Thought we’d share some classic Japanese songs and dramas since everyone’s obsessing over Netflix’s “Terrace House”!
Since we’re all bored at home during this quarantine and need more stuff to watch and listen to, we decided to provide some popular Japanese songs and dramas.
Obviously, there’s so many damn classics that came from that tiny island, so we’re not going to be covering a lot of them, but here’s a few that just came up off the top of our heads.
“Keisuke Kuwata – Ashita Hareru Kana (桑田佳祐 – 明日晴れるかな)” — “Operation Love (プロポーズ大作戦)“
Keisuke Kuwata (桑田佳祐), famously known from the Japanese rock band Southern All Stars (サザンオールスターズ), released his 9th single, “Ashita Hareru Kana – 明日晴れるかな” back in 2007 and it was featured on Fuji TV’s “Operation Love (プロポーズ大作戦)” also known as “Proposal Daisauksen”
“Proposal Daisakusen” was a popular 11-episode rom-com series starring the popular singer/actor Tomohisa Yamashita (山下 智久) and award-winning actress Masami Nagasawa (長澤まさみ).
Here’s a fan-made trailer for the drama if you haven’t seen it already.
“K – Only Human” — “Litre of Tears (1リットルの涙)”
Pop and R&B singer K came out with the track “Only Human” in early 2006 with his album, “Beyond the Sea.” The song ended up being featured in the drama “1 Litre of Tears (1リットルの涙)” which made millions of fans cry.
This drama is based on a true story of a 15-year-old girl named Aya Kito, who ended up suffering from ALS, a degenerative disease, and died at the age of 25. Aya kept a diary from when she was diagnosed, which then got published and sold over 1.1 million copies in Japan.
Here are some of the best scenes from the drama.
“Remioromen (レミオロメン) – March 9th (3月9日) & Konayuki (粉雪)” — “Litre of Tears (1リットルの涙)”
Since “1 Litre of Tears” was such an iconic series, we had to cover two more of their featured songs — Remioromen (レミオロメン) – March 9th (3月9日) and Konayuki (粉雪). Here are the live performances for both tracks.
Remioromen, a popular rock band from Japan from 2000-2012, came out with these two tracks — with both of them landing a spot on the show’s soundtrack. The main star and her classmates rehearsed “March 9th” as part of a school singing competition, adding more sentimental value to an already emotional situation.
Here’s a clip of the class performance …
“Toshinobu Kubota (久保田 利伸) – La La La Love Song“ — “Long Vacation”
Let’s go back to the ’90s real quick! R&B Singer Toshinobu Kubota (久保田 利伸) released his song “La La La Love Song” for his ninth studio album “La La La Love Thang” in 1996. He’s always had presence in the music industry but after his track was featured in the romantic drama, “Long Vacation,” his career skyrocketed.
“Long Vacation” was an 11-episode series featuring the all-around stud Takuya Kimura (木村 拓哉) and actress/singer Tomoiko Yamaguchi (山口 智子). Considering this show had KimuTaku (キムタク) as the lead, they ended up pulling one of the highest ratings at that time.
Here’s a little preview of their show.
Hikaru Utada (宇多田ヒカル) – First Love — “Majo no Joken (魔女の条件)”
Staying with the ’90s feel, we had to bring up Hikaru Utada (宇多田ヒカル).
She released her song, “First Love,” in 1999 and was eventually featured on the Japanese drama “Majo no Joken (魔女の条件)” starring Hideaki Takizawa (滝沢 秀明) and Japanese horror “The Ring (Ringu)” actress Nanako Matsushima (松嶋 菜々子).
She recently had a song with DJ and producer Skrillex called “Face My Fears,” which was used as the opening theme song for “Kingdom Hearts III” … allowing her to get some mainstream traction.
Born in NY, she moved to Japan to pursue her career in J-pop and R&B. She had an amazing decades-long career in Asia, but eventually flew back to the states to try to become a bigger star.
People say her old music is her best music, but let us know your thoughts!
Anyway, we’re aware there’s plenty of other amazing songs, but go jam out to some of the hot classics we shared, while sippin’ on an ice-cold Chu-Hi!