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Friday, Dec. 26, 2003


New mag lets you hear for yourself

A new biweekly magazine that offers free CDs filled with songs that are popular in Japan will be launched on Jan. 6.

Each issue of Nihon-no uta, Kokoro-no uta (Songs from Japan, Songs for the Heart), published by DeAgostini Japan, will feature seven or eight songs, including Japanese children's songs (doyo and shoka) and foreign folk songs that have taken root in Japan.

The magazine will publish both the music and lyrics to the songs, along with photographs of Japanese scenery and in-depth articles on the songs.

Each issue will include a CD of the featured music. Among the artists included in the first issue are Yumiko Samejima, a classically trained soprano, and such singing groups as Da Capo and Bony Jacks.

The magazine will cost 390 yen for the inaugural issue and 990 yen thereafter. The publisher currently plans a run of 90 issues, covering about 630 songs.

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