Best of Japanese Indie Music

These musicians are worth listening to. From my blog Japan Music Corner

Best of Japanese Indie Music 2016


Tokyo based pop-rock group Nicoten have a professional and upbeat sound

Easy Come

Indie band Easy Come play a captivating City Pop and pop sound

Japonesque Musique

Japonesque Musique was originated by DJ Takaha that fuses house and techno music with Japanese traditional sounds

Quietly Excited Penguin

Quietly Excited Penguin are refreshingly different and have their own unique sound

Recommended Japanese Indie Music

My current favourite Japanese indie musicians from my music blog called Japan Music Corner

South Penguin

South Penguin are a new pop-rock group from Tokyo with a melodic beat


Macaroom are an electronica pop group that incorporates martial arts, literature, and science & technology into their good music

Maiko Nagisa

Maiko Nagisa is a jazz pianist with a bright future

Often Mofun

Often Mogun is a pop or city pop group from Tokyo

Cider Girl

Cider Girl are an indie rock band with a developed sound

Kurofune 黒船

Kurofune 黒船 are musicians who combine Shimauta music of Amani and Kagoshima Prefecture with pop and jazz. They successfully combine the traditional with the modern. The key performers of Kurofune are Sekiya Yuki bassist from TRI4TH, Anna Sato, a shimauta singer and shimisen player from Amani Island, and Hikari Shirafuji, who plays tsugaru-jamisen from the group Ki & Ki Tsugaru Shamisen.

Recommended Japanese indie music from my blog Japan Music Corner


This the latest from Yukeufumei 行方不明 an indie electro pop duo from Tokyo



Kiki are an exciting new indie pop band with a new type of sound



Kurofune are a jazz and shimauta band that successfully combines the traditional with the modern


Honeydew are an alternative rock band that started in Brooklyn, New York but returned to Tokyo

Fox Capture Plan

Fox Capture Plan are an excellent jazz-pop-rock band

Japanese Music Recommendations

Longman an exciting up and coming punk rock band.  See upcoming article on my music blog

Shin Rizumu is a talented sing-songwriter for such a young age
For good Japanese rock check out My Hair is Bad
TINÖRKS is a very talented folkronica, acoustic, and electronica group worth listening to
Jun Miyakawa is a very skilled jazz pianist who also plays Rhodes and Wurlitzer

Chihiro Yamanaka at San Jose Jazz Festival

Pianist, composer, arranger, and producer Chihiro Yamanaka performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival with her trio on Saturday August 8th 2015. She wowed the audience with a powerful and captivating performance and showed that she is a top talent in the jazz world. At the festival Chihiro showed the audience her skill and creativity with her own compositions like 2:30 Rag, Rain Rain Rain (Fukushima tribute), and Insight Foresight, as well as, standards such as Summertime, Take 5, and even Beethoven with equal aplomb. Ms. Yamanaka is very popular in the US, Europe, and especially Japan. Her recently released album is called Syncopation Hazard 7-15-2015 UCCQ-2024 CD & DVD on Blue Note with Chihiro Yamanaka pianist, Yoshi Waki Bass, and John Davis drums. Recommended.

Courtesy of Blue Note Records