About

Welcome!

My name is Isaku Takahashi and I’m a recent graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London, studying Music. I am Japanese, but spent most of my life in the UK, including my entire education in London. I play the piano and violin, done a couple of gigs with a jazz/soul band, and I have perfect pitch.

And now, I’ve decided to start a blog. This blog is an online ‘personal writing cloud’ for reviews, ideas, or just simply posts on the thing I’m interested in – J-Pop of course!

So what is my motor for starting this online writing space?

For the past three years, I have had to tolerate a copious amount of essays, projects and coffee (which was perhaps for the better, as it made me more mentally resilient). Once I wrote some stuff, it would be assessed and marked. Dreading the idea that I would get a bad mark for these assignments, it was actually favourable for the most part, which was honestly a pleasant surprise. Before starting university, writing essays was a completely alien process for me simply because I hardly did any for a continuous period of time. Looking back now, I would never have imagined my academic life would culminate in an 8000 word final year research essay on J-Pop. It’s a skill that I have developed and now become passionate about. Since getting the occasional compliments from lecturers, I figured it would be a waste not to continue writing about music in some shape or form.

Also, I guess spending most of my life in the UK meant that I didn’t experience the musical exposure that a regular person born and raised in Japan would usually endure, which perhaps made me more curious, interested in learning and encountering the vibrant music scene in Japan. I like how ‘J-Pop’ embraces, and celebrates diversity, reflected in the wide spectrum of styles and sonic palettes that splurges out from that wonderful, exotic and strange country!

At the moment I don’t really have a structure on how I approach every post (e.g. Do I review an artist, or just one song, album, video? etc.) However, I think it would be better to not have one because it may give this blog a bit more variety. Although the word length may vary from one to another, it’s not really my concern at the moment. I’d rather let my mind talk/write naturally.

The most important thing I aim to get out from this blog is a sense of personal pleasure, and the feeling that I’m learning from this process. Even if my writing is not the most stimulating or engaging to everyone, I hope this blog will give just an open, general insight into Japanese music and culture. To add to this, Goldsmiths really encouraged me to look at things from a different perspective, so I aim to take this principle in my writing and try to look towards new, undiscovered musicians from Japan (one way I can learn from this process).

I.T.

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi isaku, im glad i stumbled on your blog as I’m discovering an exciting world of new japanese artists through it… my favs so far are Lucky Tapes (love the new Moon single… these guys are awesome) & both Pictured Resort (they remind me of Tatsuro Yamashita’s sound…Im showing my age here). Keep the reviews & revelations coming….

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    • Thank you very much! I’m glad you’re enjoying the journey. I just started an internship so it’s been slightly more difficult to keep posting on a regular basis, but I’ll do my very best to keep you and all my readers engaged! I hope you keep enjoying my blog as much as I do writing for it.

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  2. Hey Isaku!
    I’m Ren of Bloom Waves. I recently found your blog today after I stumbled across your post about the collaboration song that myself and Fluffytails did. We both want to really thank you for the kind words. It really means a lot to both of us since we’re just small time artists doing this as a passion. 🙂

    If you’re interested in the Japanese shoegaze scene, I’m part of a really awesome facebook group that focuses on promoting and discovering the small shoegaze/indie bands of Japan (and Asia) with members who are in the bands themselves. If it sounds interesting then you can add me on FB (Ren Juilus) and I’ll add you to the group. It’s a really awesome way to find new bands. ^.^

    Thanks again, I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Ren

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    • Hi Ren!
      Great to hear from you. Thanks for your words too, I never imagined this blog would come to the attention of artists themselves, so I really appreciate it! 🙂
      It’s been really interesting to get to know a lot about shoegaze in general. Thanks for letting me know, I’ll add you on FB soon. Sounds interesting!
      Isaku

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