Japan Top 5 songs

  • 1995Singles
    DREAMS COME TRUE
    :『LOVE LOVE LOVEArashi ga kuru
    H Jungle With t
    :『WOW WAR TONIGHT Tokiniwa Okoseyo Movement
    Hukuyama Masaharu
    :『HELLO
    Mr.Children
    :『Tomorrow never knows
    Mr.Children
    :『Seesaw game Yuukanna Koi no Uta
  • 1995Album
    DREAMS COME TRUE
    :『DELICIOUS
    trf
    :『dAnce to positive
    Yumi Matsutoya:『THE DANCING SUN
    ZARD
    :『forever you
    Maki Ohguro:『LA.LA.LA
  • 1996Singles
    Mr.Children
    :『Namonaki shi
    globe
    :『DEPARTURES
    Kubota Toshinobu with NAOMI CAMPBEL:『LALALA LOVE SONG
    Spitz:『cherry
    Mr.Children
    :『Hana-Mémento-Mori-
  • 1996Album
    globe
    :『globe
    Namie Amuro:『SWEET 19 BLUES
    B’z
    :『LOOSE
    Maki Ohguro:『BACK BEATs #1
    MY LITTLE LOVER
    :『evergreen
  • 1997Single
    Namie Amuro:『CAN YOU CELEBRATE?
    KinKi Kids
    :『Garasu no Syounen
    Le Couple
    :『Hidamari no shi
    globe
    :『FACE
    SPEED
    :『STEADY
  • 1997Album
    GLAY
    :『REVIEW-BEST OF GLAY
    Mr.Children
    :『BOLERO
    globe
    :『FACES PLACES
    JUDY AND MARY
    :『THE POWER SOURCE
    ZARD
    :『ZARD BLEND SUN & STONE
  • 1998Single
    GLAY
    :『Yuuwaku
    SMAP
    :『Yozora no Mukou
    SPEED
    :『my graduation
    BLACK BISCUITS
    :『 ‎Timing
    GLAY
    :『SOUL LOVE
  • 1998Album
    B’z
    :『B’z The Best “Pleasure”
    B’z
    :『B’z The Best “Treasure”
    Every Little Thing
    :『Time to Destination
    Kawamura Ryuichi
    :『Love
    Yumi Matsutoya:『Neue Musik
  • 1999Sigles
    Hayami kentaroShigemori AyumiHimawari KidsDango gatsyoudan:『dango 3 kyoudai
    GLAY
    :『Winter,again
    Hamasaki Ayumi:『A
    Sakamoto Ryuichi:『Ura BTTB
    Utada Hikaru:『Automatictime will tell12cm)』
  • 1999Album
    Utada Hikaru
    :『First Love
    ZARD
    :『ZARD BEST The Single Collection kiseki
    globe
    :『CRUISE RECORD 1995-2000
    SPEED
    :『MOMENT
    L’Arc
    enCiel:『ark
  • 2000Singles
    Southern All Stars
    :『TSUNAMI
    Fukuyama Masaharu:『Sakurazaka
    Utada Hikaru
    :『Wait & See ‎Risk
    Mai Kuraki:『Love, Day After Tomorrow
    Hamasaki Ayumi
    :『SEASONS
  • 2000Album
    Mai Kuraki:『delicious way
    Hamasaki Ayumi
    :『Duty
    Shiina Ringo
    :『Syouso strip
    MISIA
    :『LOVE IS THE MESSAGE
    DREAMS COME TRUE
    :『DREAMS COME TRUE GREATEST HITS “THE SOUL”
  • 2001Singles
    Utada Hikaru
    :『Can You Keep A Secret?
    Hamasaki Ayumi
    :『M
    CHEMISTRY
    :『PIECES OF A DREAM
    Kuwata Keisuke:『Naminori Jonny
    Morning Musume
    。:『Renai Revolution 21
  • 2001Album
    Utada Hikaru
    :『Distance
    Hamasaki Ayumi
    :『A BEST
    Southern All Stars
    :『Ballad3 ‎the album of LOVE
    GLAY
