Recultured #3: Adapt — How Covid-19 changed Japan's pop culture

Dec 22, 2020, 10:00 AM

As Japan's state of emergency comes to an end, NiziU's "Make You Happy" becomes the song of the summer.

In Episode 3 of Recultured, we discuss what happens when the government lifts Japan's state of emergency, and the country attempts to adjust to a "new normal." Pop group NiziU’s song “Make You Happy” provides an upbeat soundtrack for the summer, and hints at bigger changes underway.

Guests on this episode:

Music discussed in this episode:
  • "Make You Happy" by NiziU — Japan's summer anthem
  • "Racing into the Night" by Yoasobi — Japan's stay-at-home song
  • "I'm Good" by Hilltop Hoods — Shaun's pick of the pandemic 
  • "Savage" by Megan Thee Stallion — Alyssa's pent-up energy release

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This episode was hosted by Shaun McKenna and Alyssa I. Smith. It was written by Patrick St. Michel and Oscar Boyd, with extra help from our intern Tadasu Takahashi. It was produced by Oscar Boyd. Our theme music was by LLLL, and this episode was recorded at the Temple University Japan Campus in Sangenjaya, Tokyo. Illustrations by Ming Ong.

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