Over the course of our journey, a lot of people have asked me about Japanese Christian music.
I wish I had a time to write a dedicated article about Japanese Christian music scene (if such thing exists, or it’s very small even if existed), but I don’t have enough time for that.
So instead, I made a Spotify playlist here, featuring some Christian artists/bands I know of.
One thing I have to mention.
This is NOT ALL.
There are so many artists/bands I couldn’t find on Spotify (or other music streaming services in that matter), especially those artists from older generations (for whom I have huge respect).
Also keep in mind that smaller indie bands tend not to release their albums on Spotify and other streaming outlets.
So I have to say Spotify is not the whole world. It’s probably not even half of the world.
One more thing is, I didn’t include some “church worship team” type of artists and albums. It’s hard to draw a clear line but I didn’t want to make it “too churchy” (if it makes sense).. ..
But here it is.
I hope you explore the world of Japanese Christian music and find your new favorite artists.
Oh by the way don’t forget to follow my band Imari Tones on Spotify, too!!
The artists I included in the playlist (Update May 11, 2021)
Night de Light
Soul of Faith
Ko & Saori
Shin a.k.a Mamiya
Tatsuya Shioya, Miwa Shioya
Atsuki Ryo with Jesus Mode
Four Leaf Sound
Chu Kosaka (Michtam Worship)
Some artists/bands I wanted to include but could not find on Spotify
B.D.badge (also known as Eikogo)
Peter’s Chicken Party
The Spicky Heads
There are many Christian/Gospel artists. It’s virtually impossible to include them all. Please note that this is only limited within my knowledge.
As of July2020, I really wondered if I would include Kenta Dedachi (DedachiKenta). He is young and has a possibility not limited to Christian music. His first album is not really a Christian album. But it’s true he has a Christian background. So I decided to include his song anyway.
My knowledge is limited and I’m pretty sure there are/were many more great Christian artists in Japan.
If you know one, please let me know.
God bless you all!!