Kankyo Ongaku: A Brief History of Japanese Ambient Music

blackcountryrock.co - 04-19


It transpires that I was ahead of the curve. Well, there’s a first time for everything. Two years after my trip of a lifetime to Japan in 2017, all manner of Japanese music and culture is bubbling to the surface. It’s sakura time in the UK and my other half has a matching handbag. Every time I go into the old Foyles book shop in London, there’s a new display of featured Japanese literature. The new Emperor is about to ascend in Japan for the start of the Reiwa era, the first time that the period name has been taken from Japanese rather than Chinese classical literature. The vogue for Japanese minimalism and decluttering your home seems to have superseded hygge as the go-to thing for the stresses and strains of living in the UK. Japan seems omnipresent.