(December 2009~! yet another re~posting Σ(￣◇￣*)！) I really thought I would have more songs♪♪ to add here….and if anything pops~* up I'll be sure to update this post~ but for now this is for anyone who hasn't enjoyed these wonderful J-Pop Christmas♥songs just yet~…..minnasan have a very merry Christmas♥ and I hope these songs♪♪ can add a little bit more cheer* and brightness～＊ to your holiday♥season~ o(*´∀｀)o゛
(From 2008's reposting….) Someone was a bit too lazy 😛 to write an all new post and I really just had two more songs to add this year so instead of uploading them separately I've just added them to last year's Christmas post just in case anyone missed any of the previous 12 Christmas songs. In the event in which I think of any more songs to add I'll just update this post. ^ ^
It's Christmas eve here in Hawaii and I'd first of all like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!! It's just been over a year since I first joined VOX and my first blogging experience. I'd like to say thank you to everyone who's ever visited this site, posted a comment, or just found something amusing by chance. 🙂
The cutest Christmas card arrived from Paul Thomas over at Hello!Blog. I think it's wonderful when friends make their own cards as it brings a nice personal touch to the greeting. Merry Christmas Paul and thank you for the card! 🙂
p.s. I will be having a nice Berryz Christmas! And you wrote your name correctly in Japanese characters! 😀
Christmas "miracles" do come true as I learned today! After months of no luck…today on the eve of Christmas I was at the right place at the right time and finally was able to purchase a Wii!!!
I just can't believe how difficult it is to find one of these! And after seeing members of Momusu try their hand at this console the attraction grew even greater albeit some of those games I don't think are available here (yet?). This Wii bundle comes with 2 sets of controllers and 2 games along with the base console and was priced significantly lower than what it would have cost if the accessories had been purchased separately. Heheh I hope that I'm still able to use my arms tomorrow after a night of Wii overload. 😛
Christmas songs can truly be timeless parts of our lives and here I've chosen
12 14 songs that I've acquired over the years as J-Pop artists occasionally release them during this time of year and many become quite endeared tracks. So if you're looking to add some cute to your Christmas this year, all 12 14 tracks have been uploaded to help give this holiday season a J-Pop flavor to it. Hopefully some of these songs will inspire you to check out some of their other releases as well. :) (Previous 12 songs uploaded by courtesy of 808 Monkey!) (2 newly added songs uploaded directly to VOX as mp3's)
The first added song is Amuro Namie's soothing track "White Light" which was released on November 16th, 2005…I really should have had this song up last year but somehow it slipped passed me!
And the second added track is Larc~en~ciel's "Hurry Xmas" which was released on November 14th, 2007…I really ♥ this song as it's a mixture of jazz and rock and Hyde's voice is just purely awesome no matter what style of song he sings…just amazing emotion and range! And here's the pv…..it's really cute too with all of the Santas running wild! ^ ^
First Next is Kato Noriko's Winter pop classic "Fuyu ga kita" which was released back on January 15th, 1998. One of Japan's cutest idols, Kato Noriko ventured into J-Pop and released 3 albums and a modest number of singles along with a few shashinshuu releases while also appearing in t.v. dramas. Click Click here to download "Fuyu ga kita."
Ah the days when 3" Cd singles still ruled Japan's music landscape! "Christmas Time" was written by Zard's Sakai Izumi and she also makes a guest appearance here with a nice touch of background vocals. Easily one of the most catchy J-Pop Christmas songs that I've ever encountered and it would be 6 years later nearly to the day that Zard would record their own version of this inspired tune. Barbier's version of "Christmas Time" was released on November 22nd, 1995. Click here to download Barbier's version of "Christmas Time."
Ribbon, one of J-Pops most vocally talented groups from the 90's released a mini Christmas album titled "Hoshi no ki no shita de…" back on November 20th, 1992 and here's my favorite song from this mini holiday collection…"Merry Kiss, Holy Smile" which adds a nice rock spin to the feeling of Christmas! Click here to download "Merry Kiss, Holy Smile."
You may remember an episode of Hello! Morning where several members had "Fukuyama Mania!!" 😀 One of J-Pop's most beloved artists/musicians Fukuyama Masaharu delivers a instant classic with his heartfelt song "Heart of Xmas" which was the b-side to his single release "Peach!!" This single was released on November 5th, 1998 but transcends time seamlessly as I think you'll agree. Click here to download "Heart of Xmas."
Pony Canyon's sister group to Ribbon also released a mini album back on November 7th, 1990 and here we find the sweet Christmas melody of "The First Snow." Anyone interested in experiencing the sounds of a J-Pop girl group which helped pave the way for today's artists including H!P should give CoCo a listen! Quite simply my first J-Pop idol love which includes the "original" J-Pop "anime" voice of Miura Rieko. 🙂 Click here to download "The First Snow."
One of Johnny's Entertainment family's now more senior groups, the Kinki Kids released a very catchy holiday season tune as the b-side to their single "Happy Happy Greeting" which was released on December 9th,1998. Here are one of J-Pop's most vocally talented male duos! Click here to download "Cinderella Christmas."
Another of my favorite J-Pop loves Moritaka Chisato who's had a special relationship with Hello! Project in recent years as a few of her songs have been re-recorded by members of the H!P family including Minimoni, Gocchin, Nacchi & Ayaya. Along with her substantial hand in the writing process, Moritaka Chisato also has one of the most distinctively different voices in J-Pop. This beautiful single was released on November 19th, 1997. Click here to download "Snow Again."
Another J-Pop Christmas classic from Sakai Noriko, "Nan ni mo shinai Christmas" brings a vibrant international dance flavor to the season with this infectious melody! As the b-side to her single "Tabun taboo", this holiday gem was released on November 6th, 1992. Definitely one of the sweetest voices to grace Japan's airwaves, Sakai Noriko has developed into an established actress as well! Click here to download "Nan ni mo shinai Christmas."
Smap's 14th album brings us the great Christmas tune "Ai no hi~kimi to merry christmas~" Even J-Pop fans not familiar with Smap will find this tune irresistible! Click here to download "Ai no hi~kimi to merry christmas~."
As aforementioned, six years nearly to the day after Barbier's version of "Christmas Time" was released, Zard finally presented us with their touch on this wonderful Christmas song! The song appeared on Zard's "Zard Blend II~Leaf & Snow~" which was released on November 21st, 2001. Both versions have a nice different appeal to them and I'd recommend listening to them back to back. Click here to download Zard's version of "Christmas Time."
Ah and no Christmas collection would be complete without a Hello! Project tune…
…and happily back on November 27th, 2002 the Hello! Project family gave us just that!! This release seemed to be a bit of an obscure project and I just happened to come across it one day on the internet. A brilliant coupling of top Japanese enka singers along with the youth of Hello! Project, "Ai no Merry Christmas" blends both worlds beautifully into a wonderous winter ensemble! Quite possibly one of the most unique pairings of vastly different worlds this release stands as a truly timeless vision of these eras and what's possible when one dares to cross their paths together. While the main vocals are performed by Itsuki Hiroshi & Horiuchi Takao, two household names in Japanese folk music, the sweet touch is supplied by the ensemble of members pictured above in the form of a choir. The coupling with song
"Tabidatsu kimi ni" is perhaps an even prettier song as Itsuki Hiroshi is paired with the lovely vocals of Nakazawa Yuko & Fujimoto Miki!!! Click here to download "Ai no Merry Christmas."
I hope you enjoy these J-Pop Christmas songs as they'd make a nice holiday collection for years to come or at least I hope so! 🙂
Here's wishing everyone a safe and joyous holiday season & a Happy New Year!!