We all know and have heard of K-Pop (I hope). Unless you are fluent or are learning Korean, you don't really understand what the artists are singing about unless you're looking at a translated lyric page you're following as the song plays. However, when has the language barrier ever stopped us from enjoying music? Be it EXO-K's "Overdose", BTS' "Blood Sweat & Tears" or PSY's "Gangnam Style" for that matter, you want to listen to it, bounce to it and dance to it with your friends over and over.
But K-pop certainly isn't all there is when it comes to modern Asian music. Look further to the island country east of Korea: Japan, the nation with the second largest music market in the world. They have their fair share of great music from the genres of J-rock, J-rap and, of course, J-pop. Obviously these are sung in Japanese, with the occasional English speckled here and there, but, again, when has the language barrier ever stopped us from enjoying music?
For those of you who want to expand your already (somewhat) eclectic tastes in music as well as the diversity of international friends, give these a chance to be your first steps.