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Olympics ceremony uses music from Japanese video games

TOKYO (AP) — The athletes of the Tokyo Olympics were greeted by a few familiar notes Friday night.

Those video game songs that get stuck in your head.

An orchestral medley of songs from iconic Japanese video games served as the soundtrack for the parade of countries at the opening ceremony. The arrangement included songs from games developed by SEGA, Capcom and Square Enix.

Video game themes are often maligned as annoying earworms, but in Japan, the music that accompanies games is considered an art form.

Video game composers are famous in Japan, and NieR, one of the series featured

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Anything goes in a balanced Japanese breakfast | Lifestyle

I’ve been lucky enough to have breakfast at Kagaya, the nicest hotel in Japan, two or three times in my life.

If you’re wondering what the breakfast is like at the nicest hotel in Japan, I’m here to tell you: two dried fish fillets, a bowl of rice, miso soup, boiled cabbage, two types of seaweed, a poached egg floating in fish broth, pickles, cod eggs, and a jellied orange.

What’s more, I’ve only eaten breakfast there after big company blowouts in the same hotel the night before. So I’m hung over, I’m up at 7 a.m. to eat before

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Music That Lives With You: Japanese Environmental Music on Bandcamp


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Music That Lives With You: Japanese Environmental Music on Bandcamp

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Shy Thompson

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Illustration by

Butt Studio

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June 14, 2021

While kankyō ongaku, a Japanese term meaning “environmental music,” does to some degree refer to the natural world, the word “environment” in this context is being used much more broadly. Rather than simply meaning “nature,” it is meant to describe any space people inhabit—man-made or otherwise. And it doesn’t exactly mean music inspired by those spaces either, although it can. Instead, it’s a term used to describe music that’s made to supplement the environment in

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