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TOKYO MARRY’s “KAWAII YES”: Influenced By the Past and Present In An Unique Way

How does music shape you as a person?

Music is such an important influence in our lives. It can have a profound effect on us as it can shape our memories and character. This is absolutely true for musicians as music from their past can shape a musician’s future.

This is one of the many talking points that I discussed with TOKYO MARRY, a Japanese musician residing in Tokyo, Japan, over Skype recently. We talked about his influences, his career, and also his recent release entitled “Kawaii Yes”. Check out what he had said about himself and his music while listening to “Kawaii Yes”, which is found at the end of this post.


Tokyo Marry

Tokyo Marry is a Japanese musician who grew up in Hiroshima Prefecture in Southern Japan. When he was younger, he would listen to Japanese musicians a lot. However, when he got to high school, his musical taste buds shifted as he was more into other countries’ bands and artists like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Junior, Steely Dan, and Prince.

For his artistry, TOKYO MARRY talked about how the music of his youth had helped to set up the future of his musical career. For him, Jpop and Jrock were the foundation for his music, while Alt Rock, Grunge, and Shibuya Kei gave him the wings to fly. They gave him more opportunities, new sounds, and more freedom to make the music he always wanted to make.

Western music has further my artistry. It has deepened my taste buds towards music


As for the artist’s name, there are two reasons why the artist chose the name TOKYO MARRY. One reason was that it was easy to pronounce in English and Japanese. MARRY sounds like the name `Marie`, which Japanese people love. But also, TOKYO MARRY chose his name because he felt like he was “married” to Tokyo. Since he was a young boy, TOKYO MARRY dreamt of moving to Tokyo: a city full of opportunities, experiences, fun, and life. Once he got there, he fell in love with Tokyo and thus got “married” to it. He continues to enjoy living in Tokyo.

Finally, TOKYO MARRY had this to say when asked the question “What do you want people to listen to in your music?”:

I would like many people from all over the world to listen to my music. For example, American people don’t listen to music from different countries, I would like a foreign country people to listen to foreign country music. Listen to music from around the world in various languages.
For my songs, I want people to listen to them to hear the beauty of the Japanese language.


About TOKYO MARRY’s Latest: “Kawaii Yes”


“KAWAII YES” is a mixture of folk, Shibuya Kei, and alternative music. Taken from the name of the Shibuya district in Tokyo, Shibuya Kei is something akin to indie pop. A genre that stems back to 80s city-pop, Shibuya Kei was popular in the 90s but still enjoyed today by many indie-pop enthusiasts.

I really like “KAWAII YES” as it is a perfect song for me as a Jpop/rock fan but also an indie pop and rock fan. For me, the tune sounds like a mixture of past musical genres and/or artists (Folk and Tatsuro Yamashita) with modern Western genres like an alternative rock (Green Day). But, though the tune has been influenced by past and present musical genres and artists, you can hear how TOKYO MARRY made the song unique with its unique melodies and instrumentation.

Don’t mistake “KAWAII YES” as a soft rock song. It does seem like that with the soft vocals and acoustic guitar in the beginning. But, by the chorus, the energy is ramped up as the acoustic guitar is exchanged for a blazing electric guitar and the drums pounding each downbeat. The chorus then ends with a little diddle that has the singer sing the title of the song. I really love the melody here as TOKYO MARRY composed it in such a way where he brilliantly ties folk, Shibuya-kei, and alternative together.

You can check out “Kawaii Yes” below. Let me know what you think about the song in the comments below!

Also, check out his newest song “100% Cuticle”:

You can check out more about TOKYO MARRY and his latest releases/lives at the following:

Official Website // Spotify // Instagram // SoundCloud

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This Post Has 41 Comments

  1. Tassia Agatowski

    Ooh this sounds great, definitely adding to my Spotify playlists! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Renee

    I’m always looking for new music! Great post

    1. iPhone

      I feel this very informative. Thank you for this great article. RidaAli

  3. Mrs. Type A

    Thanks for this interesting background on such an amazing artist. Love his name, and the reasons for it!

  4. lipstickcafe

    I really like Kawaii Yes! Thank you for introducing me to new music!

  5. Katrina

    I really liked the format of your post! Your writing is great. Good work.

  6. Ella

    Wow, fascinating! Another great post x

  7. Petra

    Awesome, I love those songs, definitely will add to my Spotify list.

  8. World in Eyes

    Wow, it sounds great music, Thanks for sharing nad feeding the soul! (Music is the food of soul)

  9. Kathy Kenny Ngo

    Always intriguing and something new to look forward to when I visit your blog.

  10. CA

    I used to love Japanese songs since I used to watch animes. It’s been a while since I’ve appreciated foreign songs aside from English.

    1. Steph

      You really do a great job giving these artists exposure.
      I’m def coming to you when I drop my single.haha

  11. GiGi Eats

    His music actually reminds me of 90s rock that I used to love and actually still jam out to in the car! 😉

  12. Olya AMANOVA

    This is a unique blog post and I enjoyed it very much. The sounds are pleasing to the ear. I will come back for more.

  13. Stacie

    This is really cool. I love listening to new music and finding new to me artists!

  14. Stephanie

    I always find it interesting to learn how artists choose their names. I like that he thought about how easy it would be in multiple languages if that’s his audience.

  15. Charlene

    What a fun interview. I loved hearing how he chose the name TOKYO MARRY. And the song was great too!

  16. Flossie McCowald

    Oh, ok, so it’s named after a neighborhood in Japan! I was thinking the name of the song was some weird mash-up of Kauai (one of the Hawaiian Islands) and Hawaii LOL!

  17. chad

    oh he is awesome! I’ve never heard of him to be honest, he is great, I love his music.

  18. Papa Jack p

    I like different kind of music. This one is unique talent. Thanks for sharing music to us.

  19. Neely Moldovan

    Always love to find out about new music. I had not heard of this before!

  20. Sundeep

    This music is really amazing. Thanks for sharing with us

  21. Shoppers Gossip

    I love this music. He is so creative, thumbs up! Thanks for the share.

  22. Nina

    I love listening to music and I’m always looking for new artists to listen to so thanks for sharing this, I’m going to check him out.

  23. Holly

    What a fun song. He definitely has a style that I can see myself listening to.

  24. blair villanueva

    This is what I love about Japan, their kinds of music are so unique. He is a very talented artist, another of Japan’s treasure!

  25. Jessica L

    This is a great interview! I love Japanese music, and really long to travel to Japan when our kids get older. 🙂 I really enjoyed learning more about Tokyo Marry! Thanks!

  26. Arris Gawe

    I love music so much. I listen to music almost every single day. Yeah! Music is fun.

  27. Emma

    I hadn’t previously heard of this artist before – thank you for introducing me to some new music!

  28. Qarrey

    The fact he actually wants his music to be listened by different people in diff places of the world shows he is a great musician. Wouldn’t mind listening to more of his music

  29. Adi

    Good to know about popular music from the 90s. Very interesting that “KAWAII YES” is a mixture of folk, Shibuya Kei, and alternative music.

  30. Melanie williams

    Ooo it is always good to listen to some new beats. Especially now, as things can b a bit slower for sure

  31. Jules

    I first heard of his music from my girls. Appreciate getting more of a background on him.

  32. Nikhila

    Such a good read. Loved reading it.
    And the music sounds fantastic.

  33. Elizabeth O

    This sounds like a great tunes to listen. I will definitely check this out. I loved listening to the good beat of musics.

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