    :『DRIVE-GLAY complete BEST
    Morning Musume
    。:『Best! Morning Musume1
  • 2002Singles
    Hamasaki Ayumi
    :『H
    Utada Hikaru
    :『traveling
    Hajime Chitose
    :『Wadatumi no ki
    Dragon Ash
    :『Life goes on
    GLAY
    :『Way of Difference
  • 2002Album
    Utada Hikaru:『DEEP RIVER
    Hamasaki Ayumi:『I am…
    MONGOL800:『MESSAGE
    MISIA
    :『MISIA GREATEST HITS
    Oda Kazumasa:『Jicou best
  • 2003Singles
    SMAP
    :『Sekai ni Hitotu dakeno Hana
    Hukuyama Masaharu:『NijiMimawariSorega subetesa
    Utada Hikaru:『COLORS
    Moriyama Naotaro:『Sakura
    RUI
    :『Tsuki no sizuku
  • 2003Album
    CHEMISTRY
    :『Second to None
    Hamasaki Ayumi
    :『RAINBOW
    B’z
    :『The Ballads ‎Love & B’z
    Moriyama Naotaro
    :『TOP OF THE POPS
    BoA
    :『VALENTI
  • 2004Singles
    Hirai Ken
    :『Hitomi wo dojite
    Mr.Children
    :『Sign
    Hirahara Ayaka
    :『Jupiter
    ORANGE RANGE
    :『Hana
    Mr.Children
    :『TenohiraKurumi
  • 2004Album
    Utada Hikaru
    :『Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.1
    Mr.Children
    :『Shifuku no oto
    Queen
    :『QueenJewels Veryー・BestofQueen
    EXILE
    :『EXILE ENTERTAINMENT
    Hamasaki Ayumi
    :『Memorial address
  • 2005Singles
    Shyuji to Akira
    :『Seisyun Amigo
    Ketumeishi
    :『Sakura
    Mr.Children
    :『Yojigen Four Dimensions
    ORANGE RANGE
    :『* ‎Asterisk
    GLAY×EXILE
    :『SCREAM
  • 2005Album
    ORANGE RANGE
    :『musiQ
    ketumeishi
    :『Ketunopolis4
    Hirai Ken
    :『SENTIMENTALovers
    Def Tech
    :『Def Tech
    EXILE
    :『PERFECT BEST
  • 2006Singles
    KAT-TUN
    :『Real Face
    Remioromen:『Cona Yuki
    Shyuji to Akria:『Seisyun Amigo
    Yamashita Tomohisa:『Daite Senyorita
    KAT-TUN
    :『SIGNAL
  • 2006Album
    Hiraiken
    :『Ken Hirai 10th Anniversary Complete Single Collection ’95-’05 歌バカ』
    Kota Kumi
    :『BEST ‎second session
    Kobukuro:『ALL SINGLES BEST
    Def Tech
    :『Catch The Wave
    B’z
    :『B’z The Best “Pleasure II”
  • 2007Singles
    Akikawa Masahumi
    :『Sen no kazeni natte
    Utada Hikaru
    :『Flavor Of Life
    Kobukuro
    :『Tubomi
    Arashi
    :『Love so sweet
    KAT-TUN
    :『Keep the faith
  • 2007Album
    Mr.Children
    :『HOME
    Koda Kumi
    :『Black Cherry
    Kobukuro
    :『ALL SINGLES BEST
    Avril Lavigne:『BestofSing
    Hamasaki Ayumi
    :『A BEST 2 -WHITE-
  • 2008Singles
    Arashi
    :「truthKazeno Mukouhe
    Arashi
    :「One Love
    Southern All Stars
    :「I AM YOUR SINGER
    GReeeeN
    :「Kiseki
    Shyuchishin
    :「Shyuchishin
  • 2008Album
    EXILE
    :『EXILE LOVE
    Amuro Namie:『BEST FICTION
    Kobukuro
    :『5296
    EXILE
    :『EXILE CATCHY BEST
    Utada Hikaru
    :『HEART STATION

