Japan in MVs

November 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Whenever I’m on the subway, train or just walking around the city I always have my iPod on. Just like theme music, I’ve associated certain neighbourhoods, trends and styles to certain songs. I thought I’d share them with you…enjoy.

SONG: Nothing to Worry About by Peter Bjorn and John

Reminds me of: Sundays at Harajuku – Rock-a-billy kids (or shall I say men?)

SONG: Hollaback Girl by Gwen Stefani

Reminds me of: Girls in Shibuya 109 and in Harajuku – and the picture taking at the start is like every photograph I’ve taken here…except it should’ve been “Cheeeeessseeee-u” instead of “super kawaii”

SONG: I Kiss Your Lips by Tokyo Ghetto Pussy

Reminds me of: the boys who line the “conbinis” (convenience stores) looking at anime porn and bikini model magazines

SONG: Bigger by Backstreet Boys

Reminds me of: Akhibara Maid Cafe – this video also has a lot of good imagery from life in Japan. Ramen shops, karaokes, cabs, Roppongi Hills, the guy in the PJs, Asakusa etc… great song too!

SONG: 2012 by Jay Sean with Nicki Minaj

Reminds me of: Partying in Tokyo – maybe not 2012 but definitely partying til 6 am in the morning!

SONG: Check it Out by Nicki Minaj & Will.i.Am

Reminds me of: My xB – okay well maybe it’s not entirely Japanese but I’m digging Nicki’s body suit. The suited audience reminds me of the Salary Men and Career Ladies you see in throngs on the train all dressed in similar suits, bags and shoes.

SONG: I Bruise Easily by Natasha Beddingfield

Reminds me of: Hostess Bars in Kabuki-cho and the girls who take 2 hours to get ready in the morning

SONG: Round, Round by Far*East Movement

Reminds me of: Drift Culture & Race Queens – even though I know this song was shot in an LA Garage and the Shibuya crossing was re-created!

SONG: Roboto by Styx

Reminds me of: Oh come on, as if you don’t think of this song when you think about Japan!

SONG: Love Letter from Japan by The Bird & The Bee

Reminds me of: Sega Joyopolis and all of the other arcades and sticker picture areas filled with Japanese school boys in uniform!

SONG: Intergalactic by Beastie Boys

Reminds me of: Commuting, Power Rangers fight scenes, and the general nonsensical things that take place daily in Tokyo

SONG: Read my Mind by The Killers

Reminds me of: my hood – with cameos from Gachapin, << that’s right he’s got almost one million followers, the tiny little school kids and the back streets of the suburbs, this video is not only one of my favourites but is also one of my favourite songs too!

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