Playing tracks by
Kan Mikami, Maki Asakawa, Meiko Kaji, Yukari Kaneko, Akihiro Miwa and more.
Unknown Japan. While every music lover in the West will have a selection of the masterpieces of Nigerian Afrobeat or the Brazilian Tropicalia movement in their record collections by now, Japan continues to represent a blank spot on the map of even the most adventurous pop-music aficionados. On the ninth Week-End festival mixtape, Shintaro Sakamoto gives us a little insight into Japanese pop culture of the late ’60s and ’70s. In the process, the former singer and guitarist of successful psychedelic rock band Yura Yura Teikoku and now solo artist shows that his taste is as eclectic as his music: ten favourite songs from almost as many genres. Blues, folk, pop, surf and garage rock – Japan has been in tune with the times with almost every pop music genre you care to think of.