 

Kanehara Hitomi

English

金原ひとみは作家で、バブル景気崩壊以降世代について本を書いています。大体、金原が扇情的でショッキングな話題について書いています。それなのに、日本人がショックを受けませんでした。たぶん、1990年代から日本人はショックを受けにくくなったのでしょう。それでも、金原はバブル以降に大人びたので、バブル以降の日本人の生活や欲求や夢などの特殊な見方を持っていると思います。この世代を理解できれば、日本の未来も理解できます。

自分も金原と同じ世代なので、日本人の若者の生活のことを勉強したいです。2009年の夏に、「蛇にピアス」と「オートフィクション」に基づく、いろいろな話題を研究しました。今学期、バブル以降の世代と日本社会の関係を研究します。

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年表:金原ひとみ

  • 1983年 (昭和58年) 東京に生まれる
  • 1990年 (平成2年)  日本のバブル景気が崩壊した
  • 1995年 (平成7年)  オウム真理教の地下鉄サリン事件
  • 1996年 (平成8年)  村上龍が新たなショック仕方は必要と言った
  • 2003年 (平成15年) 「蛇にピアス」で第27回すばる文学賞を受賞。同作で第130回芥川賞を受賞
  • 2005年 (平成17年) 「蛇にピアス」が英語で刊行した
  • 2006年 (平成18年) 「オートーフィクション」という第四目の作品は日本語で刊行した
  • 2007年 (平成19年) 「オートーフィクション」が英語で刊行した
  • 外部リンク

    “People of Today: Kanehara Hitomi” インタビューの抜粋

      「結局、怖じ気づいちゃって(スプリットタンを)できなかったけれど、自分自身も含め、身体改造に興味を持つ人間の心理を分析したくて、これを書いたのかもしれません」

      小説の中で彼女はルイにこう言わせている。〈陽が差さない場所がこの世にないのなら自分自身を影にしてしまう方法はないか〉

      「ほ んの些細なことがきっかけで、もうこんな世界にいたくない、明るいものの届かない影になってしまいたいと思う時があるんです。だからといって、暗く目立た ない存在になるのは、あまりに悲しいし、そんな人間で終わりたくない。その点、身体改造で武装すれば、存在感を放つ影になれる。見た目で判断する世の中 を、“近づくな”とシャットアウトできる。もう一つ、身体改造に惹かれる人の中には、自分の身体を使って“私はこれだけできる”ってことを証明したいとい う気持ちもあるような気がします」

    “People of Today: Kanehara Hitomi” (Subaru Prize for Literature, 2003)

      Subaru interview with Kanehara Hitomi about “Snakes and Earrings”
      「蛇にピアス」についてすばる文学賞と金原ひとみのインタビュー

    “Kanehara Hitomi Special Interview” (Shueisha, 2004)

      Shueisha interview with Kanehara Hitomi about “Ash Baby”
      「アッシュベイビー」について集英社と金原ひとみのインタビュー

    Customer Reviews (Amazon.jp)

      Reader reviews of “Snakes and Earrings”
      「蛇にピアス」の読者のレビュー


    Entry contributed by Pam Kennedy

    Post Bubble Culture

    After World War II, Japan underwent large-scale industrialization and modernization, leading to great economic prosperity. In order for this success to occur, the Japanese people threw themselves into their jobs. They worked hard and focused solely on the economy, disregarding the social ramifications wrought by  industrialization.

    In the 1990s, with the crash of the bubble economy, social issues became prevalent in Japan. Previously, people valued their work more than their personal lives, so when the job market crashed, their lives were left meaningless. This stressful event, perceived as uncontrollable, sparked the advent of the post-bubble culture we see in Japan today which is characterized by new-age social problems.  Initially, Japanese people developed into social phenomena such as otaku, freeters, and hikikomori as a way to cope with economic stress. Ironically, these coping mechanisms have now become social stressors in Japan.

    This is a picture of a strange-colored cactus growing out of lava. The lava, typically associated with volcanoes, represents the destruction caused by the economic crash. New, unexpected things have grown not only from the volcano, but also from the economic crash. Now, Japanese society is unsure about how to deal with these anomalies that have resulted from the collapse of the bubble economy.

    Timeline: Akihabara

    English | Japanese

    ● 1980’s:Accompanying the spread of the personal computer in household, major computer gaming chain stores appeared on the market.

    ● 1990’s:With the household chain stores appearing throughout the suburban outskirts of Tokyo, the sale of consumer durables at Akihabara was greatly reduced.

    ● 1994 年:The sale of computer goods increased.

    ● 2000 年:With name-brand computer sales in decline, otaku shops have arisen in their place.

    ● 2008 年:The Akihabara massacre took place on pedestrian-zoned Chūōdōri street.

    Japanese Music Timeline

    Japanese | English

    • 1960s – Inspired by Western acts such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Group Sounds represented a confluence of genres, evolving Japanese kayoukyoku pop of the 50s into Japan’s first rock genre.
    • 1967 – Kabushiki-gaisha Orikon formed.  Oricon provides information on the Japanese music industry, and its charts are a definitive measure of popularity.
    • 1970s – Progressive rock movement moves away from original psychadelic rock movement.
    • 1978 – Yellow Magic Orchestra formed, pioneering the electropop genre in Japanese that will later heavily influence modern Japanese pop and dance.
    • 1980s – Japanese alternative and noise rock genres flourish.  Japanese rock diverges into a myriad of styles including underground, punk, metal, and hardcore.
    • 1982 – X Japan founded, pioneering visual kei and popularizing power metal.
    • 1990s – Popular music sees rising use in other media such as film, anime, TV, drama, games, etc.  Some bands that took root in the 80s achieve wild commercial success.
    • 1997 – The first Fuji Rock Festival held.  It is followed by the openings of several other rock festivals.
    • 1999 – Glay holds a concert with 200,000 people in attendance: the largest ever in Japan.

