Hello Japan! is a monthly mini-challenge focusing on Japanese literature and culture. Each month there will be a new task which relates to some aspect of life in Japan. Anyone is welcome to join in any time. You can post about the task on your blog. Or if you don't have a blog, you can leave a comment on the Hello Japan! post for the month. Everyone who completes the task will then be included in the drawing for that month's prize. For more information, just click on the Hello Japan! button above, or if you have any questions please feel free to email me at inspringthedawn AT gmail DOT com.December's mini-challenge was apparently a bit difficult so something hopefully much simpler this month, and a suggestion by Gnoe and Novroz. I'm always happy to hear suggestions for future Hello Japan! mini-challenges so don't hesitate to send me an email if you have an idea, or two or three.
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Music is pretty big business in Japan. There's J-pop, J-rock, J-rap, R&B, anime music, enka, folk music, music from Kabuki, or Noh, taiko drums, shamisen, and a whole host of other traditional Japanese music and instruments.
BBC Music in Japan Documentary (It's a few years old but still an interesting introduction to Japanese music).
This month's task is to listen to Japanese music. What kind, and how much is completely up to you.
You might already have some favourite Japanese musicians, but regardless, you're sure to find some Japanese music simply by searching Google or YouTube. However, here are a couple of links to perhaps get you started.
List of some Japanese music artists with profile information, and for many of them you can listen to and watch a video of one of their songs.
Listen to Japan-a-Radio, Big B Radio or J-Wave Radio for free online.
Not a music-related prize, but since 2010, the Year of the Tiger, has just begun, one participant who takes part in the challenge this month will be chosen at random to win this Year of the Tiger hanging decoration.
Once you have completed the task, don't forget to come back here to add your link to the Mr. Linky below. Please submit the link to the actual post, not just to your top page, and please only submit links to posts relating to the Hello Japan! task for this month. All other links will be deleted. Thank you for your understanding, and have fun!
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