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

Gamushara (我夢者羅) by Q’ulle Album Review

Release date: 16 January 2019 Genres: J-Pop, Rock, J-Rock Gamushara is a wild album and much of my time listening to each track was filled with both delight and puzzlement. Is it rock? Pop? Metal? Rap? More like an eclectic mixture of the genres mishmashed into a beautifully bizarre album creating 46 minutes of pure bliss for the ears. Gamushara starts off with its opening … Continue reading Gamushara (我夢者羅) by Q’ulle Album Review

Meet the Artist: Tatsuro Yamashita

The Man, The Legend Tatsuro Yamashita (達郎 山下) was all the rage in Japan during the 1970s and 1980s. In the same way Michael Jackson was known as the “King of Pop,” Tatsuro Yamashita was known as the “King of City Pop”, a genre he helped pioneer. Originally part of the band Sugar Babe with Kunio Muramatsu and Taeko Ohnuki in 1973, the group would … Continue reading Meet the Artist: Tatsuro Yamashita

Exploring Anime: “Touch Off” by Uverworld (from The Promised Neverland)

Openings in anime come with music from across genre lines. For a Shoujo-Romance, you might get a standard J-Pop tune, or you might get a punk-rock ballad. Individual artists that cross into the anime world can also be pretty diverse, and nowhere else is that more apparent than with the band Uverworld. For this edition of Exploring Anime, we’ll be focusing on their song from … Continue reading Exploring Anime: “Touch Off” by Uverworld (from The Promised Neverland)

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!