Are you new to Japan Top 10? Or maybe you are a long time listener but just curious on the formatting of our show? This page will help listeners understand what our show exactly offers.
There are 7 types of Japan Top 10 episodes. They are the following (open each toggle to read more about them):
These episodes are titled usually “Japan Top 10 Month Year Countdown”. They are the signature product of Japan Top 10 and feature the top 10 Japanese songs from Japanese radio charts from that period listed in the title. One host is featured in each episode. For some of our Patreon Donors, they will also get 2 additional extra songs that come from a wide range of Japanese music themes. They are released on a monthly basis. A bonus top 10 episode is released once every other month as well, starting in April 2020, exclusively for Patreon donors in the Star and Platinum tiers.
At the beginning of each month, our host Ethel will select an artist or band to feature their top 4 biggest hits ever produced. For our Patreon Donors, that becomes the artist’s top 8 or top 12 biggest hits. The list of songs are normally sourced from Oricon and/or Japan Hot 100 charts but we do factor other considerations into each song’s ranking (such as the recognition of that song, views on YouTube, etc…)
These episodes are usually titled “Japan Top 10 Month Year Special: Theme”. Some of these episodes are collaboratives, meaning they feature 2 hosts discussing and educating listeners about the music on the episode; while others feature a solo host. The themes are decided either by a Patreon Donor or by our program director. They usually feature around 4 songs for public listeners and 8 or 12 songs for Patreon Donors, though we may choose to feature more or less tracks on the special episode, depending on the music director. Special episodes are not countdowns unless otherwise specified; they are just a list of songs that are considered within that theme (in no particular order). Special episodes does not have a set schedule of when they are released (depends on the occasion).
These are our biggest episodes and feature 2 different themes depending on the season it is released. One episode is released in the early July period while the other is released in the December/early January period. For the July period episode, they feature a specially selected theme while the December/early January period episode will feature the biggest songs of that previous year. They are hosted usually by all the hosts on the podcast due to the size of the episode. The specially themed episode’s list of songs are complied from Oricon and/or Japan Hot 100 charts but we do factor other considerations into each song’s ranking (such as the recognition of that song, views on YouTube, etc…). Our end of the year episode list of songs are based our own regular top 10 charts, Oricon charts, radio charts and other various factors that may determine a song’s popularity within that year. Free (regular) listener receive the top 10 songs of the episode, while Patreon donors will receive the top 15 or full top 20 tracks on the episode, depending on their level of support.
These episodes are mainly commentary based and discussions revolve around a certain Japanese cultural theme. Two hosts are put together to talk about the detailed intricacies within that Japanese cultural theme, including adding a few music tracks to give some light to the topic discussions. These episodes highlight our mission statement to educate, entertain and enhance the public’s engagement with Japanese music culture. These episodes are released on a bi-monthly basis. Patreon donors receive the full episode (regardless of level of support) while free (regular) listeners receive the first 15 minutes of the episode.
Debuting in September 2021, in these episodes, we discuss the latest news in the Japanese music scene and other current mainstream cultural topics. All listeners will be able to listen to the full episode in its entirety at this time. Similarly to our cultures episode, this episode will be mainly talk based and feature 5 songs to tag along with the topics we discuss. In the future, we may also release these episodes on YouTube, but if they do, the music will not be posted, due to licensing restrictions. We will do these episodes once every 2 months at this time.
In these episodes, we feature 2 indie artists who provide us with information on how they got into music and a lot of cool information from the artists/bands themselves. They are interviewed by two of our hosts. Indie artist episodes may also include artist performances exclusively heard on Japan Top 10! Tune in to learn about bands and artists around the world who get inspiration from Japanese music culture or are locally based in Japan! These episodes are released on a bi-monthly basis. All listeners will get the full version of the episode (for episodes after September 2020).
So what is our official format? We don’t formally have one because we do feature a wide variety of Japanese music, everything from Visual Kei to 80’s City Pop, but we do have an emphasize towards the J-Pop music genre.
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