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Holly Jolly X'masu

Jun 25, 2022

Welcome to episode 53 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be discussing Naomi Sagara’s 1975 album, “White Christmas.”

White Christmas - 1975

I’ve mentioned before how collecting Japanese Christmas albums can sometimes be a real crap shoot. So many of them, especially older ones, have no presence online, so I often have no...


Jun 20, 2022

Welcome to episode 52 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be discussing Naozumi Yamamoto’s 1973 album, “Xmas Home Party.”

Xmas Home Party - 1973

Over the past two years, I’ve bought a few albums that didn’t live up to my expectations. Most of them were still thoroughly enjoyable albums. In each case, though, an...


May 25, 2022

Welcome to episode 51 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be discussing Goro “Smiley” Asahina’s 1967 album, “Dancing Through Blue Christmas.”

"Dancing Through Blue Christmas" - 1967

Just speaking as a collector, this is the sort of album I live for. Not only is it virtually unknown, both here and in Japan, but it contains an original...


May 19, 2022

Welcome to episode 50 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be discussing the 1977 compilation, “Merry Christmas (Bouquet of Hearts Present Series),” from King Records.

Merry Christmas (Bouquet of Hearts Present Series) - 1977

When I started buying records a couple years ago, I had one very short-term goal: To buy the half dozen albums I’d heard about...


Apr 25, 2022

Welcome to episode 49 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be wrapping up my discussion about Eiji Kitamura and his Christmas music, with his fantastic 2001 album, “Santa Clarinet.”

Santa Clarinet - 2001

While Akira Ishikawa’s “Drum Christmas Drum” kicked off my interest in Japanese Christmas music, the Jazz, Group...