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Issue #85: Seventh Jet Balloon

Discussing the new 7th Jet Balloon album, J Soul Brothers's "R.Y.U.S.E.I." and Sasuke Haraguchi's brain-sizzling DJ sets

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This Side of Japan's 50 Favorite Songs of 2024 (So Far)

The newsletter's best Japanese music half way into the year

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Issue #84: Seasons Move Forward

Digging into best albums of Q2, Yoshimi Iwasaki's "Touch," and the year's favorite boy-group singles so far

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Idol Watch #22: Best of the Boys 2024

Checking out the year's best boy group singles so far from PSYCHIC FEVER, Number_i and more

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Idol Watch's 50 Favorite Idol Songs of 2024 (So Far)

The column's favorite singles from girl groups this year so far, plus listing some favorites from the boys

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Hatsune Miku Meets Pokemon: Exploring the Songs and Producers Behind Project Voltage

A guide to the Vocaloid producers invited for the music project spearheaded by the Pokemon team

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Issue #83: To the Self, With Love

Going through the great albums from Q1 2024, Seiko Matsuda's "Natsu No Tobira" and the Vocaloid songs celebrating Pokemon from Project Voltage

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Issue #82: Conceive the Sea

Exploring the new marucporoporo album, Shizuka Kudo's "Arashi No Sugao" and the indie-rock hits on TikTok

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As Seen on TV: 5 Songs from Spring 2024 Dramas

Blogging about the music in this season's Japanese dramas, from Kenshi Yonezu, Aimer and more

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Issue #81: Botanical

Discussing the new Plant cell album, Omega Tribe's big '80s hit with S. Kiyotaka and songs from this season's J-drama shows

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Friends Recommends #2: Emotional Balance and Post-Rock Catharsis

Our guest writers here to recommend you great new drops of classic rock, indie rock and emo

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Issue #80: Balallel World

This Side of Japan returns with the new bala album, Kinki Kids' "Jet Coaster Romance" and more recommendations from our friends

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Idol Watch #21: March/April 2024

Rounding up the best idol songs from the past two months, featuring YUION, ASP, courtesea and more, plus a look back into the great catalog of MIGMA SHELTER

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A Dance Floor for Outsiders: History of Migma Shelter in 6 Songs

A look back into the psych-trance group and their incredible music before their indefinite hiatus

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New Song/New Resonance: Anime as Gateways into New Music and Perspectives

Welcome to a special issue of This Side of Japan dedicated to music in anime

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Voice Box: Ado, Live in Los Angeles

A live report of the singer's show on March 29 at the Peacock Theater

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That Side of K-pop #2: Born to Be

The newsletter pivots to K-pop to discuss the new Itzy album, the songs of NewJeans and the Hallyu Wave exhibit at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, plus great…

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Issue #79: On the Edge

Exploring the new kegøn album, MAX's breakthrough single, and the songs of the 2010 film Solanin

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As Seen on TV: 4 Songs from Winter 2024 Dramas

Blogging about the music in this season's Japanese dramas, from Aina the End to Rina Sawayama

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Issue #78: Finger Runs

Highlighting the new Finger Runs album, JUDY AND MARY's "Sobakasu, and the songs heard in this season's J-dramas

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Monthly Listening: January & February 2024

The round-up of great new Japanese releases from the past 2 months, ft. kinoue64, ZAZEN BOYS, Liyuu and more

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Yamamoto Sho's Essential Songs Before and After Fruits Zipper

Tracing the producer's body of work from Phenotas to Fruit Zipper's big hit

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Idol Watch #20: January/February 2023

Rounding up the best idol songs from the past two months, featuring pinponpanpon, COMIQ ON, RYUTist and more, plus a deep dive into the composer behind FRUIT ZIPPER's…

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Issue #77: Naive

Discussing the new rowbai and ZARD's "Makenaide," plus recommendations from friends of the newsletter

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Friends Recommends #1: Bad Days and 20 Million Yen

