【Nic先生の英語ブログを読もう!】Do you listen to music in Japan? Tell me about it!

【Nic先生の英語ブログを読もう!】Do you listen to music in Japan? Tell me about it!

Hey everyone! Nice to ‘see’ you all, and I hope you’re all staying dry this time of year.

For the first time since my Boot Camp finished, I don’t feel ‘busy’. It’s a strange feeling, and I’m not sure if I like it…

※FEのブートキャンプに興味のある方は、前回の記事「【Nic先生の英語ブログを読もう!】2023 Fruitful English Yakushima Boot Camp Report!-屋久島ブートキャンプレポート!」をどうぞ!



And, what with the rainy season being upon us in Japan, it really feels like I’m spending more time inside, with more time on my hands!

So, I’ve turned to my old friend these days to pass the time:




I recently had a chat with a student during our フルフル online Skype course. She learned about music in Brazil, and how the majority of people listen to the radio for music there. Politicians even make music to share their political platform!

I was surprised, and it made me realise that music doesn’t seem that common in Japan. In Canada, almost all stores have music playing. In Japan though, if there is music playing, it’s usually ‘fake’ music. By that, I mean they play some simple covers of famous songs, or simply play the store’s theme song.

Similarly, I rarely hear music in public here. In Vancouver, we have ‘buskers’ around the city. A busker is someone who performs in a public area. So, we have buskers playing live music around town. That’s uncommon in Japan, from my point of view. In addition, it just seems like people don’t listen to music as much as back in Canada.

I would love to be proven wrong though! I always like finding new music, so write to me and tell me about music in Japan: what’s popular, where do people listen to it, and how do you make it?


I’ve been watching live performances nonstop on YouTube these days, and I’ve also got my guitar going again. We had a fun little singalong at the end of my Yakushima Boot Camp, and it reminded me how much I like enjoying music with friends. I’m a terrible singer, and my guitar skills are nothing to write home about, but there’s something about music that brings people together.

If you’ve ever performed, it actually gives you the same feeling as a roller coaster, or other exciting activity. When everyone can play along, and continue without mistakes, it’s exciting. My heart is actually pounding sometimes when I play a song well. While not exactly the same, I get the same excitement speaking Japanese. Speaking without mistakes is so satisfying, don’t you think?

Oh my! I’m out of words already, but I’ll finish this off next month! Until then, enjoy the music!


フルーツフルイングリッシュで英語表現の楽しさ感じてください 。初めての方には英作文添削チケット2回分をプレゼント。



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日本の小中学校で英語を教えるALT講師Nic先生は非常にユーモラスな先生です。台湾でも英語を教えていました。どこでも適応できるのがNic先生が自慢ができること。「肉先生」と読んで欲しいとたまに呼びかけられるかもしれません。こんなコミカルで愉快なNic先生から楽しく英語指導を受けませんか? 座右の名"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for."