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What brings you into the world of Jpop?

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Posted: Jan 04, 2008 5:30 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 30 Dec 2007 Posts: 30
My best friend had emailed me Ayumi Hamasaki's "Moments" and "my name's WOMEN" and I listened to them and I LOVED them after that. Ai-chin was my second Jpop artist and SMILY was my first song by her! Giggle
Posted: Jan 13, 2008 3:12 am Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 12 Jan 2008 Posts: 129 Location: Indonesia
The first song that got me interested in the jpop world is Faye Wong's eyes on me and Emiko Shiratori's melodies of life, because I was really crazy about Final Fantasy games at that moment. It was happened around year 1998, I think Nod
Posted: Jan 16, 2008 4:40 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 16 Jan 2008 Posts: 5 Location: Miami, Florida
Well...I think we've all been exposed to j-pop without having even known it. Like, who would have known that at the age of 7, I was watching an anime (Sailor Moon) and that DBZ was NOT American at all? Even when I was...13? 14? Watching Rurouni Kenshin...It never occurred to me that i was being given a dose of Japanese culture -- and J-POP as well with that awesome Heart of Sword song. I tried learning the lyrics. Thanks to my ADHD, I failed. Blank stare

But the realizing that I liked something called J-POP was just...2 yrs ago? A friend of mine, who was just getting into the depths of doramas and such, invited me to this insane Japanese mafia RPG. And well, I needed a model that was Japanese/Asian. Hell, I didn't even know how to search a person's name and so my friend decided to help me out. She first showed me the one and only, YamaPi. And slipped me some Kame, but I was more astonished by how cute YamaPi was. Needless to say, I went on a venture, trying to get a feel for YamaPi and BOOM --- that was the start of the mania.

I'm wandering into the realms of k-dramas and k-pop (who can't avoid DBSK nowadays lol) but I always fall back to j-culture. Nod It's been two years and I am just...god, I just love the stuff. I'm even taking a Japanese class and all, to maybe digress from my English major and minor in Asian studies. It's just insane.

Posted: Jan 17, 2008 12:35 pm Reply with quote
Happy Days Happy Days
Joined: 24 Dec 2007 Posts: 111 Location: Belgium
Lisa018 wrote:
The first song I ever heard of Japanese was Connected from Ayu in Germany you can buy many remixes from her... The next single was "M" (Above an Beyond Remix)

Same for me, though here in Belgium I've never seen any of her remixes in shops. But Still I was looking for decent trance on the net when I bumped into Ayu trance. I loved it so much that I really wanted to know more about her. So I started with Ayu. Later on followed the other J-pop/rock and and K-pop artists...

I have practiced aikido for about 6 years. That's where I learned about Japan. This country began to fascinate me.

Off Topic: I actually got interested in Korean cinema because I had to de a lot of research for a lecture during French lesson about north korea. I wanted to learn something more about Korea and it's people/habits, and it looked on the official site of south korean tourist department. They were featuring a lot of movies there, and by chance I watched one. (bin jip) I have yet seen so many Korean movies I lost the count Wink

From Korean cinema, I also got into Japanese cinema ... but that's another story Laughing
Posted: Feb 03, 2008 3:43 pm Reply with quote
上塩タン焼680円 上塩タン焼680円
Joined: 04 Sep 2007 Posts: 287 Location: Canada & Taiwan
The thing that started me was when I was in Gr.9, some Japanese kids came to my school in Canada and we had to performe them a song. A Japanese song. My teacher taught us this song, SMAP's sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana (I think that was the name) and it started everything. Pratically that was the first Japanese song I sang and I looked it up on the internet and so on. It ended up that I like Otsuka Ai the most but honestly I have no idea why. I remembered the first song of hers I listened to was kingyo hanabi and that's all. I don't even remembered how did I FIND that song. After than I sticked to Otsuka a lot, but later I tried afew other artists' songs and like and dislike some. Anyways, compare to songs in other language ( I mean in really general) I think j-pop has the higest standard, both lyric and the melody.
Posted: Feb 04, 2008 8:01 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 04 Feb 2008 Posts: 18 Location: miri, sarawak, malaysia
the first japanese song i heard is hikki "first love".that is when i started to know about j-pop.but at that time i don't really hook up to it.but after i watch a lot of japanese drama and anime that i begin to fall in love with j-pop.well, hearing all the theme song get me really curious and interested because the music is different and the song is really good. that is when i started to surf the internet and find out more and more about japanese singer. Basically i like the melody and lyrics. Now, i'm totally in love with j-pop.
Posted: Mar 06, 2008 1:46 am Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 04 Mar 2008 Posts: 83 Location: Indonesia
when the first time i watch anime, wow the song is good n nice , but i don't know who is the singer, when i read a magazine, i see 2 japanese name, they are ayumi hamasaki & utada hikaru, i search their song and listen it, their song make me to search more and more another j-pop

