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5 Japanese Bands Influenced by British Rock

Expand your musical horizons with these rock bands that looked to England for inspiration.

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Culture

5 Obscure Japanese Music Genres You’ve Probably Never Heard

If you’re into Japanese city pop like Mariya Takeuchi, here are five more genres to become obsessed with.

By 6 min read

Culture

5 Easy Japanese Karaoke Songs

Sing your heart out and impress your friends at your next karaoke party with these simple songs in Japanese.

By 6 min read

Learn

The 5 Cheapest Places to Get Used Musical Instruments in Japan

Looking for deals on guitars or keyboards? Here are the best places to check—and the good news is you don’t have to live in Tokyo to benefit.

By 5 min read

Culture

Five J-Rock Artists for Anime Fans to Get Into for 2020

Add these killer bands to your otaku playlist.

By 4 min read

Live

GaijinPot Staff Coronavirus Quarantine Playlist

From J-pop to Heavy Metal, here are some tunes to fill the social distancing void.

By 13 min read

Culture

Kimigayo: A Guide to Japan’s Controversial National Anthem

A dive into the shortest, most contentious national anthem in the world.

By 15 min read

Explore

Fuji Rock Festival 2019 Lineup Announced

Netizens cannot contain their excitement.

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Culture

Japan Summer Music Festival Guide: Oh No, Let’s Go!

Fuji Rock, Summer Sonic and the whole shebang offer up your choice of rock, pop, jazz, EDM and more in the great outdoors.

By 6 min read

Culture

It’s a Long Way to the Top: Starting a Band in Japan

Tips on finding bandmates, places to practice, spots to play live and more for anyone who wants to play music in Japan.

By 6 min read

Culture

Summer Music Festival Frenzy 2017

Japan’s summer music festival season is back, bringing headliners like LCD Soundsystem and the Foo Fighters to mountains and stadiums across the nation.

By 7 min read

Culture

Ten Essential Songs for Your Japanese Christmas Party

Wow (or is it torture?) your guests with this ultimate playlist of Japanese Christmas songs.

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