I figured I’d milk the name of this blog and as a result we’ll be journeying across Magellan’s “Peaceful” sea (the Pacific Ocean) to see what Japan has to offer. This came about through unlikely circumstances as my navigator was an unlikely one, Youtube’s recommended videos and up next feature. Usually I don’t trust this feature because more often than not the algorithm just throws up songs with a lot of views rather than songs similar to what you’re listening to but one day I noticed that the algorithm had a different, nostalgic strategy to entice me. An old song from a playlist I made years ago filled with interesting Japanese music popped up because the band had made a music video for the song and as soon as I clicked it I was sent on a journey through the wonders of contemporary Japanese Rock and Pop.
Now I am most definitely not a proponent of anime nor a Japanese culture enthusiast but when I stumbled upon what could be considered Japan’s Indie Rock movement with powerful guitar driven songs, complex melodies and compositions I couldn’t help but explore. I started at a couple of different locations to give myself a broad scope of the music scene.