Japanese Christmas playlist

Now we are in December I thought to myself: I want to do a post about Japanese Christmas songs! I’m not sure I know that many, and most of them I know are from idol groups, but well here is my list~


Many probably don’t know about this Arashi song (I didn’t at least), but as I searched to see if Arashi had a Christmas song hidden in their discography, I found this! Ano Hi no Merry Christmas (あの日のメリークリスマス) is a light, typical Arashi song. Nevertheless, it’s a Christmas song and it has sort of grown on me, after having listened to it a couple of times. I would have liked some solo lines, but apart from that it’s a nice jingle for Christmas~


This is a song I know well, having listened to it many times. As always Buono! produces some great pop-rock tunes and this is no exception. I love Winter Story‘s catchy and groovy sound, as well as the brilliant chorus. A Buono! classic of mine and a great song to make me in mood for Christmas!


I can’t forget to include Momoiro Clover Z’s crazy and energetic Christmas song Santa-san! From the first time I listened to this song, I was hooked. It’s such a great, funny song with a lot of small gimmicks. Here I’m thinking of things like Reni’s ii toko (“good qualities”) dance for Santa Claus (or whatever it is) and a mentioning about Australian Christmas being in midsummer, which results in a throwback to their summer song Coco☆Natsu (ココ☆ナツ)(haha), so crazy!


This year Momoiro Clover Z’s “little brother” group DISH// (under Stardust) has released a Christmas single, nearly as crazy as Santa-san. Itsuka wa Merry Christmas (いつかはメリークリスマス)is a funny rock/pop song with fresh voices from the group’s young members (15-18 years old). Like Momoiro Clover Z they sure like to make funny gags during their songs, which I really like about this group. I also like the message of this song, which is wishing for a girlfriend from Santa Claus in order not to be lonely on Christmas eve (lol). DISH’s members always seem in desperate need of one, even though they are all quite handsome! That I find very ironic. Then again it’s just a song, and an entertaining one at that.


This Christmas song by actress Maeda Aki is from her album Winter Tales, and is the only song of that album which isn’t a cover of previous Christmas hits, I believe. I think it’s a nice “gentle” song (like the title Fuyu Fuwari ふゆふわり, meaning “gently winter”) which a  lot of bell chimes, beautiful violin and Aki’s sweet voice to top it all. I like this actress a lot, as well as this Christmas song.


I love this Christmas love ballad by C-ute! I like Aitai Lonely Christmas (会いたいロンリークリスマス)so much I even listen to it when it isn’t Christmas (haha). It’s such a catchy song and the chorus is easy to remember too~ I wish C-ute could make songs like this again. It has a strong setsunai (“wistful/yearning”) feeling to it right? I kind of like that type of songs. I guess it’s because we all yearn for that special someone during the holidays (sigh).


I know this isn’t a song sung by a Japanese person, but Canadian René Simard released many Japanese songs as a child, and I like his song Christmas Tree (クリスマス・トォリー)a lot, so thought I would include it in my list. René has a nice heartfelt voice and delivers yet a beautiful song to enjoy during Christmas. He has released a lot of other Christmas songs in French as well as some in English I’m sure. So if you like this song, you should check his other songs out (even though they are old)~


This is such a happy song from Hey! Say! JUMP about having fun in the snow with one’s sweetheart (or that’s what I gather at least). I’m not sure it’s a Christmas song, but the theme “snow” is enough for me to make it so (haha). I love the intro line: masaka, yuki da! (“no way, it’s snowing!”). That line always make me in a good mood. Not that I’m too fond of snow, but I guess we all love the magic of the first snow of Christmas right?


I had to include Nino’s Winter Song as well. Nino is my favorite member from Arashi and I just love this beautiful Christmas ballad from him. I only have the version recorded from his radio show Bay Storm, and I’m not even sure if it’s been released anywhere else. He should totally release this on an album though! My favorite part of this sweet song is when he ends the song with the line: Merry Christmas to you, Merry Christmas to you~


Fairies has also released a Christmas song! Sweet Jewel has a very uplifting feeling to it and always make me in the mood to be productive (haha). Fairies always knows how to make very girly, yet stylish songs. That’s what I love about them. In addition, the PV for this song is so glittering and pretty, you should check it out if you haven’t!


This is the theme song from Morimoto Shintaro’s movie Snow Prince and is such a beautiful Christmas song! I love the piano play in the background, as well as the Snow Prince choir’s young adorable voices. I totally wish they could have been a permanent group, but unfortunately they only released this single. And I wish Johnny’s would do other songs like this too. It’s so precious!


