Today I was so surprised.
I walked to UniQlo to buy some new, cooler clothes for the upcoming summer months. As I was checking out, a cover of Mighty to Save by Hillsong came on the radio. マジ？
When I was in Shimonoseki, I was in the Japanese equivalent of the dollar store, Daiso, and heard a version of “In Christ Alone”. It wasn’t the hymn version, but the lyrics were definitely Christian.
Over my time in Japan (coming up on two years soon!) I’ve noticed so many covers in Japanese music. In Shimonoseki, there is a Disney restaurant, where they play Japanese covers (sometimes in English, sometimes in Japanese) of Disney songs.
Why are there so many covers of Western songs? A friend said so that there is enough Japanese content on the radio, TV, etc. Much like the CRTC (if my memory serves me correctly..) in Canada.
So it gets me wondering, how do they choose which songs they will do a cover of? How did they come across these Christian songs? It’s so bizarre, but also I am really glad for all of the Christian propaganda in North America, because it slowly trickles into countries that are fascinated by anything English. It gets here. Slowly, but surely.