As is the case in many non-Western countries, Western artists tend to maintain a constant position in the popular music of Japan. A glimpse at any current Japanese top 40 music chart reveals a mix of Western (and some European) and native Japanese artists. This mix is evident by looking at a current Japanese Top 40 Chart. However, this website deals exclusively with those genres of music that pertain to bands and artists with Japanese roots.

Most StarFestival users are probably familiar with popular Western genres but have little knowledge of their Japanese counterparts. By breaking down the world of Japanese music into it's various branches, the genre section of the website aims to illustrate some of the similarities and differences between the Japanese and Western music markets.

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