A new column for This Side of Japan invites friends to recommend new Japanese releases to our readers

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Issue #76: Let's Live Happily

Exploring the new kinoue64 album, Nanase Aikawa's debut single and some of the great anison singles from January

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Issue #75: A Familiar Empire

The first issue of the new year covers the new yonige album, Yoko Oginome's "Dancing Hero" and one of my favorite TikToks of 2023

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This Side of Japan's Best of 2023: The Friends List

We wrap up our best of 2023 coverage with selections picked by friends of the newsletter

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[Text list] This Side of Japan's Top 100 Songs of 2023

Just the list of the newsletter's best Japanese songs of the year from Ano, PeanutsKun, Conton Candy and many more

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This Side of Japan's Top 100 Songs of 2023

Highlighting the year's best Japanese songs from Ano, PeanutsKun, Conton Candy and many more

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Idol Watch's Top 50 Idol Songs of 2023: Boys Edition

And here are our favorite boy groups songs of the year from SixTones, DXTEEN, THE SUPER FRUIT and many more

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Idol Watch's Top 100 Idol Songs of 2023

Looking back at the year's favorites in idol from AMEFURASSHI, Sakurazaka46, HATE and TEARS and more

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[Text list] Idol Watch's Top 100 Idol Songs of 2023

The simple text list of the newsletter's favorite idol songs of the year from AMEFURASSHI, Sakurazaka46, HATE and TEARS and more

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Best Japanese Music of 2023 on Bandcamp

Ahead of the last Bandcamp Friday of 2023, here's the newsletter's favorite releases available on Bandcamp

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The Year in Japan's Rap in 10 Songs

plus a list of the 50 best Japanese rap songs of the year

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Monthly Listening: October 2023

This month's round-up of great new Japanese releases from as a sketch pad, Lamp and more

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Issue #73: Remember

The year's last issue brings the newsletter's 50 best anime songs of 2023 and a hit from Sukeban Deka, along with the usual 3 singles

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This Side of Japan's 50 Best Anime Songs of 2023

We count down our favorite anime songs by Kana Hanazawa, Inori Minase, Liella and more

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Issue #72: Launchvox

Discussing the new Yuka Nagase album, ZONE's "secret base," and favorite songs from this year's summer J-dramas

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As Seen on TV: 4 Songs from Summer Dramas

Discussing the season's personal favorites and their music from Chanmina, Ado and more

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Monthly Listening: September 2023

This month's round-up of great new Japanese releases from Ohzora Kimishima, rirugiliyangugili, Yuka Nagase and more

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(Flipped) Issue #71: Expo Expo

This Side of Japan returns with a deep dive to m-flo's groundbreaking album as well as guest song selections and blurbs

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Idol Watch #19: July/August 2023

Rounding up the best idol songs from the past two months, featuring BiTE A SHOCK, airattic, Takane No Nadeshiko and more, plus some thoughts on navigating bias as…

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Monthly Listening: August 2023

This month's round-up of great new Japanese releases from Barrier Reef, Peanuts Kun, Negicco and more

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A This Side of Japan playlist: Imported Oricon Weekly Hits 1968-1974

Compiling all of the non-Japanese singles that made it on the Oricon Weekly top 20 during 1968-1974

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Monthly Listening: July 2023

This month's round-up of great new Japanese releases from Yurufuwa Gang, Oaktails, toiret status and more

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Issue #70: Journey

Exploring the new Yurufuwa Gang album, X JAPAN's first number-one and favorite J-drama tie-ins of the year

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As Seen on TV: 4 Favorite J-Drama Songs of 2023

Discussing the few great J-drama music tie-ins from this year and their respective shows

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Issue #69: Library of Memories

Getting into a round-up of great new seiyuu albums, Down Town Boogie Woogie Band's enduring #1 and my ongoing research into anison

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Idol Watch's 50 Favorite Idol Songs of 2023 (So Far)

We list the column's favorite singles from the year so far

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