Jun 21 2011

Songs of Summer

Published by at 1:16 pm under Ayaya,berryz,buono,c-ute,Momusu,video

It’s summer refreshment time! So please, kick back and enjoy looking at this picture of my refreshment provided by International Wota. I bought ingredients and stuff to make a blueberry crisp with icecream! Here you can see the crisp editing a video. (Fun fact: All my videos are edited by baked goods)

Within the idol sub-genre of the Jpop genre, there are several sub-sub-genres, mostly seasonally based. There’s the “songs about spending (or not spending) Christmas with that special someone” genre (i.e. Aitai Lonely Christmas, Pittari Shitai Xmas). There’s the “it’s spring so we are mandated by Japanese law to sing about sakura” genre (i.e. Sakura Mankai, Sakura Chirari) But perhaps no idol genre is quite as prolific as the “summer song” genre.

So what constitutes a “summer song”? I put forth the following three qualifiers:

1. The song must be released within the time period of May through August.

2. The song must be light, upbeat, and cheerful. Preferably with a “refreshing” feel

3. The word “summer” or “natsu” doesn’t have to be in the title, but the lyrics and/or the PV must contain Japanese “summer” imagery which may include any of the following:

Use of the word “summer” or “natsu”, watermelon, yukata, festivals, fireworks, beaches, bikinis, bright colored beachwear, surfboards, beach balls, squirt guns, excessively sunny outdoor scenes, bubbles, ice cream, and shaved ice. Let me know if you think I missed any important ones.

Using these criteria, we can definitely say that not every song released during the summer is actually a “summer” song. I would also argue that many songs that include the word “summer” are not songs in the “summer” genre. For example, S/mileage’s “Yume Miru 15sai”  meets qualification numbers 1and 3 with a May release date, many uses of the word “natsu”, and mention of festivals and fireworks, but I wouldn’t consider it to be a true summer song because it fails qualification number 2. The overall feel is just too dark to really be in the summer genre. Morning Musume’s “Summer Night Town” and Berryz Kobo’s “Natsu Remember You” would be excluded for the same reason.

So, for your refreshment and viewing pleasure, here’s a compilation of some of H!p’s summeriest.


6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Songs of Summer”

  1. Nateon 21 Jun 2011 at 2:23 pm

    You forgot kingyo/goldfish scooping. For some reason that’s very much an indication of summer for japanese peopl

  2. celestiaon 21 Jun 2011 at 2:52 pm

    ^I was thinking that fit under the “festival” umbrella

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  4. Mozenatoron 27 Jun 2011 at 2:47 am

    Great job on this one (as usual) !! I also love the 2008 (I think) Summer H!P Concert performance by Gaki, Eri and Aika of “Toku Natsu”, one of my very favorites! Also, Maji Good Chance Summer, Natsu Wakame, and Koi Wa Hipparidako from Berryz…or even Genki Pika Pika because of that Alo OPV Momusu shot…

  5. celestiaon 27 Jun 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I wanted to put in Maji Good Chance summer, but I couldn’t get the video to work!

  6. Rebeccaon 04 Jul 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I’m so glad that Take It Easy is in there! I’m forever forgetting just how great I think that song is.