Chaniwa. Japanese for Skate rock?

Chaniwa - Japan Skate rock

To the people who love all additionally punk rock, skateboard, and “Bring Out Original Zouls”

I found this band from Japan called Chaniwa by accident. The live video sounds like standard punk rock with a little Rancid influence, albeit in Japanese. OK, but the one song working on their Myspace page sounds like a different (and lame) band. They use some skateboard imagery and seem to have appeared on some Japanese skate rock compilations (again, as near as I can tell…) Japanese punk rock? Hell yeah. Let’s hear it from the Blue Hearts fans! Anyone? Come on! Surely you’ve heard of the Japanese Clash? I don’t know what the story is with these Chaniwa guys. Danimal, you are our Japanese proxy corespondent, get your wife on this. Watch the Chaniwa video and see some cool Blue Hearts pics after the jump.

The Blue Hearts? Surely you’ve heard of the Japanese Clash? If you haven’t you can go straight to hell boy. Remember, it aint Coca-Cola, it’s rice. The Blue Hearts are no more, but they put on a blistering live show when I saw them in Chicago in the early 90’s. This shot below is not from that set.

The Blue Hearts


  1. were they a tribute band or did they play their own stuff?

    Last summer I saw a Chinese punk band opening for the Business. And when I say Chinese, I mean Chinese, right from Shanghai. It was like seeing a live version of

  2. Blue Hearts you mean? They played their own tunes, mostly in Japanese.

  3. Danimal on January 16, 2007 - Reply

    the last japanese band i liked was TeenGenerate, they’re kinda punk/trashy style. my sources are working on this one.

  4. Danimal on January 16, 2007 - Reply

    the source says that if you like the Blue Hearts you might be into RC Succession and Imawano Kiyoshiro. we’ve got a couple of these. no info on chaniwa.

  5. Blue Hearts were on MTV in the early ’90’s…

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