What Has Sophia Been Listening To? #1


Hello everyone! I’m Sophia and I’d like to welcome you to the first edition of What Has Sophia Been Listening To? In this series, I’ll introduce a Japanese artist or band that I enjoy. My taste in music ranges from heavy metal to pop so be ready for many different styles of music!

For the first edition of What Has Sophia Been Listening To? I want to introduce the first Japanese group that I got into, Babymetal. Babymetal as a Japanese kawaii metal band who’s been around since 2010. Originally they were a group of three members; Su-Metal, Moametal, and Yuimetal. They released two albums as this trio, the first being a self-titled album* Babymetal and the second being Metal Resistance. I will be sharing my top two songs from each album (trust me, it’s hard choosing just two from each to share).

*Note- A self-titled album is when the album shares the same name as the band/artist

The first song comes from Babymetal, and is titled ヘドバンギャー!!or Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!!! in English. This is the twelfth song on the self titled album and it is probably my favorite on the album. Compared to some other songs on the album, it showcases the more metal side of the band. It’s a great introduction to the metal side of the band and as the song title implies, it truly is a song you can easily headbang to.

The second song from their self titled album I’d like to introduce is ギミチョコ!! or Gimmie Chocolate!! in English. This song starts off hardcore, making you think it’ll be more of a metal song, but then the chorus starts and you get a more pop style of song.

Onto the second album we go! The band’s second album is titled Metal Resistance. The first song from this album I’d like to share with everyone is titled GJ! It combines the pop and metal aspects well, as well as having well placed instrumental moments to just rock out to.

The second song from Metal Resistance that I’d like to share is titled Karate. This was actually the first song by Babymetal that I had ever listened to, and I was hooked from the start. Similar to some songs on the first album, it features more of a pop tone for most of the song while the background instrumentals are more metal focused. This mix of genres blend well, and it creates a song that brings energy to the listener.

Sadly, the trio was reduced to a duo in 2019 when Yuimetal left the band. Since then, Su-Metal and Moametal have continued to work together and they released their third album back in October of 2019 titled Metal Galaxy.

Metal Galaxy is an album that really focuses on combining different styles of music, not limited to pop and metal. For instance, the song Pa Pa Ya! ft. F.Hero combines pop and rap into one song. It is one of the few songs in the band’s discography that heavily features a rap component.

The second song from this album I’d like to introduce is titled BxMxC. Technically, this song is not a part of the album since it came out about a year after the album originally came out. Despite its later release, it is still considered to be part of the album in its cover art and on official records. Unlike Pa Pa Ya! it focuses more on a mix of rap and metal, rather than rap and pop.

I have made a Spotify playlist that includes all of these songs, and will eventually hold a compilation of all songs featured on What Has Sophia Been Listening To? I hope everyone enjoys this mini-series and let me know what you think of Babymetal.

Introducing: SJA Youth Bloggers!

Hello there! It’s the SJA Youth Committee, here with an exciting announcement: we are beginning the SJA Youth Blogs! Right here on sjastudy.org, you’ll be getting weekly blog posts from us about a whole host of topics. There will be articles on the things we’re most passionate about, current events related to Japan, and updates about SJA told from a youth lens. We will also hope to have guest bloggers once a month contribute their stories, too. Stay tuned!

Keep reading for more information about the bloggers:

Anna Fry

はじめまして! I’m Anna, and I very much look forward to being able to share my passion for Japanese culture and for SJA through this youth blog! I am the secretary of the SJA Board, and I work closely with the Outreach and the Arts subcommittees. I am a junior in high school and have been studying Japanese for 3 years now. My motivation to learn Japanese comes from my dream to study fashion in Japan, so look forward to news on Japanese fashion in some of my blog posts! 


Maya Green

こんにちは!My name is Maya, and I am a board member and on the Youth Committee for SJA! I am a senior at Washington-Liberty High School. I am in my third year of studying Japanese and am applying to colleges in Japan. My interest in Japan comes from being part Japanese on my mom’s side. I watch a lot of anime with my family; we really enjoy discovering new anime together. I’ve been to Japan and would like to go back as soon as we are able to travel!


Sophia Field

Hey y’all! I’m Sophia and I’m part of the SJA Board, as well as a Youth Committee member and Event Committee member. I’m a senior at Arlington Tech, and will hopefully be heading off to college next year! My interest in Japan comes from my mom showing me classic Japanese animes at a young age. I’m also interested in all styles of martial arts, with 10+ years of training, which definitely plays a big role in my interest. Sadly, I’ve been unable too travel to Japan yet, but I do plan on going sometime in the next few years. I can’t wait to write some blog posts for y’all!

Talk to you again soon!