What Is Your Wish for Tanabata?

This week's Song Lyrics Sunday, hosted by the wonderful Jim Adams, is about zodiac animals. The twelve animals are from Chinese traditions. Today in Japan is a special festival that…

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Name Me a Song Playlist: Songs Around the World

Thanks to everyone who recommended me a song from around the world. I love music from around the world and love to find out new tunes! How about you? Do you like music around the world? Or, do you like new tunes?

To everyone who suggested me a song, thank you! I got a lot of good responses! And those who are just checking me out for the first time, I asked readers to name me a song from any country in this post. Every week, I will suggest a new theme and ask people to name me their songs. Then, I will post the songs in a roundup playlist.

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Do You Remember the Early 90s? This Song Will Help You to Remember!

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Last week, I had no work! Nine days of freedom and do whatever my heart desired. Well, my heart got what it wanted: sleep, watching dramas, reading, writing, and listening to music nonstop. It was glorious to be able to freely listen to music at any time of the day. There was even a different genre expressing the mood of each hour: dancing at noon with Eurobeat, experiencing the bareness and beauty of the sunrise with Toshinobu Kubota, and feeling the crisp late summer air with smooth jazz. Music makes life wonderful.
During this week-long vacation, I found a new earworm that was so addictive. I listened to this piece nonstop every day during my time-off. I also tried to perfect the dance moves and sing the lyrics.
For this blog post, we have to go back twenty years when this song was hip and cool. That decade was…
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The Soothing Sound of "Sekai no Yakusoku" Will Calm Down Your Busy Day

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My nine-day “staycation” started last Friday at 6 pm. Many around Japan went overseas, did various activities around the country, or visited loved ones. Yet, I decided to do a “staycation”. Yes, it seems boring: me staying inside my apartment and surroundings for about a week. But, I love it since I could stay in bed for long periods of time, read various materials, be minimalistic, and deep clean.
That Friday, I pondered on what should I do on the first night of freedom: Should I do something or go to bed early so I could start my vacation off right by waking extra early on Saturday? Continuing to think about, I checked the TV Guide to see what was going to be the movie of the night. And by chance, it was going to be one of my favorites.
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