How I Got Into Japanese Music (Part 1)

If you were ever wondering how a Canadian kid from the 90s got into Japanese music and then moved halfway around the world to Tokyo for a year, this is my story. 

At the young age of 9 or so, I was first exposed to the world of Japanese music. For a young Canadian kid to hear music in a different language from halfway around the world,  this was actually pretty incredible. This was ages before I really knew what the internet was capable of. For all I knew there wasn't nothing beyond instant messaging and Neopets. We're talking about how Youtube wasn't even a thing yet. 

Back on track, yes, I was in elementary school in Canada. Sure, we had anime streaming on the TV: reruns of Sailor Moon, Cardcaptor Sakura, Yu-Gi-Oh, Pokemon, and Beyblade. However, the majority of those shows featured English songs. My first, true experience with Japanese music was thanks to a certain someone. 

Tired - Feb '17 Playlist

“As the sky prepares to settle its tired, aching feet into the night’s velvet slippers I settle, into my armchair, soaking the teabag, of my thoughts, into warm liquidy stars.” - Sanober Khan

I hate my tiredness. 

Why I Didn't Enjoy ONE OK ROCK's Ambitions

I skipped through the entire album. Probably a misjudgment on my part as a reviewer but hey, it's how I reacted to this supposedly solid album with sure hits. I was not impressed with the Ambitions declared by ONE OK ROCK. The whole album was chiseled and sheened to be a shiny pop rock album. And that was the whole problem. It felt so manufactured and calculated. So out of touch of what I want. So in touch with what I should have expected. 

Soundtrack for 2016 - A Year in Albums and Singles

2016 has a been a strange year. Musically, there were a lot of new acts I enjoyed and great material from acts I followed. The year began with a bang, I got to see several Japanese artists such as Base Ball Bear, Do As Infinity, Aimer, Tanizawa Tomofumi, TK, and many more. How surreal it is to experience these artists for my own ears and eyes. I'm proud I took the initiative to live in Japan. I'm proud I did it all by myself. I'm proud I achieved my dream. Here is my soundtrack for 2016! For the frustrating times, the happy times, the lonely times, and everything in between. Hope these albums bring as much as joy and comfort as they did for me! (Note: All are listed in no particular order.)

LANY - Soundtrack for Daydreams

Music is constantly on in my house. It's on when I wake up, before I sleep. It's on when I'm working, studying, eating, or doing absolutely nothing. Which rises the problem of choosing what to listen to. I need music to make me feel and the vast inventory available is overwhelming. Hit or Miss can be the caption of my life. However, upon occasion you find a band you fall completely in love with. LANY came into my life and made it so much better.

Thoughts in Knots - Dec '16 Playlist

This year, I have never felt so alone and so loved. When I was abroad, there was moment where I wanted to drop everything and return home. I ran away from people, just to see how much they meant to me. I ran away from problems, just to see if the pain would go away. I also ran away from myself, ignoring what I really needed.