I’ve always loved anime as can be read here: Akira. We’ve introduced it to our children since they were young. There are certain storylines that I have really enjoyed. I even debate “Subbed” vs “Dubbed” with people depending on the show (Subtitles whenever possible in my opinion).
Yesterday was a rainy day, so in the morning I played around with my android box and Kodi. For those that don’t know, Kodi is a program that allows streaming of videos and music from around the world. I was able to self-teach myself how to navigate it through my iPhone via an app. It didn’t take long to set up and learn. As I was browsing the music stations, I discovered Vocaloid Radio. Essentially it was electronic dance music sung in Japanese. After playing some J-Pop music through the house, my two youngest children came to me and asked to build their models they purchased last month at one of the conventions we were at.
It seems that hearing the anime music inspired them to want to build their Gundam model bears. I find it fascinating that music can bring forth ideas of where the music is from. Japanese J-Pop brought my children thoughts of anime, mech robots and sushi. If I played classical chamber music (personal favorite btw) throughout my home, it brings me thoughts of elegance and royalty. If I play techno or disco, I am brought back to the nightclubs of my youth.
Music strikes emotional responses in everyone. It’s one of the universal languages that everyone understands. I don’t speak Japanese, Korean, German, French or any other language for that matter. But I love listening to music, both modern and traditional, from around the world. It brings me to these places without leaving the comfort of my home.
Today, I enjoyed some 80’s party mix radio and Depeche Mode radio. I plan on exploring more radio stations throughout the summer. First, I’m going to install some more speakers in my backyard so that I can enjoy gardening at the same time.
Until then, I’m off to discover some K-Pop, Reggae and Bossonva.