    Timeline: Makeinu no Toboe

    English | Japanese

     

    o    1966: Junko Sakai is born in Tokyo

    o    1985: Japanese Equal Employment Opportunity Law is passed

    o    2000: Sex and the City television show begins satellite broadcast in Japan

    o    2003: Sakai’s Makeinu no Toboe (Howl of the Loser Dogs) essay is published in Japan

    o    2004: The word “makeinu” becomes one of the top ten winners in the annual Japanese “Prize for New and Popular Words”

    o    2005: Rika Kayama’s Kekkon ga Kowai (Marriage is Frightening) book is published in Japan

    o    2008: Makeinu no Toboe television drama broadcast in Japan

     

     

    Ijime, a Timeline

    English Japanese

    • 30 October 1890: The Imperial Restrict on Education was issued, outlining post-shogunate goals for Japanese education including producing students who thought alike, acted alike, and had the same store of knowledge.
    • Late 1800s- 1945: According to the Imperial Restrict on Education, Japanese students were educated in a strict system focusing on rote memorization, uniformity, and reverence to the Emperor and the Empire of Japan.,
    • 1970s (post-war Japan): Students began to rebel against this education system by acting violently against fellow students, teachers, and school property.
    • 1980s- 1990s: Japanese students who had been educated abroad began to return to Japan and became targets for bullying by both students and teachers alike for being inherently “different,” because of their foreign views and behavioral patterns.
    • 1992-1996: The number of Ijime (bullying)-related arrests fluctuated at an alarming rate.
    • 1998: The National Diet took action calling for reforms that would end “mind-numbing” and competitive examinations that students were required to take.
    • November 2006: In the span of just 4 days, a string of 5 student suicides across Japan was reported; all cases were linked to bullying.
    • Present: Abuse has taken the form of “Cyber Bullying” in an attempt to bring the bullying outside of school jurisdiction and hide it from the authorities. Methods such as text messages and internet bulletin boards are used to ridicule, torment, and harass students and teachers.

    Timeline: Kanehara Hitomi

    English | Japanese

    • 1983: Born in Tokyo
    • 1990: The Japanese economic bubble collapsed
    • 1995: The Aum Shinrikyo subway sarin gas incident
    • 1996: Murakami Ryuu says a new method of shocking is necessary
    • 2003: Snakes and Earrings won the 27th Subaru Literary Award. The same novel won the 130th Akutagawa Prize.
    • 2005: Snakes and Earrings is published in English
    • 2006: Autofiction, her fourth novel, is published in Japanese
    • 2007: Autofiction is published in English

    Timeline: Population Crisis

    English | 日本語

    • 1 October 2007: Population of Japan reaches 127,771,000
    • 2008: Population begins to decline
    • Average age to marry for male and female respectively is 30.2 and 28.5
    • Average life expectancy for male and female respectively is 79.29 and 86.05
    • ~2050: Population of Japan is projected to be 95,152,000 (the same population level as 1960s)

    To be added

    Population Demographics
    Birthrate
    Marriage Rates
    Deportation Rates
    Natural Increase of Population
    Registration of Foreign Residents
    Registration of Foreign Residents

    Environment Timeline

    English | Japanese

    • 1878-1912: Environmental pollution first becomes a concern with the modernization and industrialization associated with the Meiji period
    • 1956: Drainage from chemical factory causes methyl mercury poisoning, or Minamata Disease
    • 1967: Basic Law on Environmental Pollution Control
    • 1971: Environment Agency established
    • 1972: Nature Conservation Law passed
    • 1992: Rio Summit- UN conference on environment and development
    • 1993: Basic Environment Law enacted. Goal: assure good environment for future generations
    • 1997: Kyoto Protocol- international environmental protection agreement made by UN
    • 2001: Environment Agency is promoted to Ministry of the Environment- has more governmental influence
    • Present: Current major issues include- global warming, preservation of the ozone layer, water and soil, waste management and recycling, conservation of the natural environment, and participation in international cooperation