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Welcome to Holly Jolly X'masu, your podcast destination for Japanese Christmas music.

Holly Jolly X'masu Scott Leopold

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Welcome to Holly Jolly X'masu, your podcast destination for Japanese Christmas music.

    Tokyo Cuban Boys' "Christmas Dance Party"

    Tokyo Cuban Boys' "Christmas Dance Party"

    Welcome to episode 112 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I talk about the Tokyo Cuban Boys’ 1966 album, “Christmas Dance Party.”

    This is a wonderful album. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do. For a popular, prolific band with a career spanning nine decades, you’d think I’d have been able to find a little more biographical information about them. Their Wikipedia entry is short and repetitive, while their profile on their official website is mostly just a list of dates. I will talk about them a bit more when I cover Chiemi Eri, but most of that will be about her relationship with one of the band members and it’s not entirely relevant to the rest of the band.
    Join me back here next week for a mini-episode about singer, actor and activist, Akihiro Miwa. Then join me later in the month for Teruaki Kawamura’s “Merry Christmas Everyone – Folk Dance Party.” It’s a fun album that doesn’t show up very often. And listen in again on the 25th when I cover the 1962 compilation, “Young Christmas.” It’s one of the more sought-after records and one that, at one point, I didn’t think I’d ever be able to afford. They’re loaded with some great music you’re sure to enjoy.
    As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.
    Remember, I've added a button to my Ko-fi page. If you'd like to support me one cup of coffee at a time, a donation is only $3. I’ve also opened a Redbubble store. I only have a couple designs up, but keep an eye on it as I’ll be trying to add more. Half of any proceeds or donations received will be donated to support the people of Ukraine, while the rest will be used to purchase new Japanese Christmas music to review for future episodes. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if you get a chance, leave me a review on iTunes. Thanks!

    • 40 min
    Christmas For Anyone?

    Christmas For Anyone?

    Welcome to episode 111 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I talk about the 2004 compilation, “Christmas For Anyone?”

    I hope you enjoyed “Christmas For Anyone?” I’d say that it’s another of those unassuming albums loaded with a stellar lineup of lesser-known musicians, but that cover is anything other than unassuming. It’s a great collection, though, and one I’d already listened to multiple times before starting on this episode.

    Join me back here next week for an album I bought way back in the early days of my collecting. It’s one I’m excited to share, “Christmas Dance Party” by the Tokyo Cuban Boys, from 1966. It’s a Latin-tinged Mood Kayo album, and it’s likely one of the best things you’ll hear all month.
    As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.
    Remember, I've added a button to my Ko-fi page. If you'd like to support me one cup of coffee at a time, a donation is only $3. I’ve also opened a Redbubble store. I only have a couple designs up, but keep an eye on it as I’ll be trying to add more. Half of any proceeds or donations received will be donated to support the people of Ukraine, while the rest will be used to purchase new Japanese Christmas music to review for future episodes. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if you get a chance, leave me a review on iTunes. Thanks!

    • 45 min
    Superman Santa

    Superman Santa

    Welcome to episode 110 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I talk about the children’s book and album, “Superman Santa,” from 1986.

    I hope you enjoyed “Superman Santa.” While I would have loved a Casiopeia Christmas album, this was still a lot fun. It has an amusing premise and enjoyable music, and the book really adds to the experience. I’ll post the pictures below.

    Join me back here next month for a pair of great episodes. Up first is the 2004 compilation, “Christmas For Anyone?” It has an interesting blend of jazzy tunes and a cover that has to be seen to be believed. Then join me on the 25th for “Christmas Dance Party” by the Tokyo Cuban Boys. It’s a Mood Kayo treasure that’s sure to please everyone.









    As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.

    Remember, I've added a button to my Ko-fi page. If you'd like to support me one cup of coffee at a time, a donation is only $3. I’ve also opened a Redbubble store. I only have a couple designs up, but keep an eye on it as I’ll be trying to add more. Half of any proceeds or donations received will be donated to support the people of Ukraine, while the rest will be used to purchase new Japanese Christmas music to review for future episodes. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if you get a chance, leave me a review on iTunes. Thanks!

    • 41 min
    Jingle Jazz

    Jingle Jazz

    Welcome to episode 109 of Holly Jolly X'masu! April is Jazz Awareness Month, and in this episode, I talk about the 1998 album, “Jingle Jazz.”

    I hope you enjoyed “Jingle Jazz” as much as I do. I love a good Christmas Jazz album, and this one is one of the better, more recent ones in my collection. I know a fair number of people who won’t give Jazz a chance. Jazz encompasses such a wide array of styles, though, that that’s almost like saying they won’t give music a chance. I don’t listen to enough to be able to tell you which specific genres of Jazz I like, but there’s quite a bit that appeals to me, from Smooth Jazz, to really bizarre, improvisational Jazz. “Jingle Jazz” is diverse enough that it tends to hit all the sweet spots.

    Join me back here next week for something a little different. I’ll be talking about “Superman Santa,” a children’s book and record set from 1986. It actually fits the theme of month, at least a little, in that the music was composed by Minoru Mukaiya and Issei Noro from the Jazz Fusion band, Cassiopeia. It’s a lot of fun and one you’re sure to enjoy.