I know this isn’t an official Christmas song maybe, but I always found it very Christmas-like for some reason! Apart from that, I see the light ~Bokutachi no Stage~ is one of my favorite Sexy Zone songs. It was included on their first single and also features the very young fresh voices of Marius and Sou (I totally miss their voices now! *cries*). I would have included their more official Christmas/summer song Sexy Summer ni Yuki ga Furu (Sexy Summer に雪が降る)as well, but Soundcloud wouldn’t let me upload it (buuhuu).

So these were my suggestions for Japanese Christmas songs (which aren’t covers of English ones). I hope you enjoyed and if you know some other good J-Pop Christmas songs, don’t hesitate to mention them in the comment section below~
And let’s hope Soundcloud doesn’t delete my uploads.

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JUMP WORLD


Received this lovely album two days ago, one day after its release date! It’s been two years since their last album, so I have been excited about the release of their second album. The album came with an additional 3D-cover, not that I care that much about such things *laughs*.

But should be get to the songs then? :)

01: Perfect Life (パーフェクトライフ)
The album start out with a happy up-tempo song. At my first listen, this song didn’t do much for me, felt like a typical “start track” which just have to be there. But now I feel it’s actually a quite nice, catchy song. Grows on you for sure~ Makes one anticipate what the next tracks will be like.

02: SUPER DELICATE
Everyone should be familiar with this amazing song already, but I’m going to talk about it anyway. I really like the phrase 君にしか見せられない顔がある “Kimi ni shika miserarenai kao ga aru” which they repeat a lot throughout the song. Sounds totally cool (lol). The beat is also very catchy and will have to say this is a very successful HSJ song. Can always listen to this song ♥

03: Tsunagu te to te (つなぐ手と手)
This song is a nice relaxing ballad song with some good vocals from the boys. This is also a song which gets better with more listens. If you listen properly, you can hear the music is actually really good with both piano, violin and a nice drumbeat. A nice little gem, which I have a feeling will be a fitting ending song for one of their concerts~

Yuto looks hot here! His looks fits well with the “vampire” theme ♥

04: Boku wa Vampire (僕はVampire)
Without a doubt the most addictive track on the album! This song really gets stuck in my head (haha). It’s just crazily catchy (given that the music is written by a Swedish composer of course) but also have some really cool and fun lyrics. 僕はVampire、恋はDangerous – well that is selvfølge! The funniest part is definitely when they repeat the word “vampire” like 10 times in the interlude with their very Engrish accent xD

05: OVER
This is also a very sleek single release from HSJ. It has a somewhat blue feeling with the theme of an ended relationship, hence the repeat of the word “OVER”. This song actually makes me a bit sad, because I always remember it was Ryutarou’s last single. They do sing “it’s over”… But apart from that I do like this song a lot and wish it didn’t make me think of sad stuff.

06: Hero
A song with lyrics almost entirely written in English, even though it’s hard to hear that (lol). This song is very 元気 and happy, but not something I would listen that much to. It could be nice for concerts though ^^



07: Magic Power
At first I hated this song, but as all HSJ songs it grew on me and now I can’t stop singing along whenever I hear it! It’s such a uplifting song and always put a smile on my lips. But am I the only person who have always found the part: Crazy! But, Magic Power! kind of hilarious? *laughs* Otherwise wonderful song ♪

08: Hurry up!
Love, love, love this song! It’s a really different style for HSJ and the lyrics are really well-written. They sing about how they want their loved one to run away from them. But they also sing “be with you always”, so it’s kind of a contradicting feelings’ song (haha). This song is just so catchy too and overall well done. One of the best songs, without a doubt.

09: Thumb & Pinky (サム&ピンキー)
This song is very up-beat. And when I say upbeat, I mean up-beat (haha). I have no idea what this song is about, the title is kind of weird and random. This song is not really my cup of tea though. It’s just kind of a bit too energetic, but probably a good song for concerts.
10: 「Arigatou」~Sekai no doko ni itemo~ (「ありがとう」~世界のどこにいても~)
This song was the one who really pulled me back into the HSJ fandom, it’s just fantastic! I love everything about it, the theme, beat, lyrics, composition you name it~ It was a great idea to mix in other languages apart from English, and then I just adore the part where Yamada makes that arrogant snort and says “We are JUMP” – just epic! ♥♥♥ I cannot give this song enough love. Lets leave it at that and move on (heh).

