Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru

Utada Hikaru (宇多田 ヒカル ) is an incredibly successful Japanese-American singer and songwriter, garnering acclaim not only in Japan but internationally. If you happen to play video games, you might recognize her for her theme song contributions to the Kingdom Hearts series. She is fluent in English as a result of being born and raised in Manhattan, New York. Her classmates had trouble pronouncing her … Continue reading Meet the Artist: Utada Hikaru

CRYSTAL LAKE UK Tour 2019

Metalcore is a worldwide sub-genre which many people from many different countries adore. Fans of this hard hitting musical will be pleased to know that the Japanese metalcore band CRYSTAL LAKE will be visiting the UK for two nights on their latest 2019 tour as well as a spot at Download Festival. Their latest tour will move from their homeland of Japan before moving into Europe and into … Continue reading CRYSTAL LAKE UK Tour 2019

Welcome to Sounds of the Rising Sun!

Hi, welcome to the Sounds of the Rising Sun blog, I’m Samantha the owner of this site. This blog is dedicated to sharing and appreciating Japanese music and the rich culture which goes along with it. Sounds of the Rising Sun will cover a range of topics which include live, album and single reviews, opinion pieces, news, meet the artist pieces, Japanese culture and much … Continue reading Welcome to Sounds of the Rising Sun!