    As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.
    Remember, I've added a button to my Ko-fi page. If you'd like to support me one cup of coffee at a time, a donation is only $3. I’ve also opened a Redbubble store. I only have a couple designs up, but keep an eye on it as I’ll be trying to add more. Half of any proceeds or donations received will be donated to support the people of Ukraine, while the rest will be used to purchase new Japanese Christmas music to review for future episodes. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if you get a chance, leave me a review on iTunes. Thanks!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Pro Wrestling Spectacular

    Pro Wrestling Spectacular

    Welcome to episode 108 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, for my special Pro Wrestling Spectacular, I’m pitting the 1970s Christmas albums of pro wrestlers the Destroyer and Thunder Sugiyama against one another in order to determine which deserves the title of the Christmas World Heavyweight Champion.

    This was a fun episode for me. I hope you enjoyed both wrestlers’ albums as much as I did. I watched a ton of wrestling when I was younger and went to the closed-circuit broadcasts of Wrestlemanias 3-6, watching all the action on the jumbo screens at Dayton’s Hara Arena. One of my fondest memories from my early teenage years was going to a TV taping to see Hulk Hogan during the height of Hulkamania. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet a bunch of wrestlers, including Koko B. Ware, Rob Van Dam, Taz, and newly-inducted WWE Hall of Famer, Paul Heyman. I don’t follow it quite like I used to, but I still enjoy seeing all the big events.

    This episode was a lot of work, but it was also a lot of fun. I’ve been doing research for it off and on for about two years. Unfortunately, I didn’t keep track of all the blogs and articles I read. There were several things I wanted to double-check, but I couldn’t find where I’d read them originally so I had to leave them out. As promised in the episode, here’s Thunder Sugiyama’s debut single, “Crossroads.” I’m also including a match from each of them, both of which feature their mutual friend, Abdullah the Butcher.
    Thunder Sugiyama – Crossroads

    10.12.1975 - PWF United States Heavyweight title: The Destroyer (c) vs Abdullah The Butcher

    12.11.1972 - Abdullah The Butcher/Ciclon Negro vs Masio Koma/Thunder Sugiyama 2 of 3 Falls
    April is Jazz Awareness month, so join me next time for the 1998 album, “Jingle Jazz.” It has an unassuming and generic cover, but some of the finest Christmas Jazz you’re likely to hear. Then join me on the 25th for the 1986 children’s book and album, “Superman Santa.” It’s a lot of fun and one you won’t want to miss.

    As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.
    Remember, I've added a button to my Ko-fi page. If you'd like to support me one cup of coffee at a time, a donation is only $3. I’ve also opened a Redbubble store. I only have a couple designs up, but keep an eye on it as I’ll be trying to add more. Half of any proceeds or donations received will be donated to support the people of Ukraine, while the rest will be used to purchase new Japanese Christmas music to review for future episodes. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if you get a chance, leave me a review on iTunes. Thanks!

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Whistle Christmas!

    Whistle Christmas!

    Welcome to episode 107 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I talk about the 2008 album, “Whistle Christmas,” by Whistle Man.

    I hope you liked “Whistle Christmas!” as much as I do. Like I said in the episode, this is definitely better than my other April Fools offerings. I’ve mentioned before that I tend to listen to these albums at least a dozen times while researching and writing an episode. That can be a struggle occasionally, but it really wasn’t a problem this time around. There are only one or two songs I ever skipped while listening to it, and a few that I’ve added to my regular J-X’mas playlist.

    Join me back here next week for my special, double-length Pro Wrestling Spectacular. Wrestlemania LV is this year, and to coincide with that, I’ll be covering the 1970s Christmas albums from pro wrestlers the Destroyer and Thunder Sugiyama. I have a poll running, so click here to listen to samples from each of the albums and vote on which wrestler you feel deserves to be crowned the Christmas Heavyweight Champion. This listen in to hear the results.

    As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.
    Remember, I've added a button to my Ko-fi page. If you'd like to support me one cup of coffee at a time, a donation is only $3. I’ve also opened a Redbubble store. I only have a couple designs up, but keep an eye on it as I’ll be trying to add more. Half of any proceeds or donations received will be donated to support the people of Ukraine, while the rest will be used to purchase new Japanese Christmas music to review for future episodes. You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. And if you get a chance, leave me a review on iTunes. Thanks!

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

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Googapoopa ,

It’s World Class

If I told you that I wanted you to listen to Christmas music — Japanese Christmas music - what would you say? I hope that you were excited and ready for an exotic adventure. This is what Scott offers in his podcast, a wild ride exploring music from the land that gave us Pokémon, Hello Kitty, and anime. If you sit back and enjoy the experience, you may just be surprised by the variety, the depth, and the emotional range of the music. Domo Arigato!

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One of my favorites

Scott has a great concept, and podcast here! I love christmas music,and listen to it year round. BUT what I dont do is listen to christmas music from other countries! well Scott plays and informs you of music that you have most likely NEVER heard, so this is a must listen!

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Fun and Different Christmas Music

If you think you've heard all that Christmas music has to offer, or if you're tired of hearing the same Christmas music over and over again, you should give this podcast a try. The host collects Japanese Christmas music and shares his knowledge of the genre with his listeners. I think this posast is a lot of fun.

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