Recommended Japanese Indie Music December 2017
From my music blog called Japan Music Corner
“I want to popularize and present quality Japanese music — J-pop, j-rock, and jazz etc., to the world. International music of all types have little exposure in this country because the music industry only plays and promotes American and Western popular music to the detriment of other styles. We believe Japanese music is equally as good as Western music if given the opportunity. Japan Music Corner believes in music equality and the understanding and appreciation of all music”
Miho is a competent indie singer, songwriter, producer, and arranger from Kawasaki
Ayumi Koketsu is a professional and elegant alto sax player from Tokyo.
Ki-ichi Beer The Holy Proximity キイチビール＆ザ・ホーリーティッツ
Ki-ichi Beer The Holy Proximity are an original indie rock group with their own sound while having fun.
Miz are an acoustic guitar playing duo from Tokyo.
New music worth listening:
Ai Namida なみだ 藍
Ai Namida is an indie pop singer-songwriter from Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. She started playing since junior high and began to win awards.
Yureru Dress is an indie rock band from the Kansai (Osaka) region in Japan.
Those who are wise have lived a lifetime with ears open and willingness to not only experience truth, but to pursue it as well.
Wisdom is gained by:
Listening to your elders.
They have walked a longer path than you.
Seeking all that is true.
Wisdom lies with honesty not deception
Realizing that education is never ending.
Even death is the final lesson.
Learning from mother nature.
Her wisdom is infinite.
The greatest obstacle to the internal nature is the mind. If it relies on logic such as white man’s mind, the domain of the inner nature is inaccessible. The simple fact is man does not challenge the wisdom of the Holy Mystery.
Turtleheart, Teton Sioux
From “365 Day of Walking the Red Road: The Native American Path to Leading a Spiritual Life Every Day”
Early autumn –
Rice field, ocean,
Birth of art –
song of rice planters,
chorus from nowhere.
I seek lodging –
Not one traveler
braves this road –
Journey’s end —
still alive, this
Matsuo Basho is one of my favorite haiku poets because his poems are well written, witty, humorous, and honest.
Penguin Little Black Classics
Matsuo Basho “Lips to Chilled”
No-one speaks alone
not even silence
a house for everyone
Over the guitar
the hand falls
Even in Cuba
if the birds sings
I long for Cuba
I have no feet
only hands that touch
No swell of the ocean
if it’s not between one grain
of salt and another
like the dot on the lives
of some letters
Orlando Gonzalez Esteva is a haiku poet born in Palma Soriano, Cuba but currently living in Miami. He published poems and essays in United States, Mexico, and Spain. His works have been praised by Mexican Poet Octavio Paz. Gonzalez translated a Spanish version of haiku master Kobayashi Issa and is working on versions of Basho, Buson, and Shiki.
I spoke, they said: quiet!
I kept quiet, they said: speak!
speak/quiet, quiet/speak my life.
I wander around the world.
less and less of me.
the only passengers
passing the border
roads are not measured by miles.
roads are not measured by kilometers.
roads are measured by the heart.
it,s easy to believe in God.
in Man difficult.
POET IN PRISON
it,s all in vain.
here is my shadow.
I am beyond the shutters.
earth, water, sun, air
what is freedom waiting for?
to be brought tied up in blood chains?!
Agim Vinca was born in Veleshta in Macedonia and is a poetry critic and poet. He freely speaks his mind and is honest about social issues and concerns. He studied Albanian language and literature from the University of Prishtina and taught contemporary literature until expelled by the Serbian military. He currently teaches literature in Prishtina in Kosovo.
From my music blog called Japan Music Corner
Rollo and Leaps
Rollo and Leaps are a worthy new Japanese rock-pop band to listen to with a nice rhythmic guitar influenced sound.
Shin Rizumu シンリズム is an intelligent and very talented young pop-rock singer-songwriter from Kobe who has ability beyond his years.
Futarino Bungaku ふたりの文学 have the right formula for success with Miho Tsujibayashi as the lead singer who is also a composer, songwriter, and arranger and have competent band members.
Wallflower are a indie pop band from Osaka with a new singer named Eri Nakajima and have developed a sophisticated sound.
More cool music
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Pepa Kondova was born in Gabrovo, Bulgaria and has an inviting haiku style. She has been a member of the Bulgarian Haiku Club and World Haiku Association (WHA) member. Pepa has been published in Bulgaria, Europe, and World Haiku anthologies.
The human soul:
An innermost book.
Unread it remains
A piece of happiness
With a scent of bread
Coming and passing away
The native home
I see in my dreams
In my longing – the seas
heavenly swings –
a summer festival
On a bicycle
the sun is chasing
the summer day.
on a white square.
Light is everywhere.