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ENKA
Enka refers to two styles of Japanese music. The first is speeches set to music which were sung and spread by political activists during the Meiji period (1868–1912) and the Taishō period (1912–1926) as a means to avoid crackdowns by the government on speeches of political dissent. The second is a genre of Japanese popular songs (kayōkyoku) developed in the postwar Shōwa period (1926-1989) , which has been likened to American country music and Portuguese Fado in terms of themes and audience. The term now usually refers to the latter type of traditional and melodramatic popular songs.



ENKA SINGER YASHIRO AKI





JPOP(Japanese Pop)

The base of Japanese pop was jazz music which became popular during the early 20th century. Before the World War II, Takarazuka Revue used American jazz music as their theme songs.[2] Under pressure from the Imperial Army during the war, the performance of jazz music was temporarily halted. After the war ended the United States soldiers—who were occupying Japan at the time—and the Far East Network introduced a number of new musical styles to the country.[3]

Jazz introduced many musical instruments, previously used only to perform classical music and military marches, to bars and clubs. It also added an element of "fun" to the Japanese music scene. As a result "Ongaku Kissa" (音楽喫茶—lit. "music cafe") became a very popular venue for live jazz music. Boogie-woogie, Mambo, Blues, and Country music were performed by Japanese musicians for the American troops. Songs like Shizuko Kasagi's "Tokyo Boogie-Woogie" (1948), Chiemi Eri's "Tennessee Waltz" (1951), Hibari Misora's "Omatsuri Mambo", and Izumi Yukimura's "Omoide no Waltz" became popular. Foreign musicians and groups including JATP and Louis Armstrong visited Japan to perform. Jazz had much effect on subsequent Japanese pop.[4]


In 1960s, Japanese pops, called Wasei pop (literally "Japan-made pop"), is said to have been birthed.[5] In 1956, the rock-and-roll craze began thanks to a country music group known as Kosaka Kazuya and the Wagon Masters and their rendition of Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel. Performers learned to play the music and translate the lyrics of popular American songs, resulting in the birth of Cover Pop.[6] The rock-and-roll movement would reach its peak in 1958 with the performances by a number of Japanese rock-and-roll bands.[7] Some performers attempted to merge former Japanese music with rock-and-roll. One of musicians to be successful in this effort was Kyu Sakamoto with the song "Ue wo Muite Arukō" (lit. "Let's Look Up and Walk"), known in other parts of the world as "Sukiyaki" and released in 1963 in the United States. The song was the first Japanese song to reach #1 in the United States (four weeks in Cashbox Magazine and three weeks in Billboard magazine) in its native language in America and also to receive a "Gold Record" for selling one million copies.[8]

Another origin of Japanese pop was female duo The Peanuts.[9] The Peanuts sang Japanese folk songs based on jazz music.[10] In 1966, The Beatles came to Japan and sang their songs at the Nippon Budokan, becoming the first band to do so in Japan.[11] The Beatles had an influence on Japanese future rockers such as Eikichi Yazawa.[12]


[edit] 1970s: New Music

Grammy Award winner Ryuichi Sakamoto known as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra. The group is ranked number-two in the HMV Japan Top 100 pops.[1]In the early 1970s, the emphasis shifted from simple songs with a single guitar accompaniment (known originally as "folk music") to more complex musical arrangements known as New Music.[13] Instead of social messages, the songs focused on more personal messages, such as love. Early 70's produced popular singer/songwriters, as Miyuki Nakajima and Yumi Matsutoya, who are both notable by the variety of sounds they produce. At first, only Yumi Matsutoya, who was formerly known by her maiden name Yumi Arai, was called a New Music artist, but it merged Japanese fouk music.[14] Takuro Yoshida and Yosui Inoue became popular in this period. Off Course became a popular folk band. A notable member of Off Cource was Kazumasa Oda. In even 2000s, his single and album still topped the Japan's Oricon charts, making him the eldest singer to do so.

In 1970s, rock music remained in underground music. However, rocker Eikichi Yazawa remained popular for decades with a rabid fan, becoming a pioneer of Japanese rock In 1980, Yazawa seeking worldwide success, signed a contract with the Warner Pioneer record company and moved to the West Coast of the United States. He recorded the albums "Yazawa," "It's Just Rock n' Roll," and "Flash in Japan," all of which were released worldwide, but were not very commercially successful.

In the late 1970s, female duo Pink Lady became popular and rock band Southern All Stars was formed. Southern All Stars remains very popular in the present days. On the other hand, Yellow Magic Orchestra developed electropop.[17] Ryuichi Sakamoto, a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra, later won the Grammy Award.[18] Also, he became the first artist to top the Oricon weekly single chart with an instrumental in June 1999.[19] Southern All Stars and Yellow Magic Orchestra ended the era of New Music.



