After posting about some of my favorite Japanese worship songs last year, I realized that a lot of people were interested! It took me a little while, but here is Part 2. These are all songs that I’ve heard at church here in Tokyo. It’s a personal reference list, but I hope that it can also help people who are curious about Japanese worship songs but don’t have a lot of information.
1. 死を打ち破り (Shi wo Uchiyaburi, “Death is Defeated”)
“Uchiyaburu” means more like “smash” or “destroy,” but also can mean “defeat” with regards to an enemy. There’s apparently an English title of “Victory to Power of Death,” but I feel like that could be read the wrong way…haha.
2. 感謝の心 (Kansha no Kokoro, “Heart of Thankfulness”)
I couldn’t find a recorded version that I’m 100% happy with. This is a live recording from a church, not a studio or a room, and the English is a bit off, but it’s a good speed and so I’m choosing this one for now as the “best” recording.
There’s a version with hula dancing too, which sounds nice but is slowed down, probably for the dance.
3. 命の水 (Inochi no Mizu, “Water of Life”)
I like this one, too!
4. 心から (Kokoro Kara, “From My Heart”)
We just sang this one at church for the first time this month! My favorite version is this cover by Denta, but the last part goes a little fast, so this other one is a better model if you’re trying to sing it.
5. 今ここに (Ima Koko ni, “Here, Now”)
I had this song going through my head one day, and when I looked it up, there was another blog (in Japanese) listing up worship songs for people by this YouTube cover artist. It looks there are other people making these lists, too!
I hope you like some of these songs! Let me know which one was your favorite :)