This Side of Japan

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A newsletter about Japanese music, new and old
Created 24 Dec 2019
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  • 6 Non-2021 Favorite Albums of 2021
    10 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    This feature is part of This Side of Japan issue #44. You can return to the main newsletter here. Another year is almost coming to an end, which means it’s about that time to start evaluating all of t...
  • Issue #44: See-Voice
    10 Nov 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    Hi! Welcome to This Side of Japan, a newsletter on Japanese music, new and old. You can check out previous issues here. Another year is almost coming to an end, which means it’s about that time to sta...
  • Monthly Listening: October 2021
    31 Oct 2021 • 1 min read
    Hi! This is October’s Monthly Listening list, a quick rundown of new Japanese albums I checked out this month that I enjoyed. You can browse past Monthly Listenings in the archives. I am now officiall...
  • Idol Watch #10: September/October 2021
    29 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    Hi! Welcome to Idol Watch, a bi-monthly companion to This Side of Japan that’s all about Japanese idols! You can check out previous issues of Idol Watch from this year here: January & February / March...
  • Film Review: In Those Days
    29 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    This feature is part of Idol Watch #10: September/October 2021. You can return to the main newsletter here. The trailer for In Those Days captured the attention of idol fans through flashes of Hello! ...
  • (Flipped) Issue #43: Sa-World
    20 Oct 2021 • 16 min read
    Hi! Welcome to This Side of Japan, a newsletter about Japanese music, new and old! This issue is a flipped edition, meaning we’re doing the opposite of the original format: we cover an older album and...
  • Issue #42: ...Makes Me Smile
    06 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    Hi! Welcome to This Side of Japan, a newsletter on Japanese music, new and old. You can check out previous issues here. Dreams Come True’s latest single, “Tsugi No Se-No! De -ON THE GREEN HILL-,” shou...
  • Monthly Listening: September 2021
    26 Sep 2021 • 2 min read
    Hi! This is September’s Monthly Listening list, a quick rundown of new Japanese albums I checked out this month that I enjoyed. You can browse past Monthly Listenings in the archives. This month, I st...
  • Issue #41: Attitude Fancy
    22 Sep 2021 • 11 min read
    Welcome to This Side of Japan, a newsletter on Japanese music, new and old. You can check out previous issues here. B.O.L.T. isn’t the first group to discover how potent pop punk can be as fuel to dri...
  • Behind the Attitude of B.O.L.T: A Mini Guide to the Pop Punk Bands Featured in the Idol Group's New Album
    22 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    This feature is part of This Side of Japan issue #41. You can return to the main newsletter here. B.O.L.T. isn’t the first group to discover how potent pop punk can be as fuel to drive an idol song, b...
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