Introduction to Japanese Music

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Wether you saw a girl in a room full of candies and skulls, three teenager girls singing and dancing to Metal songs, or a virtual 16-years old girl with blue twintails, you’ve probably heard or at least seen a sign of Japanese music somewhere. This apparently far and crazy scenario, set in Orient’s technologically most advanced country, may have gave you different feelings: entertainment, curiousity, despise, or, maybe, a simple laughter. And then, you probably forgot about it.

If this has happened to you too, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

Maybe that is not what you wanted to see, but what the media wanted you to see: something funny and bizarre, may it be a viral video or anything trending on social networks. For many, this kind of material is an easy excuse to label an entire music industry (or country) with terms such as “weird”. After all, it’s easier to make fun of something than to understand it: but would you consider one single artist as the absolute representation of an entire music industry? That doesn’t make much sense. And after all, bizarre and funny stuff is probably the only kind of material that’s gonna reach you on the web.

The key is to understand that even that funny video you saw yesterday on YouTube, like it or not, has a meaning and it’s just not novelty: it’s Pop culture. Which looks bizarre simply because it comes from a culture different than yours. And it’s only natural that you find it hard to understand at first.

To make a comparison, let’s take Rock or Metal music: what you see and listen at first almost sounds like noise, between instruments played at the speed of light and incomprehensible lyrics, but once you go deeper instead of giving up and label the genre as “noise”, you slowly start to understand the real meaning behind it, and eventually appreciate it and become passionate about it: this can be obviously be applied to music as to many other things.

Japanese music is not an exception: you may (or not) get the wrong impact at first, because it’s not voluntarily searched by you, but you can easily use that as starting point to enlarge this initially restricted vision, and enrich your musical knowledge with an endless series of unique artists, music and inspiration that you won’t find anywhere else. It’ll also give you a wider point of view of Japan’s culture, since the music industry is the reflection of this curious and fascinating society, allowing you to build your own knowledge of Japan. Slowly, you’ll start to realize that behind that girl surrounded by candies and monsters, lies talent and artistic power.

But let’s focus on what’s most important now: Your starting point, your entrance ticket to the world of Japanese music.

If you’re used to the way things work in the western side of the world, you may be a bit skeptical at first. This website has been appositely created for this: To make you understand the real potential of Japanese music, and give a proper chance to enjoy this scenario. On Land of the Rising Sound, you will find complete descriptions of how this industry is structured, its actual state, in-depth articles of the most famous genres, with a list of the most important acts, reviews of any kind of release, and live reports of both Japanese and overseas shows. Simpy put, this website makes you understand step by step how everything works in this music industry, to enjoy it in the best possible way. The only thing you need to do is to listen and watch and everything you find with your mind open, and go beneath the surface. Of course you won’t be alone in this journey: There are literally thousands and thousands of people loving Japanese music in every single part of the world, from all countries and continents. I saw them with my own eyes!

Welcome to the most interesting, various and inspirational music scene in the world, This is Japan, the Land of the Rising Sound that keeps evolving and inspiring.

– Alex