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EXO To Debut in Japan: Who Has The Best Japanese Singles?

So I just heard that EXO is debuting in Japan...
"According to music officials on August 25th, preparations for EXO’s debut Japanese album is underway, however, the release date has not been set though it is highly possible that they will release it at the end of the year."
And it got me thinking about all the Kpop/Jpop crossovers that I LOVE.

Below I listed my four favorite Japanese tracks by Korean artists that you MUUUUUST listen to.

Big Bang - Koe wo Kikasete

I love all of Big Bang's Japanese singles - mainly because I was in Japan when they first debuted and I had to convince my host family that Kpop was the next big thing. For some reason though, this is the song I love the most. It's a gorgeous video plus just a gorgeous track!

Infinite - She's Back (Japanese Version)

I'm usually not a huge fan of Japanese remakes (I prefer original Japanese songs) because the Japanese lyrics tend to not fit will with the beat that was written for the Korean words. For some reason though, I really, really like the Japanese version of She's Back.
Hoya's rap is amaaaaazing.

TVXQ - Why Did I Fall in Love With You?

I will always be a TVXQ 5EVER Cassiopeia. I honestly can't bring myself to listen to the new TVXQ stuff because these five boys are the reason I got into Kpop in the first place.
TVXQ were the first Koreans to really break into the Jpop scene. They had to start back at the bottom of the food chain and were treated like rookies and nobodies because, in Japan, they were! Now it's easy for Kpop groups to make Japanese debuts and that is all thanks to the suffering of TVXQ. I seriously love these boys to pieces and just listening to this song makes me want to cry for them.
This song is heart breaking, beautiful, and shows just how talented the members of TVXQ really are.

TVXQ - Stand By U

I studied Japanese for two years and this was one of the first songs I listened to where I actually understood every word.
This is another heartbreaking song that takes my breath away. I'm not really a ballad person when it comes to Kpop but something about Japanese ballads makes me so happy.
I could also add B1A4's Japanese singles (but not their Japanese remakes cause the Japanese just sounds awkward LOL), SNSD, and CN Blue to the list!!!

I want to get back into studying Japanese so send me tracks to listen to! List your favorites in the comments:

Also just a shameless VIXX promotion but they just dropped a new PV...

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Wait wait wait so then exo M is gonna be singing in chinese korean and japanese. I hope they dont stress out so much cause that is mucho languages
daesungs Japanese solo albums, duh. lol
I love anything TVXQ does in Japanese. they are my absolute fave...BoA as well. Koe wo kikasete is also one of my favorite Japanese big bang songs mainly because it was used as the opening song for the dram Ohitorisama. Koike Teppei is crazy adorable! 😙
My favorite Kpop Japanese song is SHINee's "Can I Get Your Number?".
All of SHINees japanese promotion lol
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NCJM56 "A Lost Child, Found" [For future reference: Present Day chapters in Regular type; Past/Memory chapters in BOLD ITALIC; P.O.V - REGULAR ITALIC] Note: Posting as I go... Jun Myeon came to a stop on the edge of an island in the middle of the Pacific. The night air was warm and tropical, his still frozen joints were starting to warm up and melt. He swung his arms around, squatted a few times, rolled his neck making it crack, trying to the cold out of his joints. He walked along the beach under the full moon light. He could see off in the distance, there was a party going on. That was good, he thought, maybe he can blend in, find that one person who's a little too intoxicated to realize that they are taking a night troll with a vampire, too intoxicated to realize he's drinking from them… Or, he could just fly down and snatch one up and take them high up and drink them dry. Because at this point, his thirst was insansible. 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He stopped and looked down at her, his hands clasped behind his back. He didn't want to seem like he was going to pounce on her.  At this point, she could scream and people would come running. He looked around, he could see the bon fire blazing high down the beach, he didn't realize how far he was from there. He calculated, that no one would have heard her scream at this distance. He looked back down at her and smiled. "Yes." She huffed getting up off the sand. "I'm looking for an asshole about this tall, fat fucker…"  Jun Myeon pointed into the tree, "I saw man back there, passed out while he was taking a leak. Maybe that's him. Although, he wasn't a fat fucker." He smiled even more. She narrowed her drunk eyes at him and marched past him into the trees. He followed her. "Where are you?" She called, stumbling from time to time, "dammit, damn You! You always ruin everything!" 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She screeched.  The little girls face looked frightened.  The woman apologized, and kneeled down, offering her hand to come closer, "I'm sorry little one, you just scared me, I didn't mean to yell at you. Are you, out here by yourself?" The little girl nodded, she rubbed her one eye cutely, and seemed to sob a little, "I'm looking for my dad… " NCJM57 : "Mesmerized" EXO FanFicsFans: @QueenPandaBunny @Indiglow @JaxomB @Jessicalista @ynsamgwlk @MaritessSison @MelissaGarza @Namjoonsbutt @YasminChavez @luna1171 @Matty0204 @SHINee4ever @tinafalcon22