JPOP ARTIST AI OTSUKA







RAP/HIPHOP IN JAPAN
Main article: Japanese hip-hop
Hip-hop is a newer form of music on the Japanese music scene. Many felt it was a trend that would immediately pass. However, the genre has lasted for many years and is still thriving. In fact, rappers in Japan did not achieve the success of hip-hop artists in other countries until the late 1980s. This was mainly due to the music world's belief that "Japanese sentences were not capable of forming the rhyming effect that was contained in American rappers' songs." [5] There is a certain, well-defined structure to the music industry called "The Pyramid Structure of a Music Scene". As Ian Condry notes, "viewing a music scene in terms of a pyramid provides a more nuanced understanding of how to interpret the significance of different levels and kinds of success." [6] The levels are as follows (from lowest to highest): fans and potential artists, performing artists, recording artists (indies), major label artists, and mega-hit stars. These different levels can be clearly seen at a genba, or nightclub. Different "families" of rappers perform on stage. A family is essentially a collection of rap groups that are usually headed by one of the more famous Tokyo acts, which also include a number of proteges. [7] They are important because they are "the key to understanding stylistic differences between groups." [8] Hip-hop fans in the audience are the ones in control of the night club. They are the judges who determine the winners in rap battles on stage. An example of this can be seen with the battle between rap artists Dabo (a major label artist) and Kan (an indie artist). Kan challenged Dabo to a battle on stage while Dabo was mid-performance. Another important part of night clubs was displayed at this time. It showed "the openness of the scene and the fluidity of boundaries in clubs." [9] Both artists did a cappella freestyle, but in the end, the audience showed their approval for Dabo.
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Jrock(Japanese rock) Visual Kei Oshare Kei and Neo Visualizm (My specialty)


Jrock began back in the early 80's. While Jrock is from Japan it's ethusiasm for the idea began with bands like "The rolling stones" and "the beatles". These bands in Japan were very popular in Japan while the rest of the world left behind. While to most people overseas isn't that much into it, it still reached millions far away.
Jrock began to form more genres begining with X-Japan. hide the guitarist of the band liked the style of Marylin manso and began to use it. Other bands like Boowy and Glay began to use it but some left it alone. Other new bands also began to run with the idea and created Visual Kei. Visual Kei also has a lighter side to it called Oshare Kei. Bands like Ayabie An Cafe and SuG are reffered as Oshare kei. Neo visualizm is a genre I believe created by Miyavi himself. Breaking from the habits of visual kei and brought traditional Kabuki style and the modern day hiphop/rock/bluegrass together in one.


visual kei- japanese rock groups that emphasize style and appearance.Visual kei bands are characterized by their focus on custumes, makeup, and an elaborate personal presentation.

Oshare Kei- is a branch of the visual kei movement that is characterized by bright, colorful and peppy clothes and upbeat sounding music.

Neo-Visualizm- A sub genre created by the arstist Miyavi featuring the Kabuki Boys
The line up for Miyavi feat the kabuki boys is
Miyavi – vocals, composer, lyricist, vocal percussion, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, electric sitar, Dobro guitar, shamisen, bells, tambourine, Gigpig
Tyko – rapping khoomii beatboxing
Hige-chang – bass guitar
Ryo Yamagata – drums
DJ 1, 2 – turntable
Saro – tap dancing djembe
Yuko Nakakita – percussion
Isao Murakami – Japanese drums
Masahide Sakuma – bass guitar keyboard
Soul Toul – drums
Mitsuru Nasuno – bass guitar
DJ Hanger – turntable
Yoshinari Takegami – saxophone
M.C.A-T – programming
Sugizo – electric guitar
This Genre is Miyavi's alone not sure if many will follow into it.



VISUAL KEI BAND BACK-ON



OSHARE KEI BAND AN CAFE





NEO VISUALIZM/MIYAVI feat KABIKU BOIZ


Posted 12/22/08
kamiki aya
famous jrocker singer
dont have pic of her but she is famous kool and started sing in her junior year in school
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kamiki aya
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dont have pic of her but she is famous kool and started sing in her junior year in school


thanks for the info Ill look her up later
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I think the best way to describe Visual Kei is to post a photo of the best Visual Kei band there ever was
Malice Mizer.

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while they are a good band X-Japan was the start of the Visual Kei scene too bad Kami died


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I think the best way to describe Visual Kei is to post a photo of the best Visual Kei band there ever was
Malice Mizer.



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Visual_Kei_Princess wrote:

while they are a good band X-Japan was the start of the Visual Kei scene too bad Kami died


Ryuniko wrote:

I think the best way to describe Visual Kei is to post a photo of the best Visual Kei band there ever was
Malice Mizer.





Sou. Demo naa...I still think Mana-sama did great, Malice Mizer had the best Visual Kei aura. Basically, the best Visual Kei band, Yoshiki is...>_> Un... Yeah too bad Kami died. Gackt is...yeah~
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Gackt isn't even visual kei but Yoshiki is going through it rough. Mana is great and a wonderful lolita designer




Ryuniko wrote:


Visual_Kei_Princess wrote:

while they are a good band X-Japan was the start of the Visual Kei scene too bad Kami died


Ryuniko wrote:

I think the best way to describe Visual Kei is to post a photo of the best Visual Kei band there ever was
Malice Mizer.





