Category Archives: Music

NHK’s 65th “Kohaku Uta Gassen”Red and White Song Battle

Get ready for another NHK annual New Year’s Eve music program “The 65th Kohaku Uta Gassen”. This years lineup will be hosted by Actress Yoshitaka Yuriko and popular group Arashi.

This year’s  “65th Kohaku Uta Gassen” program will feature a total of 51 artists. First-time appearances by HKT48, May J.(performing the popular song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.), Yakushimaru Hiroko, V6, SEKAI NO OWARI. In addition, TV anime ‘Youkai Watch’ and anime character ‘Jibanyan’, along with King Cream Soda and Dream5 will be performing on the show, but will not competing.

Ayumi Hamasaki, will not be performing for the first time in 15 years. She told fans on Twitter that she preferred to focus on projects she wants to do, rather that on what she feels obligated to do.

Who will win the 2014 competition? You have to watch to find out! So far, the red team (female) has won 29 times, and the white team (male) 35 times.

The show will broadcast in Hawaii

Thursday 1/1/15 on KIKU Station.

Airs: 5:00pm-10:00pm

Repeats: 1/2/15 11am-4pm

Please check your local listing for show time.  Heres a link to T.V. Japan on HD

This year’s artist list are: (In parenthesis are the number of times appeared.)

Red Team

Ayaka (7)
E-girls (2)
Ikimonogakari (7)
Ishikawa Sayuri (37)
AKB48 (7)
SKE48 (3)
HKT48 (debut)
NMB48 (2)
Kanda Sayaka (2)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (3)
Kouzai Kaori (18)
Godai Natsuko (21)
Sakamoto Fuyumi (26)
Shiina Ringo (2)
Yoshimi Tendo (19)
Nakajima Miyuki (2)
Kana Nishino (5)
Perfume (7)
Ayako Fuji (20)
Seiko Matsuda (18)
Nana Mizuki (6)
Kaori Mizumori (12)
Miwa (2)
May J. (debut)
Momoiro Clover Z (3)
Yakushimaru Hiroko (debut)
Akiko Wada (38)

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White Team

Arashi (6)
Itsuki Hiroshi (44)
EXILE (10)
Kanjani8 (3)
Chris Hart (2)
Go Hiromi (27)
Golden Bomber (3)
Sandaime J Soul Brothers (3)
SMAP (22)
SEKAI NO OWARI (debut)
Sexy Zone (2)
T.M.Revolution (5)
TOKIO (21)
Hideaki Tokunaga (9)
AAA (5)
Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi (4)
Kiyoshi Hikawa (15)
V6 (debut)
Kohei Fukuda (2)
Fukuyama Masaharu (7)
Hosokawa Takashi (38)
Porno Graffitti (13)
Miwa Akihiro (3)
Shinichi Mori (47)

 

Source: http://www1.nhk.or.jp/kouhaku/artists/index.html

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2NE1’s Album “Crush” Sweeping Music Charts

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The all girl group 2NE1, released their new album “Crush” oFebruary 27, 2014 online only.  In a record time “Crush” was sweeping the music charts, and has achieved an all-kill status.  (ALL KILL : adj.; term used to refer to a song that has managed to reach the #1 spot on the 7 major music site daily charts in Korea simultaneously according to kpop dictionary).  Although, 2NE1’s track “Come Back Home,” made a clean sweep on 10 real-time online music charts including: Melon, Bugs, Mnet, Naver Music, Daum Music, Olleh, Cyworld Music, Soribada, Monkey3 and Genie.  The other eight tracks on the album are not too far behind, most are already on the top ten charts.  March 7, “Crush” will be released offline, following 2NE1’s first two concerts “All or Nothing” World Tour which begins March 1 and 2 in Seoul Korea.  

Their music video has not been released yet, but you can hear their all-kill song “Crush” from kpopMar Tube Hot

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Show Luo’s “Fantasy” in Japanese (MV)

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Show Luo commonly known by his Chinese nickname Xiao Zhu (Little Pig) has released his single Fantasy in Japanese.  Check out this  King of C-Pop‘s music video.

The music video in this post are not mine, Please see Pony Canyon Official You Tube Channel for more videos.

