Japanese Rock Music

When you think of Japanese music, rock music might not come to mind. However, Japanese rock music is a part of Japanese culture. When I talk about Japanese rock music I am not talking about English rock music listened to by the Japanese. I am talking about rock music that is performed by Japanese bands and written in the Japanese language.

Japanese rock music goes back almost as far as rock music itself. During the 1960's Japanese bands were building off of the psychedelic rock of the United States and elsewhere. The Japanese experimented with Space rock and other forms of rock music.

In the 1970's Japanese rock music started to change. The style started to become more of a folk style with singer/songwriters developing their own styles. This included the likes of Kazuki Tomokawa. Also, bands like Cosmos Factory and Kenso was also finding their own sounds. These sounds tended to be a bit more progressive than folk.

In the 1980's Japanese rock music began to update their looks as well as their sounds with a term called Visual Kei. This term refers to the outlandish styles and makeup used to create an overall affect with the Japanese rock music. X Lapan is one of the bands known to use visual kei. Japanese alternative rock also began to show up during the 80's.

In the 90's alternative Japanese rock music had their hayday just as in the United States. Bands like Melt Banana, Eastern Youth, Number Girl, and Bloodthirsty Butchers saw a rise in their popularity during this time.

Today Japanese rock music, also called J-rock is diversified including many different styles. Japanese rock music will continue to change in an area where music, style, and culture are blended. The Japanese culture is a very big part of Japanese rock music.