Hello Japan! January: Japanese Music
January 9, 2010 § 7 Comments
Hello Japan! mini-challenge is a monthly challenge about anything related to Japan, hosted by Tanabata at In Spring it is the Dawn. This month, the theme is about Japanese music. And of course, I just couldn’t resist.
I’ve been a big fan of Japanese anime for a while now, and I also love watching J-Drama quite a bit. When it comes to Japanese music, I pick up a lot on the soundtracks used in the anime and dramas/movies I watch.
But instead of J-pop or J-rock, which I have to say is becoming increasingly popular, I thought I might introduce some of you to a Japanese music composer, Joe Hisaishi.
I actually know nothing about more about this man than what Wikipedia has told me. But the fact that he composed the songs for the Studio Ghibli has made me just love this man. How does anyone compose music so so beautiful?
Among my favourite pieces of music come from My Neighbour Totoro and Princess Mononoke. But my favouritest piece of music composed by Joe Hisaishi has to be the cello piece played in the movie Departures, or Okuribito. The movie was reviewed by Chasing Bawa HERE. For those who’ve watched the movie, you’ll know which piece I’m talking about. For those who haven’t, be prepared to be completely moved by it.
There’s really not much to write about. When we talk about music, what better way than to have a sampling of it? I’ve put 4 pieces by Joe Hisaishi in the player here. It’s my first time putting audio on a blog post, so let’s hope it works alright, and that it loads at a reasonable speed.
(If it takes a while to load, or if it plays in bits, click ‘pause’ and let it load for a while before playing it.)
I hope you enjoyed them. Let me know what you think.