11: Together forever
Now this song have to be my favourite new song of the entire album. This song is just amazing! It explores a completely new style as well for HSJ. I think it’s the most beautiful ballad song they have done so far actually. The music is just wonderful and you can really hear the members sing with all their heart. Gives me the chills and I’m not kidding! If I heard them this sing this song live I would probably cry, it’s that emotional a song. Great job HSJ! Wow~

12: Snap (スナップ) Hey! Say! BEST
Now to the Hey! Say BEST song~ It’s not as good as the song Score on their first album, but I would say it’s okay. It’s one of those songs which are nice background music, but not something you would listen very attentively to, I guess. A shame, they didn’t write them something more special.. Let’s hope for something better in the next album, shall we?

13: Hana Egao (花えがお) Hey! Say! 7
I think the Hey! Say! 7 song is a bit better, but still not at all in league with their amazing song “Ganbaretsugo” from their first album. It’s that type of song where the lyrics is all about reaching for a brighter future and all that which I feel like I have heard many times before in a HSJ song. Well, not really anything special for HS7 this time either… And then I also miss Ryutarou (゜´Д`゜)

14: Single medley – Second act (シングルメドレー Second act)
This is much like the single medley in their first album, just with new single songs of course. It’s quite fun to hear how they mixed it all together – the best part definitely being the Arigatou song! Sounded quite cool in medley style~
Still, I wonder why they make these medley endings? A tradition perhaps? Find them a bit a waist of space, as I would rather have an extra song tbh. Especially now there were only 13 songs this time, when their first album had 17. That a 4 songs difference! But then again we had to wait 3 years from their debut for them to release an album and this time only two years have passed. Maybe that’s the reason? Well, probably not (lol).

My honest opinion of Hey! Say! JUMP’s second album is probably that half of it was like super amazing but the other part was not up to the standard of their first album. I think the smaller amount of tracks also had its effect. Like there wasn’t room for semi-solo songs like in the first album and the boys didn’t get to write the lyrics and provide their own music as much. I think that’s such a shame, because they do really have a lot of talent! But apart from that I enjoyed their second album a lot and I will probably grow to love is nearly just as much as their first.

That was all~ hope you liked my review ;)

My first Hey! Say! JUMP order ^o^

Two days ago I received my Hey! Say! JUMP singles (so I got them two days early!) Wohoo! ^O^ and this time the package wasn’t taken my customs, so I’m very very happy :’D

I ordered the OVER single bundle from CDjapan and it was really cheap (yay!) ^o^

There were wholly 4 songs on the regular single:
1. OVER
2. 愛-ing アイシテル (Ai-ing Aishiteru)
3. I Gotta More (Hey! Say! 7)
4. Screw (Hey! Say! BEST)

That’s almost a mini album imo :O My favorite songs are definitely track 2 and 3, love Hey! Say! 7 ♥ and these songs are just SO catchy! xD
Despite all the negativeness towards OVER, I actually really love this song xD It’s very different from their earlier singles and the PV also felt very new and refreshing from their previous work, as well as the clothes were chosen wisely *o* kya~
Screw didn’t do much for me though, but I’m sure the song will grow on me ^^

I’ve actually known Hey! Say! JUMP since their debut, but I’ve never been a real fan or anything. But fortunately this changed drastically after I watched their Arigatou ~Sekai no Doko ni Ite mo~ PV. Afterwards I found myself watching their old PVs, which I hadn’t watched in “years” (or so it felt). Then I found myself downloading their first album (wow! when did they release an album?!) and afterwards their concerts (have watched them all now *_*) and then their drama Scrap Teacher (which is really entertaining :D) and then at last I’m buying their new single ^o^ Wohoo!
So now I’m finally a JUMP-fan :D My all time favorite member is the amazingly cute and talented drummer Nakajima Yuto (he’s such a puppy ♥o♥)~ I don’t know what it is, but this boy just stole my heart xD I love his voice, his eyes, his smile, his awkward (and amazing!) height, his happy personality and his unlimited genkiness X♥X;,,
I also really love the other Hey! Say! 7 members, but mostly Ryutaro and Keito ♥ of the BEST members I love Hikaru and Yuya ;3

I’m so happy they reached number 1 on the Oricon chart today with 113k units sold ^O^ Congrats JUMP! I hope my order helped too ;)

I can’t wait for them to release something new xD Wuah~ (>^o^)>