I made two playlists on Spotify.

Hello! I usually write this blog on Sundays, but today is a weekday, and it’s the end of the rainy season, so it’s raining outside.

Now, there’s a reason why I decided to write today. I created two new playlists on Spotify, and I wanted to introduce them to you.

The two playlists are “ラテンなYUKIO-YUKIO Latin” and “ハードロックなYUKIO-YUKIO Hard Rock”. They feature my original songs with Latin rhythms and hard rock vibes, respectively.

In the past, I’ve made several playlists as part of my music streaming service strategy, but I always felt unsure about the purpose of making them. I ended up creating a lot of random playlists without a clear motive. However, I believe these two new playlists are quite good.

Previously, I focused on creating albums, aiming to convey my world view through the entire album. While that hasn’t changed, I realized that creating playlists offers a different way of experiencing my music.

A different perspective from the album’s world view…

This new approach involves grouping similar songs from my original works. “ラテンなYUKIO-YUKIO Latin” includes songs with Latin rhythms, and “ハードロックなYUKIO-YUKIO Hard Rock” features hard rock songs. These playlists reflect this idea. If albums represent a vertical axis, then playlists represent a horizontal axis.

Spotify Playlist: ラテンなYUKIO-YUKIO Latin

Why did I come to this realization? It’s because I’ve been listening to similar playlists myself for years! I didn’t create actual playlists, but I selected and listened to these songs in order during my morning or lunchtime breaks. I found the sequence enjoyable. Especially in this season, “ラテンなYUKIO-YUKIO Latin” feels refreshing when listened to in the hot summer. The other playlist, “ハードロックなYUKIO-YUKIO Hard Rock”, feels intensely hot and exhilarating when listened to on a scorching summer day, like eating spicy curry or mapo tofu while sweating profusely.

Spotify Playlist: ハードロックなYUKIO-YUKIO Hard Rock

Spotify is a free streaming service, so why not give these playlists a listen? They are perfect for summer. As the creator, I assure you won’t be disappointed. If you like them, please follow me.

Spotify Artist Page: YUKIO

Available for download and purchase, with plenty of previews! Give it a listen! If you like it, you can purchase it through credit card or PayPal.

  • YUKIO Fifteen songs with guitar accompaniment and vocals
  • YUKIO PIANO Thirteen piano accompaniment with vocals songs
  • COCOLO Thirteen band-formatted songs
  • SUN Thirteen band-formatted songs 
  • MOON Ten band-formatted songs
  • AOMORI Mini album of 5 songs
  • STORY Thirteen band-formatted songs

I’m distributing my music on various platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Line Music, and Amazon Music. I recommend listening to my work through these platforms. CDs are also available for purchase

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

Hello everyone, it’s been half a year. How have you been? I’ve been so busy practicing the piano that I haven’t had time to write this blog. Practicing the piano at my age won’t really lead to anything, but my body and mind crave it. As a result of following this feeling, I hardly had any time to write this blog. Haha.

Today is Sunday, and perhaps because I practiced in the community center’s piano room yesterday, I unusually felt like writing this blog from the morning. It’s currently the rainy season in Japan, but it’s already as hot as summer. The unique humidity in Japan makes it incredibly hot during this time of year. Despite this heat, today was the voting day for the Tokyo gubernatorial election, and I went to the polling station. Haha.

With the pandemic now over, the streets of Tokyo are overflowing with foreigners. There are Chinese, Koreans, people from Southeast Asia, white people, black people—travelers from all over the world. Sometimes, with all the different languages mixed together, I find myself wondering if this is really Japan. Recently, I’ve seen many people who seem to be living in Japan rather than just visiting as tourists.

In the park, there was a noisy parent and child playing with a remote-controlled car. When I listened closely, they were speaking Chinese, and I was surprised to realize they were Chinese. Japanese people don’t usually play with remote-controlled cars in the park, I thought. But why would a Chinese parent and child be playing in a Japanese park? People who are just visiting Japan wouldn’t leisurely play in a park, so I speculated that they might be staying in Japan for a longer period.

One night, when I went to a convenience store to buy alcohol, I saw a white man at the register paying for electricity and gas. A tourist wouldn’t be paying utility bills at a convenience store! So, I concluded that this white man probably lives nearby. During the pandemic, I hardly saw any foreigners, but in the past year or so, the number of foreigners living in Japan, or at least in Tokyo, has significantly increased.

I don’t agree with the recent news and online information calling for the expulsion of foreigners. However, for those who are going to live in a place for an extended period rather than just travel, I think they should live according to the local customs and rules. There’s a Japanese proverb that says, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” I would like to advise foreigners who have started living in Japan to follow Japanese living rules. If they do, I’m sure they’ll find Japan to be a wonderful country.

I want a friend

Original song available for download. Ample preview options! Why not give it a listen? If you enjoy it, you can purchase it via PayPal.

  • YUKIO Fifteen songs with guitar accompaniment and vocals
  • YUKIO PIANO Thirteen piano accompaniment with vocals songs
  • COCOLO Thirteen band-formatted songs
  • SUN Thirteen band-formatted songs 
  • MOON Ten band-formatted songs
  • AOMORI Mini album of 5 songs
  • STORY Thirteen band-formatted songs

I’m distributing my music on various platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Line Music, and Amazon Music. I recommend listening to my work through these platforms. CDs are also available for purchase

I have started free streaming distribution.

It’s been a while. It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve headed to this blog, and I’m afraid I might forget how to write, but I found myself with some free time this Sunday afternoon and ended up here. Haha.

As I pondered what to write, there was only one topic that came to mind: since the end of last year, I’ve decided to make all the original songs I’ve created available for free streaming on the internet.