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Posted: Mar 12, 2008 10:21 am Reply with quote
金魚花火 金魚花火
Joined: 12 Mar 2008 Posts: 159 Location: Vienna
i came into the world of j-pop because i searched for pic from geishas for school. i found a pic from ai otsuka a website with her music. i wanted to what her music is like and now that i know it i reall ylike it Tongue
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Posted: Mar 12, 2008 12:23 pm Reply with quote
甘えんぼ 甘えんぼ
Joined: 19 May 2007 Posts: 72 Location: Le Royaume
well, when i was in sixth grade i started reading a manga called sugar sugar rune and then i started watching the anime on youtube and i watched some of the AMVs and most of them were to japanese songs. i tried to find some on itunes, and the first one i could find was "Amazing Kiss" by BoA. so ever since then, ive been getting more and more into it, and i DEFINATELY LOVE AI-CHIN THE MOST!!! Boogie Boogie Love Love
Posted: Apr 16, 2008 5:38 pm Reply with quote
さくらんぼ さくらんぼ
Joined: 16 Apr 2008 Posts: 35 Location: Brooklyn, NY
i found jpop through kingdom hearts and final fantasy X-2, lol. i knew of utada hikaru and koda kumi first back then. but now i'm into alot more artists.
Posted: Apr 16, 2008 9:31 pm Reply with quote
クラゲ, 流れ星 クラゲ, 流れ星
Joined: 10 Oct 2006 Posts: 3587 Location: Sweden
^ haha, same as me. Giggle 1000 words, Real Emotion, Hikari and Passion. Tongue i don't listen to Koda, though.
Posted: Jul 06, 2008 2:05 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 04 Jul 2008 Posts: 25
I first heard 'YOU' by ayumi hamasaki right after she released 'Song for XX'. After that I really only followed her until I played FFX-2 and then I followed Kumi Koda and looked around at other artist, like Ai-chin and sifow wich led me to the community blog! Eventually I figred out that there was a forum too Tongue
Posted: Aug 02, 2008 10:10 am Reply with quote
Joined: 15 Apr 2006 Posts: 450 Location: NEWS World
The First Japanese song I've heard are Planetarium and Wish. So that made me a fan of Ai Otsuka and from that day on I listened to J-pop too.
Posted: Sep 09, 2008 2:41 pm Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 09 Sep 2008 Posts: 10
I was 11 when I first got on the internet and I got new friends. They told me to watch some anime, so I did, and I quickly started hearing very nice tunes. My friends on the internet were listening to songs from Ayumi Hamasaki and Boa and I wanted to try it out. I first got hooked to Boa, but I hardly ever know where to place her. She is Korean from origin, but her japanese singles and albums are also amazing. I guess that's why I consider her a J-pop singer?
By the time I was 13 my favourite singers were Ayumi Hamasaki, Boa and Utada Hikaru.
Especially Utada Hikaru got to me, I even wrote a school paper about her, about her life and singles and my fellow students and teachers were very interested.
Now I'm almost 16 and I'm still listening to the same artists, because I've gotten used to their music and I know I will like their songs. Every once in a while I try out new artists and listen to their songs, because J-pop will always be my number one music genre. People around me don't understand me, because they believe the youth of today should and HAS TO listen to rap music. I disagree big time.
Posted: Sep 18, 2008 12:49 am Reply with quote
桃ノ花ビラ 桃ノ花ビラ
Joined: 18 Sep 2008 Posts: 7 Location: Indonesia
I started listening jPop because of anime, and then I quit for a while and move into Kpop..
But after I saw a-nation dvds, here I am, back to JPOP...
I like Ai, Mai, b'z, remioromen, AAA the most
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