Looking for quality Japanese songs that will improve my Japanese.
July 24, 2014 8:43 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for good Japanese songs or artists that will teach me new, useful words or phrases so that I can improve. I read articles in Japanese too, but words seem to 'stick' better when I am listening to a song and going over the kanji and hiragana at the same time. Details inside.
posted by Kamelot123 to Writing & Language (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
By useful, I mean words/phrases that I can use in everyday life, not songs with lyrics like "The sword of liiiiight will vanquish the daaaarknessss" (although I like those songs too). In other words, I'm looking for reasonably intelligent lyrics - hopefully with a catchy melody as well.
Also, I would say that I'm at a semi-advanced level of proficiency and can speak conversationally just fine. So, I'm looking for songs that might feature lyrics that deal with a bit more difficult subject matter, or introduce words/phrases/idioms that I might not know. (SO NO AKB48!!!) Classics, popular songs, little known songs, it doesn't matter. Any type of music - upbeat, sad, uplifting, setsunai, emotional, rockin', etc. - is welcome.
I'll give some examples of artists I like so you can get an idea of what I like: Mr. Children, Bump of Chicken, Utada Hikaru, X Japan, Oda Kazumasa, Hirai Ken, B'z, Spitz, Moriyama Naotaro, Kotoko, Funky Monkey Babys, Ikimono Gakari.
I'm forgetting some others. Oh well. Anyhow, I'm looking forward to "hearing" what you all come up with! Hyuk hyuk.
PS: Songs from the artists that I listed above would be much appreciated as well.