For the past 8 years or so, I’ve been a fan of the Japanese group Arashi. Although I use the word ‘fan’, in reality it’s pretty lowkey and sometimes I don’t keep up with them for years. Recently, however, I checked in with them again through a newfound obsession with their show on Fuji TV, VS Arashi.
I figured I might as well check what I’ve missed music-wise, and came across a song called Kokoro no Sora, released in 2015. The theme for the song, the accompanying video and even the album, is Japan. More specifically, Japan as viewed from the outside.
Now, not only did I recognize traditional Japanese things and influences in the video set design, costumes & choreography, I also came across the ‘Japan from the outside’ bit. And things suddenly got a lot more hilarious. And by hilarious I mean “I thought about this too much and things turned really serious all of a sudden”. Continue reading