Japanese Rock Culture

Elvis Presley once said, “Rock and Roll Music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it.”

Some people may stereotype rock music as noisy, angry and aggressive, but little do they know that rock music is a product of creative souls. Even with the rage and mayhem misinterpreted by some, rock music could calm our mood and make us happy because of the adrenaline-like effect of instruments like the heavy drums and deep bass.

The words in rock songs are just like words in any other type of song. They were written from human emotions and real-life events which make them relatable to almost everyone.

This is one of the reasons why J-Rock culture (Japanese Rock) is embraced in Japan and is even recognized worldwide. Even International rock scenes have recognized the appealing music, specifically one particular band: B’z. B’z is a Japanese rock duo that has been in the music industry for over 30 years and is the first Asian Band with handprints in RockWalk Hollywood.

When one hears the innovate beats and peculiar musical styles of J-Rock, you could easily notice that it has traces of British and American influence.

Have you heard of the Fuji Rock Festival? Its crowd is as large as Coachella. Over 200,000 people attend annually, not just locals, but foreign visitors too. Rock Music has paved its way and became a prominent part of music, culture, and the lifestyle of the Japanese.

For the love of J-Rock

One of the favorite past times for Japanese locals is watching bands perform live in lounges and cafés. Many locals consider it a way to unwind after a long day at work. It’s also considered to be a “must-try” for tourists who want to enjoy the nightlife, especially in Tokyo.

There is a significant difference in seeing and listening to a rock band perform live, as compared to listening to their records. You can hear every detail in a live performance from the hard-hitting drum beats to the loud guitar riffs. The words sung with intense emotions can often dig deep into your soul. Most importantly, rock music allows you to make memories when singing along to the rhythm of your favorite songs with your family and friends.

J-Pop Cafe in Shibuya City is the place to go to experience authentic J-Rock. Local bands with different sub-genres ranging from punk rock, glam rock, heavy metal, pop-punk, alternative rock, post-grunge perform live here.

The cozy, wide, comfortable, Instagrammable interiors and astounding city views at night make for the best J-Rock entertainment. Famous bands perform in J-Pop Cafè as they can accommodate thousands of fans during concerts. The top rock songs of 2019 from famous local artists are often heard being played. This includes New Generation by Uchikubi Gokumon Doukoukai, 2% by 10 Feet, Juice Up by Wanima, and many more.

The artistic self-indulgence of Japanese Rock bands has contributed much to the music industry and became one of the most sought after entertainment past-times in Japan. The musical standards and technical imagination brought about by J-Rock deserves its gained popularity and is worth sharing with the world. Rock music is most certainly not dead. It is well and alive in Japan.