How Japanese Music Changed My Life - Pt 2 / by Storyaboutagirl

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Something else that I tried for about one year in University was learning to write a few lines from a song every week, to help practice my Japanese.  I think I had about forty odd songs by the time I stopped.  If you read the list it also gives some insight into my taste in music.  There are a lot of JRock and Visual Kei (pronounced ‘K’) songs on it.  These days I listen to these genres the most and to be honest they have had the biggest impact on my life.

VK was something I was first introduced to when I started listening to Dir en Grey.  To be honest I appreciate how talented the band are but they are a little heavy for my taste.  My real love for VK however, kind of began with Kuroyume.

“X-Japan, Luna Sea ni Kuroyume, senpai kata ga nokoshita michi shirube” -Miyavi, “Sakihokoru hana no yo ni –NEO VISUALIZM”

“X-Japan, Luna Sea ni Kuroyume, senpai kata ga nokoshita michi shirube” -Miyavi, “Sakihokoru hana no yo ni –NEO VISUALIZM”

VK was something I was first introduced to when I started listening to Dir en Grey.  To be honest I appreciate how talented the band are but they are a little heavy for my taste.  My real love for VK however, kind of began with Kuroyume.  My friend took me to a second hand CD store in Tokyo where the sales clerk asked what kind of music I liked.  She mentioned T.M. Revolution and rock music and he recommended Kuroyume although, at the time they had no Kuroyume CDs in the store.

I had the clerk make a note for me and several months later I remembered and looked the band up on YouTube.  I watched the video for “Like @ Angel” and fell in love, but I couldn’t find any other songs I liked.  About a year later however, I rediscovered Kiyoharu’s (Kuroyume’s lead singer) “Slow,” which had been the opening to the anime “Yamato Nadesiko” and began to watch lots of his solo work on YouTube.  I fell in love and eventually ended up buying several CDs whilst on holiday in Japan.

“Aa kimi o omou yoru wa, amaku kaoru kaze no naka ni, nagusameru you na yasashi saga boku o toorisugiru yo”

But VK isn’t just about the music, it is also about the look.  Even before listening to VK I was interested in Japanese style, in particular Lolita Goth, or Loli Goth, but on a shopping trip I came across a store selling Japanese gothic and rock clothes with a kind of visual style...

The last and final part coming soon. Part 3 - The Inspired!