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I like music. I like Japanese. Somewhere in that intersection, Melody Cafe was born.

Melody Cafe is a website which reviews music (mostly from Japan), provides translations of song lyrics, presents news about upcoming CD releases (and occasionally artist events), and gives information about music artists and CDs. Most of the artists mentioned here range from obscure to moderately popular in Japan. By “popular,” I mean that the average Japanese person walking down the street would know the artist. That being said, the average Japanese person is not familiar with most of my favorite artists.

This website originally began as a series of web pages on my old personal site back in 2001. It quickly became apparent that the kind of content I wanted to write (CD album reviews, information, tracklists, and translations of Japanese song lyrics) did not lend itself well to individually hand-coded HTML files. The layout and formatting were also in dire need of an upgrade.

Then, along came the blog revolution. After seeing how well the blog format worked for the kind of website I would like to create (I cite musicwhore.org specifically as one of these sites), I started making occasional Melody Cafe posts to my personal blog. I came to the conclusion in 2009 that letting Melody Cafe have its own blog was the best way to post this content on the web. In the past five years, I have been too busy with professional study and training to move this site to a new server until recently, which is where this site is now.

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