Sou. Demo naa...I still think Mana-sama did great, Malice Mizer had the best Visual Kei aura. Basically, the best Visual Kei band, Yoshiki is...>_> Un... Yeah too bad Kami died. Gackt is...yeah~


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Visual_Kei_Princess wrote:

Gackt isn't even visual kei but Yoshiki is going through it rough. Mana is great and a wonderful lolita designer




Ryuniko wrote:


Visual_Kei_Princess wrote:

while they are a good band X-Japan was the start of the Visual Kei scene too bad Kami died


Ryuniko wrote:

I think the best way to describe Visual Kei is to post a photo of the best Visual Kei band there ever was
Malice Mizer.





Sou. Demo naa...I still think Mana-sama did great, Malice Mizer had the best Visual Kei aura. Basically, the best Visual Kei band, Yoshiki is...>_> Un... Yeah too bad Kami died. Gackt is...yeah~




Yes Gackt was a Visual Kei, back on the Malice Mizer era. Mana still does VKei. And I don't really like Yoshiki. People call him "legend" but I'd say leg-end. Warui naa~`

I mentioned Gackt because there were controversies when Kami died. Especially having it around the time Gackt left and gone solo. Know what I mean? Yeah...never mind.^^
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I feel for Yoshiki though I guess since hide died Yoshiki feels he needs to push his hardest to be the best but he could simmer down a bit and yeah Gackt was in L.A. when kami died and he found out a week later. It was sad and I wonder if Kami even knew he had a hemorage


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Visual_Kei_Princess wrote:

while they are a good band X-Japan was the start of the Visual Kei scene too bad Kami died


Ryuniko wrote:

I think the best way to describe Visual Kei is to post a photo of the best Visual Kei band there ever was
Malice Mizer.





Sou. Demo naa...I still think Mana-sama did great, Malice Mizer had the best Visual Kei aura. Basically, the best Visual Kei band, Yoshiki is...>_> Un... Yeah too bad Kami died. Gackt is...yeah~


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Visual_Kei_Princess wrote:

I feel for Yoshiki though I guess since hide died Yoshiki feels he needs to push his hardest to be the best but he could simmer down a bit and yeah Gackt was in L.A. when kami died and he found out a week later. It was sad and I wonder if Kami even knew he had a hemorage




Hnnn~ if that's how Yoshiki felt, then it goes for Mana-sama too, I think. I don't think Kami knew though, I don't think any of the Mizers knew. Probably, Kami already felt something strange with him, but because of the responsibility he must have felt and the strive for the Mizers brighter future and the thought of not pulling his band down, he probably...didn't pay any attention to it at all. His death was all too sudden

This may be OOT but...I don't think people should say anything bad about Gackt's decision back then tho'.^^ Mizer fans followed him. Hahahaha! What am I saying~ kinishinaide naa?
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It all depends on the fans XD And now Gackt is going to be an american move D: wow Asians are starting to push a long way in america WOOOT! XD Lets take over! lol


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Visual_Kei_Princess wrote:

I feel for Yoshiki though I guess since hide died Yoshiki feels he needs to push his hardest to be the best but he could simmer down a bit and yeah Gackt was in L.A. when kami died and he found out a week later. It was sad and I wonder if Kami even knew he had a hemorage




Hnnn~ if that's how Yoshiki felt, then it goes for Mana-sama too, I think. I don't think Kami knew though, I don't think any of the Mizers knew. Probably, Kami already felt something strange with him, but because of the responsibility he must have felt and the strive for the Mizers brighter future and the thought of not pulling his band down, he probably...didn't pay any attention to it at all. His death was all too sudden

This may be OOT but...I don't think people should say anything bad about Gackt's decision back then tho'.^^ Mizer fans followed him. Hahahaha! What am I saying~ kinishinaide naa?


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It all depends on the fans XD And now Gackt is going to be an american move D: wow Asians are starting to push a long way in america WOOOT! XD Lets take over! lol



Haha! Yeah~ even if I wasn't his fan (which I am) I think I'd still be proud of him. I am Asian after all.^^
Good luck with everythin'
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XD Im only half asian but I still have pride of who I am so I dont let losers bother me xD


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Visual_Kei_Princess wrote:

It all depends on the fans XD And now Gackt is going to be an american move D: wow Asians are starting to push a long way in america WOOOT! XD Lets take over! lol



Haha! Yeah~ even if I wasn't his fan (which I am) I think I'd still be proud of him. I am Asian after all.^^
Good luck with everythin'


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I stopped listening to Malice Mizer since Kami died and Gackt took over. Hasn't really been the same for me since. Same goes for X Japan too, sadly.

Anyways, have you noticed? V-kei is dying down nowadays. Tis a sad time when awesome flashy costumes are going out of date.
Then again, I haven't really been listening to or looking for any newer bands either, so I guess wouldn't really know.
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