Influenced by American and British rock of the s , the first rock bands in Japan performed what is called Group Sounds , with lyrics almost exclusively in English. Folk rock band Happy End in the early s are credited as the first to sing rock music in the Japanese language. Japanese rock music has received recognition worldwide, being widely known in Asia, and has survived through decades competing with its contemporary local style J-pop. Rock bands such as B'z and Mr.
Tsu shi ma mi re? Exist Trace? Are the 's still relative in ? Still relative? That's a subjective question, my friend.
On a Wednesday night in early September, the Japanese quartet is making its live New York debut, and their presence is sheer glee. Mana, Kana, Yuki, and Yuna are dressed in matching bubblegum pink jumpsuits with a wide-leg cut inspired by a character from the Hayao Miyazaki anime film Castle in the Sky. They trade delightfully simple synchronized dance moves. Moments of pure joy are in short supply these days; a Chai show is a reprieve. Chai are dumpling aficionados.
Formed in Osaka in when the members were still in high school, they started performing live on weekends in Osaka Castle Park. First signed to an indie label, they went on to make their major debut in They have performed theme songs for many anime which led to them building a considerable international fanbase. This year saw their first ever show in the UK and first exclusive album release outside Japan.