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Holly Jolly X'masu

Apr 25, 2021

Welcome to the fourth episode of season two of Holly Jolly X'masu! This month, to celebrate my one-year anniversary, I’ll be discussing Jimmy Takeuchi and the Exciters’ White X’mas – Drum Drum Drum. It’s a great album, and their “Jingle Bells” has been part of my intro from the start.

From what I can tell,...


Mar 25, 2021

Welcome to the third episode of season two of Holly Jolly X'masu! This month, for Women’s History Month, I’ll be discussing Peggy Hayama’s 1964 album, Peggy’s Christmas – Winter Wonderland.

Peggy's Christmas

When I first started researching her, I didn’t know much about Peggy Hayama. The more I read about her, though, the...


Feb 25, 2021

Welcome to the second episode of season two of Holly Jolly X'masu! This month, I’ll be honoring Black History Month by discussing Sam “The Man” Taylor’s 1968 album, In Christmas. Producing a podcast about Japanese Christmas music doesn’t leave me with many options for Black History Month, but this is an...


Jan 25, 2021

Welcome to the first episode of season two of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I kick off 2021 talking about Ginji Ito’s 1983 album, Winter Wonder Land – I Thank You. This winter-themed album contains a trio of Christmas songs. It’s a fun, lighthearted start to the new year.

One thing I discovered as I...


Dec 31, 2020

Welcome to Episode 12 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this special bonus episode, I talk about the pitfalls and pratfalls associated with collecting foreign records. In particular, I discuss a pair of albums I thought were Christmas albums but turned out not to be.

This episode was completely unplanned. I’ve had the idea...