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Got7 “Girls, Girls,Girls” (MV)

This new Korean Boy Band Got7 just released their 1st music video “Girls,Girls, Girls”

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Cream! the “New J-Pop” (MV)

Photo/Source: http://www.syncmusic.jp/wordpress/?p=2587

Photo/Source: Sync Music Japan

Recently while shopping at Flag-J (Hawaii) and I heard this cool, catchy EDC/j-pop/ hip hop music.  “Who is this?” I thought.  I loved what I was hearing so much, I pulled out my iphone and hit Shazam. “Cream?” I never heard of them.  Their music is known as the “New J-pop” influenced by an eclectic mix of hip-hop, pop, rock and EDC sounds. This “new J-pop” sound Im really liking!  Cream, I hope you keep putting out great music!

Minami and  Staxx T released their 1st album “Dreamin” January 23, 2013 (where the hell was I)  Their Lead single “Shooting Star” ranked #1 on Usen Hit Jpop. Here is their MV “Shooting Star”

Another great song “Kissing (Flip Side)”

Please check out Cream’s homepage at www.creamofficial.com/home/

Music Videos on my blog are not mine, but are from the official Cream Website. Please check out more of their awesome music at: www.creamofficial.com/home/

Japan Loves Miley Cyrus (MV: Adore You)

Yes, Japan loves Miley Cyrus, despite all her controversies.  Check out JapanToday.

Miley has been on the cover of a few Japanese magazines this year.

So, of course her new video “Adore You” is already off the charts all over the world! MTV named Miley artist of the year and if you look at google trend she had over 100,000 hits in the past hour of her video release. Check out her new music video Adore You below.

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Pictures are from Miley Cyrus twitter: https://twitter.com/MileyCrews/status/402908235578892288

music video is from Miley’s official website

follow her Twitter at: https://twitter.com/MileyCyrus

I love Samantha Thavasa!

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One of my favorite things to do while visiting Japan is SHOPPING! Of course! There is so much Kawaii (cute) things to see, I just cant tell you where to start.  One of my favorite things to shop for besides makeup…. clothes….. shoes…… hair accessories……(you get the idea) is purses! I fell totally in love with Samantha Thavasa.  I just HAD to have one.  Well, with the permission of my husband (he said to me one day, get anything you want!) Yes, I thought, that was my invitation to get something I really really really want…. so off I went looking for the perfect Samantha Thavasa Purse. And I found it! A pink vintage looking purse, it was perfect. I love it (and still do.) That was over a year ago… I need another one. Since I can’t visit Japan right now (there is a Samantha Thavasa store in N.Y.) I just check out their latest collection on their website and ….dream about getting one again soon….

Check out Samantha Thavasa’s website

Check out Samantha Thavasa’s commercial in Japan

Music in Samantha Thavasa’s commercial from Jpop Artist Flower singing Hatsukoi

The commercial in my blog are not mine, but are from Samantha Thavasa’s official website at www.samantha.co.jp/

The music video in my blog are not mine, but are from Flowers official website.  Please see their website for more videos at www.flower-ldh.jp/ 

 

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Hot in Waikiki

Im not so sure if Hyori Lee made the striped dress a come back, but after her video release of “Miss Korea” and “Bad Girls” I noticed that striped dresses were a hot seller among the young asian tourist visiting from Korea and Japan.  One Japanese tourist in particular was wearing a really cute striped dress, I had to ask her where she got her cute dress from. “Gap” she said “in Japan.”  Crap, that figures.   After searching Japan Gap site, I was able to find that cute dress she wore.  It was sold out.  I also checked Gap USA, and it was sold out in the size and color I needed, for weeks. (Yup, I did keep checking.)  Finally!  Finally I lucked out and I was able to order the Gap dress I saw on a tourist.  Here it is!

Miya wearing Gap 4-in-1 navy stripped Gap dress

I’m wearing Gap 4-in-1 navy stripped Gap dress
Folli Follie Fuchsia Vintage Bag and
Givenchy Le Rouge 205 lipstick

 You can check out where I got these great products here: http://ionasiatrend.com/2013/12/22/hot-in-waikiki/ 
Check out Hyori Lee’s MV “Bad Girls” and “Miss Korea”

The video in this blog are not mine. They belong to CJENMUSIC you can watch the rest of their video at: https://www.youtube.com/user/CJENMMUSIC

Lee Hyori “Monochrome”

Lee Hyori "Monochrome"

Amazon.com: Kumi Koda – Dreaming Now! [Japan LTD CD] RZCD-59499: Music

Amazon.com: Kumi Koda - Dreaming Now! [Japan LTD CD] RZCD-59499: Music