Yes, completely free.

I’ve always been vehemently against free streaming on the internet, but I’ve finally succumbed to the changing times. To be honest, I didn’t really have a choice. I need to explain why I decided to take this action.

Until now, I’ve only offered my guitar and piano solo pieces for free streaming, while keeping the fully produced band versions available only as paid downloads. However, I’ve now made all the fully produced band versions available for free streaming as well.

The main reason is that hardly anyone downloads them. Haha. While the cost of streaming isn’t significant, there are still some expenses involved. Looking at the total income over the past three years, I realized that streaming generates more revenue than downloads. So, I thought, why not make all the other pieces that were previously only available for download also available for free streaming? However, I knew this would happen from the beginning, and yet, I chose not to offer the fully produced band pieces for free streaming until now. But this time, I decided to go ahead and make everything free.

It’s not just about the financial aspect; there has also been a change in my mindset. I’ve always felt that my music doesn’t quite fit into this world, and I don’t think I have much time left in my life. So, rather than spend the rest of my life feeling alienated from the world, I decided to change my approach.

It’s not that my music doesn’t fit into this world; it’s just that this world doesn’t seem to need my music. There’s no deeper meaning to it. It’s time to stop fantasizing. When I die, my music will disappear with me, so whether it’s paid or free doesn’t matter. I just want as many people as possible to listen to it, so I’ve made it free for everyone to listen to online.

Please give it a listen if you can.

Thank you.

“I’m translating with ChatGPT.”

“ON MY WAY BACK HOME AFTER WORK” Piano Accompaniment with Vocals


Original song available for download. Ample preview options! Why not give it a listen? If you enjoy it, you can purchase it via PayPal.

  • YUKIO Fifteen songs with guitar accompaniment and vocals
  • YUKIO PIANO Thirteen piano accompaniment with vocals songs
  • COCOLO Thirteen band-formatted songs
  • SUN Thirteen band-formatted songs 
  • MOON Ten band-formatted songs
  • AOMORI Mini album of 5 songs
  • STORY Thirteen band-formatted songs

I’m distributing my music on various platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Line Music, and Amazon Music. I recommend listening to my work through these platforms. CDs are also available for purchase

typical Japanese

Hello, this is Hisashibiri. Today is December 31st, which is New Year’s Eve 2023. I’m Japanese, but there are some Japanese customs that I just can’t get used to. One of them was that at the end of the year, all Japanese people do a lot of cleaning. They cleaned the inside of their house to make it shine without a single speck of dust. lol

When I was a child, my parents used to clean the house from top to bottom in preparation for the New Year, even though they had a lot of fights. Even though it’s this cold winter season, they don’t even turn on the stove and are raging the hallways and rooms. As a child, I had no choice but to do what they told me. LOL There is no such absurdity in the world! That’s what I thought as a child.

I wish we could stop this custom! I still think about this even now as an adult. So I asked Chat GPT if the custom of year-end cleaning exists in other countries and regions other than Japan, and I was told that it seems to be the case in China, South Korea, and Iran, and that it also exists in Jewish tradition. I was somewhat convinced that it wasn’t something only found in Japan.

However, year-end cleaning is still a pain for me and I don’t want to do it. It’s just that my family looks at me with disdain. LOL When I went out without cleaning or wrote a pointless blog like this, I would get some snarky comments like, “It’s the end of the year, so make sure to clean your room!” I won’t give in to this kind of peer pressure unique to Japan! I find myself rebelling against my family every year.

Just because it’s the end of the year, why do I have to do a big cleaning? Where did the individual freedom of not having to clean go? Is there any point in cleaning even if you fight and ruin your mood? I’ll do as much cleaning as I want after New Year’s! I always make a promise in my heart every year, but in the end, on New Year’s Eve, I will take the initiative to grab a vacuum cleaner and clean every corner of the house.

I am a typical Japanese person. very loud laugh

Happy New Year everyone!

You can download YUKIO original Japanese songs! Would you like to listen? You can also listen to it. 

I also distribute music on other sites.

French and Japanese cuisine

Hello, everyone. Long time no see! Is anyone still reading this blog? LOL. Now, what should I write about? By the way, the other day, I was tasked with creating sheet music by transposing the key for about six French chansons. I quickly worked on them, and lately, I’ve been receiving similar requests quite often. The more I delve into analyzing chansons, the more I’m impressed by how intricately they are crafted.

Originally, I thought you could just add a few chords to the basic three chords, right? However, complex chord progressions are incorporated, and it feels like, even if I try to integrate such progressions into my own compositions, I probably can’t. French musicians probably learn about such chord progressions in music school. But for me, a Japanese person, it’s like enjoying sophisticated French cuisine – delightful but somewhat like being in a different world. I can’t help but wonder, do we really need such intricate compositions?

However, nowadays, even Japanese hit songs have become very complex. I think the structure of songs is not so different based on the country or region. Nevertheless, I believe that, in the end, music must convey the essence of the person who created it. In that regard, I feel that many Japanese hit songs are just imitations of the West.

Why does this happen? I think it’s because Japan has a relatively short history of tonal music. While Japan has its unique folk songs and instruments, trying to express them in Western tonal music becomes challenging. For the Japanese, French cuisine is delicious and exquisite, but what really suits us is sushi and fish dishes with flavorful broth.

This time, I got a bit serious. Let’s meet again somewhere. LOL.

This time, I tried using ChatGPT for translation for the first time.

Autumn wind

You can download YUKIO original Japanese songs! Would you like to listen? You can also listen to it. 

I also distribute music on other sites.