Japanese Musicians – S.E.N.S
S.E.N.S is a Japanese music duo of Akihiko Fukaura and Yukari Katsumoto. They are not for Karaoke but good company for you to chill out.
Japanese Beat Box Boys
Do you like beat box? It´s really amazing that human body can make such sounds. Daichi and Hikakin are Japanese beat box boys. They are so good.
Tokyo Jazz Night at Shibuya Plug
It was my very first jazz session night in Sibuya Plug. It doens´t matter if you know the music, you only need the music to enjoy the night.
Japanese Jazz Band, TRI4TH
TRI4TH is a Japanese jazz band formed by 4 musicians, Yuusuke Orita, Junnosuke Fujita, Tomotaka Sekiya and Takao Ito. In 2009 they released analogue single "TRI4TH plus EP" and in 2010 the first album "TRI4TH" was released. TRI4TH´s official website is HERE.
Yuusuke Orita is a Saitama born trumpeter, also work as a composer. He collaborates with many Japanese artists such as SMAP, JUJU, akiko and musicals. His blog is HERE.
Junnosuke Fujita is a Tottori born sax player. Although he started with classical music, since when he was interested in jazz, he´s been playing in various units. His blog is HERE.
Tomotaka Sekiya is a Osaka born bassist. Studied at LAMA and at the age 20, he recorded the first album "footprints" as a lead musician in LA. In 2009 joined TRI4TH. He is also a big fan of fishing. Sekiya´s blog is HERE.
Takao Ito is a Toyama born drummer. Sorry I couldn´t find much profile about him. His blog is HERE.
This video is from one of the sessions at Shibuya Plug.
Japanese Jazz Band, JDs
JDs is a project of a Japanese jazz/FUNK/R&B base band, JiLL-Decoy association also known as JILLDECO (ジルデコ). JDs is formed by JillDeco´s guitarist, Kubota and the drummer, Towada.
Kubota is a Shizuoka born guitarist although he started his music career as a pianist and discovered jazz guitar when he was in the university. He began his professional career in the US and has participated IAJE International jazz festival.
Towada is a Tokyo born drummer whose mother was a music teacher. He started classic piano when he was 6 but since the day he listened to Miles Davis, his passion for jazz arose. He studied music in Chicago Music University, after coming back to Japan, Towada formed various jazz band and one of them came to second at a jazz contest in Tokyo in 1999.
Japanese Jazz Duo Yuusuke Shima & Iori Kimura
Japanese Jazz Duo Yuusuke Shima & Iori Kimura (島裕介×木村イオリ ).
Yuusuke Shima is a Osaka born jazz trumpeter. He started playing trumpet when he was 13 and since 2002 he has been playing as a professional trumpeter. He performed at FujiRockFestival 07'. 2009 Shima started a new project, Silent Jazz Case as a producer.
Yuusuke Shima official website is HERE.
Iori Kimura is an Aomori born pianist and a keybord player. 2008 a new band, bohemianvoodoo was formed.
2010 the band met Yuusuke Shima as the producer and in July they released the first album, ”S”.
Kimura is a talented pianist and collaborates with many artists from diverse areas; from jazz to Hip Hop.
The official website of bohemianvoodoo is HERE.
These two talented musicians make this sound. The video is one of the sessions they did at Shibuya Bar Music, called Neko ga kuru (The cat is coming). They make jazzy sweet sound, like a music box. I like it, nice.
Beethoven Meets Mambo No.5 by Akira Miyagawa
Classical music can be fun mixed with manbo. Why not? A Japanese composer, Akira Miyagawa takes you to his music show. Let´s wiggle!
Why Anime “Sora no Otoshimono” Makes Me Nostalgic?
It´s a high school drama, “Tobidase seishun (飛び出せ青春 / Shoot out, youth)”, a story about this passionate teacher and the students who can´t keep up with the others. It´s cheesy and the teacher is too atsui.
Make A Wish For Tanabata
The 7th of July is Tanabata (七夕/ the star festival) in Japan. We make decoration with colourful paper, loops, some patterns then the most important thing about Tanabata is you write your wishes to hang them from the bamboo leaves.
Medicinal Food – Umeboshi
Umeboshi (梅干し) is one of the must have items for Japanese meal. It´s a type of pickle and made of plum and we use them for many things. There are many food products using umeboshi in Japan; as a spaghetti source, tea even for the sweets. After miso soup (misoshiru / みそ汁), this umeboshi may be the soul of Japan.