Cocco’s latest single “NIRAI-KANAI”

J-pop artist Cocco (one of our favorites) recently released her meaningful single “NIRAI-KANAI” on June 9th featuring Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko and artist Curly Giraffe — both are also in the PV. In the PV, Cocco’s holding a jiifaa made by her good friend Kenjiro Matayoshi, a 7th generation maker of Ryukyu kanzeeku. According to her …

Saataa andagii you can’t eat but may enjoy anyway

Having a group named after one of Okinawa’s most well-known sweets, Saataa Andagii is a trio led by Shintaro Yamada (actress Yu Yamada’s younger brother). Formed from the variety show “Quiz! Hexagon II,” one wonders if they’ll become as popular as Shuchishin — also a product of the show. The trio’s first single was released …

Featuring: J-pop unit RYCOME

RYCOME is a new J-pop unit from Okinawa who just released their debut single, “Koi,” on December 16, 2009. The duo of ma-mi (vocals) and Jacky (DJ, chorus) have created a very nice pop song in “Koi” that’s coupled on the single with “Tears of the moon.” The entire PV for “Koi” is up on …

Namie Amuro’s latest album “PAST<FUTURE” is top-selling album

Namie Amuro’s “PAST < FUTURE” was the top selling album this past week, with close to 331,000 units sold. At the age of 32, she has now become the first female solo artist to achieve #1 with an original album in her 10s, 20s, and 30s. She had three of them before her 20th birthday …

In love with Namie Amuro’s “The Meaning Of Us”

Ask me about the song that I’ve been humming a lot of lately and I’ll answer Owl City’s “Fireflies” — not! (*ahem* I’m a fan of The Postal Service.) The song that’s been stuck in my head the past week is Namie Amuro’s “The Meaning Of Us” from her newly released original album, “Past<Future” — …

H&MC to perform at Sakura-Con 2010 – Tokyograph

JapanFiles.com has announced that HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR will be a musical guest at Sakura-Con 2010. This will be their first overseas performance since they added their new vocalist HALCA earlier this year. HALCA joined the group to replace their former vocalist Maki, who left in October 2008 to marry DREAMS COME TRUE’s Masato Nakamura. …

Kiroro’s Chiharu celebrates the birth of her 3rd child

Singer Chiharu Tamashiro (32) of the duo Kiroro is now a mother of three. She gave birth to her newest child, a daughter, on September 29. The baby girl came two weeks earlier than anticipated, but she weighed in at 2,938 grams and is said to be healthy. Tamashiro, who married in 2005, already has …

Fuzzy Control & DREAMS COME TRUE

One great thing to come out of Fuzzy Control‘s joining DCT records (DREAMS COME TRUE‘s indie record label) is the collaborative songs between the two bands and the latest is called “Sono Saki e,” featured in the 4th season of the J-drama “Kyumei Byoto 24 Ji.” Very catchy song and SATOKO rocks the drums! Connection …

Introducing Ayako Miyara

If you’re looking into something on the mellower side than HandMC’s music, you may want to check out J-pop singer Ayako Miyara. The 26-year-old singer moved to Tokyo at the age of 20 to pursue her dream of making it as a singer and formed the unit ‘ciso’ which disbanded in 2002. Since going solo …