J-Pop, short for Japanese Pop, became the mainstream music of Japan in the early ’90s. J-Pop was influenced by traditional Japanese music, pop and rock songs of the ’60s, electronic synth-pop and pop-rock from the’70s, technopop, city pop, and Shibuya-kei from the 80’s to the ’90s. Shibuya-kei is a musical genre that originated from the city of Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan. It is not surprising that Shibuya was ranked as one of the Best Nightlife Districts because of its strong presence in the entertainment industry that has flourished over the years.
What makes J-Pop stand out from other Asian Pop music is its use of a unique language similar to the English language. During the early 2000s, contemporary R&B and Hip Hop began to gain recognition as mainstream music in Japan.
As Japanese Pop Music progressed over the years, classifications like Club Music, Punk, Hip-Hop, Reggae, Anime and Visual Kei were added to its growing list of sub-genres. For the past 10 years, anime music dominated the market. The anime industry in Japan grew to a total of $20 Billion or 2.2 Trillion Yen. This contributed to the fact that Japan was declared the second-largest market in the music industry in the world in 2014, with a total revenue of $2.6 Billion.
With the rise of Japan’s economic growth, Japanese Pop Music became more popular than ever. J-Pop covers all different genres and has now become mainstream music in Japan.
Japan’s music has gained worldwide attention and it has spread its influence throughout other tourist attractions in the country. Thanks to the great influence of J-Pop, even popular restaurants and cafés in Tokyo are designed with J-Pop themes.
Experience J-Pop Nightlife
One of the biggest and most renowned J-Pop inspired café, J-Pop Music Style Cafe, is located in Shibuya in downtown Tokyo. It is considered as one of the best entertainment and music venues by locals and is a popular destination for tourists who want to experience Tokyo’s nightlife. For music enthusiasts who want to learn more about the culture, diversity, and uniqueness of Japanese Pop, a visit to J-Pop Music Style Café is a must. Famous local bands, idol groups perform live in the venue which would be a great opportunity to meet your favorite J-Pop artists in person.
Music, they say, brings people together. Whether it’s J-Pop, J-Rock or a whole different genre, it is an undeniable fact that music is an essential part of our lives. Life is short, and we should enjoy it with good friends, tasteful music, and create unforgettable memories with our loved ones. Enjoy the fun and music at J-Pop Music Style Café.