J-Melo is a weekly Japanese music television program broadcast by NHK. The program is available on NHK’s World Service television station, Radio Japan, Digital Educational TV and on its Domestic General Channel.
The program started broadcasting on October 7, 2005 and was hosted by Mai Takematsu. The name “J-Melo” comes from the words, “Japan”, “Melody”, and “Mellow”. The show is the first Japanese music program produced by NHK to be recorded entirely in English, and presents various Japanese music and musicians to the rest of the world through its global television station, NHK World. The show is also aired in Japan in English with Japanese subtitles. The new J-Melo debuted on October 2008, with May J. along with Shanti presenting the program, with an updated set and website and a new opening billboard. It is the first time that the program will have two permanent presenters. J-Pop, Enka to music of Japanese classical artists. Aside from music videos, the program features interviews and recorded performances. On 2009 J-Melo started a music project, a fictitious band called Rough-T with manga characters fronted by Takekawa Ai, produced by Marty Friedman, and with additional production by international independent artists kevn, Kirby and Crazy Dragon. J-Melo features comments from Dave Spector, who hosts most episodes together with May J.
J-MELO is coming to Gelar Jepang 20 at Universitas Indonesia this August. NHK World will have a booth at the place. Firstly, please welcome a great performance by Yun*chi, who sang “Waon*” for the J-MELO New Song Project. Yun*chi said in NHK interview session, that she’s very excited about her first trip to Jakarta. She plans to sing an Indonesian version “Waon” which she created with viewers around the world. Next surprise is called “Meet Domo!” Domo-kun is the official mascot of Japan’s public broadcaster NHK, appearing in several 30-second stop-motion interstitial sketches shown as station identification during shows. Domo-kun will be there for a session of souvenir snapshots. Lastly, they also will have J-MELO filming.Their leading music program J-MELO will cover the event for one of its upcoming editions. Can’t wait to see them! <3
Gelar Jepang UI Scheduled date: August 22nd, 23rd, 24th 2014
Venue: Pusat Studi Jepang UI (first & second day), Boulevard (last day)
Ticket price: IDR 15,000 for last day (free on first and second day)