和楽器生活 - パート 2   Wagakki Life – Part 2

今回の投稿は単に私の一番好きなバンドの和楽器バンドについて話してほめたいと思う。私の意見ですが、和楽器バンドは日本の中で、一番かっこいいバンドの一つだ!私にとって、グッズを一杯買ったり毎コンサートに行ったりバンドか歌手の名前を叫んだリするほど芸能人とか俳優の大ファンになるそんなタイプじゃないけれど、といっても、一番そういうことに近着いたのは、和楽器バンドなんだ。もう二回コンサートにいったことがあるし、パーカーやCDやアクセソリーなど買った。あ、そして、ファンクラブも入りました。たぶんそれは本当にファンになったことになるだろうね!

I’d like to take this time to just brag on my favorite band, Wagakki Band! Wagakki Band is in my opinion one of the coolest bands over here! I’ve never really been one to be a fan of a particular musician or actor or celebrity to the point that I buy a bunch of their merchandise and go to every concert screaming their name, but I’d say Wagakki Band is the closest I’ve ever gotten to that : P I’ve been to two concerts already, bought a hoodie and a few CDs and a few accessories. Oh, and I entered the fan club! I guess that makes me a fan! : P

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でも、正直に、このバンドが出している音楽とほかの音楽者のために作っている文化的な道で、とても偉いと思うよ。西洋なものをあこがれてきた国には、このバンドが同時に日本の伝統的な文化を敬いながら現代のつながりもなくさないで質の高いJロックの音楽を作る方法を発見できたと思う。このバンドはどうか古い日本文化も新しい日本文化も合わせて、いい音を出せた。

All goofing aside, though, I really admire this band for the music they’re putting out, and for the cultural path they’re blazing for other artists. In a nation that seems to be increasingly hungry for Western stuff, I feel like this band has found a way to honor and use traditional Japanese culture while at the same time staying in touch with modernity and producing high-quality J-Rock music. They’ve managed to integrate both old Japanese culture and new Japanese culture together, and make it sound good.

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それで、和楽器バンドは新年の始めに今までに一番大きい会場らしい日本武道館でコンサートすることになったと聞いたら、行かなきゃいけないと思った!それで、東京に行った!私が住んでいる三重県から、やく三時間四時間だった。でも、めっちゃよかったよ!もちろんカメラは禁止だったものなので、コンサートそれ自体の写真はあまりできなかったけど、聞けたのは素晴らしかった!そして、和楽器を現代音楽に合わせて音楽者になりたい人としては、そんな演奏を見ることそれより、そんな演奏がうまくできたのを見ることは大励ましだ。

So when I heard that Wagakki Band was starting off the new year playing in the Nihon Budokan (The National Martial Arts Stadium), which I later learned was their biggest venue yet, I just had to go! So off to Tokyo I went! It was about 3-4 hours from where I live. But it was totally worth it! They didn’t allow cameras during the concert, so I didn’t really get pictures of the actual concert itself, but they were so awesome to listen to! And as an aspiring musician aspiring to use a Japanese instrument in modern music, it was really inspiring to see it done, and done well.

アメリカにいて興味を持っている人、実際は、ニューヨークに3月14日にコンサートするらしいよ!がんばって、和楽器バンド!

For those in the States who are interested, they’re actually having a concert in New York on March 14th! Go Wagakki Band!

http://www.wagakkiband.jp

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About Stephen

My name is Stephen Gabriel Falke, and I am passionate for all things Japanese. I have been accepted to teach for the JET Program starting 2015. In the past, during my time in college, I also had the chance to participate in a study abroad at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan, for Japan's 2012 school year. On my blog I write about my love for Japan, my journey to get there and stay there, and my adventures studying and teaching there.
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One Response to 和楽器生活 - パート 2   Wagakki Life – Part 2

  1. So… when you said that bit about screaming over this band, I thought, “how could they be that good?” so I looked them up on YouTube… and wow man… just, wow! they’re amazing!

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