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Shed Some Tears: The Most Touching Japanese Songs

Every once in a while, a song comes along that besides being a really good song, makes us feel something. Sometimes, we can be so touched by a song that it makes us cry, laugh, reminisce. Here are my picks for the top five most touching Japanese songs:

# 5 “Forgiveness” – Ayumi Hamasaki

(used the Memorial Address cover because the single cover is creepy as all heck)

Where did this Ayu go? This Ayu was creative and had awesome vocals. Its like the Ayu we have now is a completely different person! This song is perfectly calming because of the soft singing. It swells at the chorus into something bigger, more powerful than itself. I miss the old Ayu.

#4 “Tabidachi no Uta” – Mr. Children

Maybe I chose this song because I love Koizora and watched it three times in a row once. Its a bittersweet song and much like the movie it was in, is about moving forward.

#3 “Hoshi no Suna” – GACKT

A widely overlooked song, this b-side from G’s Tsuki no Uta single really makes you feel like he is singing the entire thing with tears in his eyes. The simple piano and GACKT’s soft voice couple well together and work wonders at giving the listener goosebumps.

#2 “Snow White” – D

When this song came out, it received a lot of criticism from die-hard visualists for being, well, a ballad. Others praised its beauty and emotion. I love this song because its simple and tragic. Plus, you get to hear Asagi’s voice shine in an area outside of snarling. His vibratto is excellent and this borderline opera song definitely made me cry. Truly touching.

#1 “Kingyo Hanabi” – Ai Otsuka

I really could have said “virtually every Ai Otsuka ballad” here, but this song is special. Its my favorite song ever. Ai’s lyrics are clever, almost childish, poignant. The melody is smooth and the instrumentation along with the sound effects create this almost ethereal mood. This song still gets me when I listen to it, and I’ll be happy to play this song at my wedding in a couple years.

There you have it! These five songs always make me well up, and sometimes even burst into tears. Which songs make you feel that way?




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“Last Love” – Miliyah Kato

Last Love is the newest single from up-and-coming J-pop star Miliyah Kato. I am embarrassed to say that I have not been keeping up with Miliyah and have not given anything of her’s a listen since she released Sayonara Baby about 6,000 years ago. Needless to say, any credibility I may have in writing this review is shot. Knowing that, I still wanted to talk about this single and give it some much-needed acclaim.

Last Love is a ballad about a woman who has been left by her love. Through reading the lyrics, I almost want to say that instead of breaking up, the boyfriend/husband/soul mate has died. I have no idea why I felt this, but its just the impression I get from listening to the song and hearing the lyrics. This excellent review describes the song as full of innocence and light, which I can back up wholeheartedly. The covers of the single exude innocence and light, as well as the line from the song “tanjoubi wa hitori na no, kurisumasu mo hitori na no?” (will I be alone on my birthday, will I be alone on Christmas?) Something about that line made me break down and cry because of the sheer childlike innocence and honesty in it, as well as Miliyah’s quavering delivery. The song itself is nothing special. Its a run-of-the-mill ballad with a melody I swear I’ve heard a million times before, but you have to look deeper and appreciate the lyrical content and the way Miliyah creates the mood of the song with her voice.

The other songs Tomorrow and Fallin’ are not very good. They make a nice compliment to the a-side, but they aren’t anything worth listening to more than once and are just songs that were created in order to have a single. Yeah.

In Conclusion: I think its time I got off my butt and started keeping up with Miliyah Kato. ‘Nuff said.



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