Before anyone decides to take up a language, there is often a compelling reason behind it. Whether it was an interesting tid-bit you learnt about the language or a love interest you want to impress, we all have a reason(s) to dive into the mystical land of different vocabulary and sentence structure.
My Japanese language journey is irrevocably intertwined with Japanese pop music (colloquially referred to by those in the know as JPop). The main reason I wanted to learn Japanese in the first place, was so I could sing along to my favourite opening and closing themes from the animes I used to watch. Not only is (most) JPop just plain awesome, it also provides a way for you to study the language in a relaxed, informal setting.
Here are my top tips for improving your Japanese reading skills through JPop lyrics: