Music from Japan – Mr. Children

Mr. Children (ミスターチルドレン Misutā Chirudoren?), commonly called “Misuchiru” (ミスチル?), is a Japanese rock band formed in 1988 by Kazutoshi Sakurai, Kenichi Tahara, Keisuke Nakagawa, and Hideya Suzuki. As a group, they are one of the most successful Japanese rock artists, having sold over 50 million records and creating the “Misuchiru Phenomenon” (ミスチル現象?) in the mid 1990s in Japan. They held the record for the highest first week sales of a single in Japan for 15 years, with 1.2 million copies of their 10th single “Namonaki Uta” (名もなき詩?), have 30 consecutive number 1 singles, replaced Glay as the all-male band (with 3 or more members) to have the most number 1 albums on the Oricon charts, and won the Japan Record Award in 1994 for “Innocent World” and in 2004 for “Sign”. As of 2012, Mr. Children has published fourteen original studio albumsand 34 physical singles, along with five compilations, a live album, and fifteen home video releases. The band’s music is mainly composed and written by lead singer Sakurai, with the exception of the Suzuki-penned songs “Asia” and “#2601” from the albums Atomic Heart and Discovery, and occasional collaborative song writing with producer Takeshi Kobayashi.

Last Sunday a met a japanese guy in the bus, we both went home from a Rock festival ; i started a conversation asking him for famous rock-pop bands froim Japan and he wrote 4 of them on a sheet of paper , Mr. Children was one of them , here with one of their songs “Namonaki Uta ”

Music from Japan – Kahimi Karie

Kahimi Karie is a japanese musician, best known for her Shibuya-kei music. She sings, or even whispers in english, french and japanese. Here’s her nice song “Bonjour Line”:

Music from the US – Kina Grannis

Kina Grannis is an American guitar player and singer. She is half Japanese and half English, Irish, French, Scottish, Dutch and German. This is her song “The One You Say Goodnight To”. You should really watch her amazing music video “In Your Arms”, too.

Music from Japan – Y-no

Ok. That’s funny. Y- no is a japanese group but famous for playing a brazilian genre named “Pagode”. Pagode is a kind of new-samba, very popular in Brazil.

The group sings in portuguese (sometimes seems that they using google translator) and japanese. It’s called J-Pagode. Listen to “Querido meu amor”.