New Year's Eve Music
The New Years holiday is big in Japan. And while viewership has declined due to online streaming, the 紅白歌合戦 is still the biggest TV music event of the year. The performers represent the best of the best for that year.
What Is It?
The 紅白歌合戦, literally translating to "Red and White Song Battle," is a highly popular and iconic annual music show in Japan. Broadcast on New Year's Eve by NHK, the country's public broadcasting organization, the program marks the end of the year with a festive and competitive spirit. The show features a range of performances by popular musicians, idol groups, and ensembles, who are divided into two teams based on gender: the red team (紅組) representing women, and the white team (白組) representing men.
Each team performs various songs, ranging from traditional and enka to modern J-pop, rock, and beyond, showcasing the year's hits and sometimes special collaborations. The performances are interlaced with skits and entertainment segments. At the end of the show, a panel of judges along with audience votes determine the winning team. However, the competition aspect is often seen as secondary to the celebration and performances themselves. Kouhaku Uta Gassen is more than just a music show; it's a cultural institution, reflecting Japan's musical trends and the nation's mood as it transitions into the new year. It holds a sentimental place in many Japanese people's hearts as they watch it with family and friends, making it an integral part of New Year's Eve celebrations in Japan.
As a student of Japanese, getting to know Japanese popular culture will not only make learning Japanese more fun, it will also give you more interesting topics to discuss with your Japanese friends. If you are new to Japanese music, I would suggest spending a few minutes to listen to a short clip of each of the songs. Then pick one or two artists to get to know better.
Here are the playlists for the songs that will be played on the 74th annual 紅白歌合戦 New Year's Eve on Apple Music and Spotify.
Now, here are links to YouTube videos of the songs each artist will perform and (when available) a link to more information on the artist in our Makoto+ Names Course. (More content coming soon!)
First, let's look at the red team (the girls). The first column is the artist, the second is the song title, and the third has the links. The YouTube links will take you to the song (if available). The links on the names are to our Names Course detail pages (free for Shogun and Lifetime members).
Make you happy
Do not touch
milet × MAN WITH A MISSION
UNFORGIVEN （feat. Nile Rodgers） -Japanese ver.-
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Now, let's look at the white team (the boys). The YouTube links will take you to the song (if available). The links on the names are to our Names Course detail pages (free for Shogun and Lifetime members).
CASE 143 -Japanese ver.-
舞い落ちる花びら (Fallin' Flower)
Boom Boom Back
MAN WITH A MISSION × milet
Mrs. GREEN APPLE