
-Can develop hidden talents
Listening to music every day, it is not uncommon for this person to trigger their talents such as singing and dancing to the artists or idols they like.
-Can get to know Japanese culture easily
Without realizing it, J-Pop can add insight into Japanese popular culture. Similar to the frequent holding of modern Japanese events or festivals, people who attend these modern Japanese events or festivals will know Japanese culture, both visible and invisible.
-The satisfaction of the music is fulfilled
Music is a necessity for some people, J-pop with its unique genre makes some people feel suitable and in accordance with what they need.
-Helps in learning Japanese
For some Japanese learners, J-Pop can help learners improve their listening skills, vocabulary, expressions and etc.
– Excessive hedonism and fanaticism
Enjoy Japanese cuisine and Japanese accessories that are not cheap. And for some people idolizing artists or what is commonly called oshi is always in an exaggerated way.
-Sometimes forget your identity
A fanatical fan or designation, especially weebs, who always show an attitude or express behaviour that should not be done in such a public event.
5 legendary Japanese Pop artists and still exist today
This Japanese idol group is so popular not only in Japan but also abroad. The reason is, Arashi has debuted since 1999 and still exists today. In the early years of its appearance, the song Arashi was able to become the theme song for the Volleyball World Cup in 1999. The song, entitled Love So Sweet, was also able to occupy the best single in Japan throughout 2007.
Who does not know AKB48, which is an idol group from Japan whose members are all women. AKB48 was created by Yasushi Akimoto and has hundreds of members. The songs tell the story of a teenager’s life in a colorful and colorful way. In particular, Wota or AKB48 fans can come to the theater and watch their idol in action live.
With the real name Morii Aimi (森井 愛美), debuted at the age of 20 in 2015, She made her first indie debut with the single “Anata Kaibou Junaika (Shine)” (貴方解剖純愛歌~死ね~), which went through 10 top of the Oricon Indie music charts in Japan. One of his most famous songs titled “Marigold” (マリーゴールド) peaked at number two on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 of the Year 2019 Top 10, behind Kenshi Yonezu’s “Lemon“.
Kenshi Yonezu’s Lemon song became a hit after it was released in March 2018. Kenshi wrote this song for the soundtrack for the drama Unnatural. Along with this song, the songs Paper Flower and Cranberry & Pancake were also released in a mini album entitled Stray Sheep. This booming song actually contains various interesting facts that are worth discussing. Starting from the singer’s career, the story behind writing the lyrics, to the many covers made. That way, the deeper meaning will be obtained when singing this song.
Risa Oribe, or better known as LiSA is a singer, songwriter from Japan. She is works under the banner of Sacra Music, the studio of Sony Music Artists. She debuted in 2010, singing a song for the anime series Angel Beats!. LiSA’s songs are so famous that they are believed to fill high-rated anime like Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online, and Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.