On the 8th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: Fried Chicken and KARA

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 17, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
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As we all know, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas in Japan if it weren't for fried chicken. It seems everyone gets their so-called "Kentucky Christmas" fix by December 25th, even the cutest of the cookie-cutter cute J-Pop girl groups like KARA, pictured above, can be seen savoring the fryolator flavor of crispy holiday cheer in this year's commercial for Family Mart. Of course, KARA already have a Christmas hit to add to the 12 Days of J-Pop Christmas list with their single "Winter Magic", but wouldn't you rather see them work some fried chicken into their seasonal song and dance routine? I thought so! And because you've been such good boys and girls this year I'm not only adding KARA's rhapsody in white short-shorts music video for "Winter Magic" to this post, but I'll also be including a bonus Japanese "Kentucky Christmas" KFC commercial, starring Japanese ingenue Haruka Ayase. Take it away, babes!

On the 8th Day of J-Pop Christmas: KARA Christmas for Family Mart Fried Chicken

KARA - "Winter Magic"

On the 11th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: L'Arc en Ciel's "Hurry Xmas"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 16, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
Oh Hai. Here we are again with the second in a series of J-Pop "Christmas" videos. Today's feature: L'Arc en Ciel's 2007 swingin' holiday jam "Hurry Xmas" featuring way more than the 11 Santas a-fist bumping mentioned in the title, you're welcome. Stay tuned for more holiday cheer as the 12 Days of *J-Pop* Christmas keeps on truckin' - woot!

On the 11th Day of Christmas: L'Arc en Ciel - "Hurry Xmas"

On the 10th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 15, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
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Oh hai! メリークリスマス again everyone! I'm here again with today's installment in the 12 Days of J-Pop Christmas wherein we celebrate the wild wonderful spectrum of J-Pop Christmas hits both classic and funky fresh. If you're keeping up with this list, checking it twice as it were, welcome back! Today's addition pays homage to award winning musician, composer, producer, writer, singer, pianist and actor Mr. Ryuichi Sakamoto! If you think you've never heard of him chances are you have at least heard a sampling of his work whether it be while strapped into the dentists chair, waiting for some elevator doors to open or watching the Last Emperor. His other works include a career pioneering electronica with his band Yellow Magic Orchestra, a successful career as a pop music producer and a semi-successful career as a pop musician, his international notoriety stemming from numerous Golden Globe, Academy Award and BAFTA nominations and wins as a film composer.

So without further ado here's Ryuichi Sakamoto of Yellow Magic Orchestra playing his beautiful work "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" live in Europe 2009. And remember: I'll be adding to the 12 Days of J-Pop Christmas line-up everyday until the hull on my Christmas vessel breaches in a holiday display both beautiful and terrible to behold.

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On the 12th Day of *J-Pop* Christmas: Hello Project/Morning Musume's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 14, 2011 12:00am | Post a Comment
Okay, so it ain't twelve drummers drumming but c'mon! Marveling at twelve wee lasses cute-ing it up in reindeer costumes, prancing in unison along with a holiday karaoke backing track isn't something that happens to you very often, no? I'm guessing because, you know, this sort of thing happens to me all the time. That's why this year I'm going to take a perfectly annoying traditional English Christmas carol and marry it with a series of twelve patently Christmas, increasingly ecstatic J-Pop "merry x'mas" videos to celebrate the spirit of the season. Curious about Christmas in Japan? Peep my take on it here and enjoy the 12 Days of *J-Pop* Christmas! Happy holidays from me and everyone here at Amoeba!

On the 12th Day of Christmas: Hello Project / Morning Musume - "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

Slam A Stack of Holiday Cheer with the Yule Logs!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, December 9, 2011 02:30pm | Post a Comment
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It's the most wonderful time of the year! 'Tis the season for the
Yule Log's holiday tour-a-thon which also means that the 7th annual anything-goes seasonal revue "Christmas is the BEST!" - going down this Sunday, December 11 at Amnesia SF with hosts Uni & her Ukelele and Dr. Trucker, with the Yule Logs headlining the gig. I borrowed a Log or two for a fleeting yet intriguing interview - do read on, below:

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