Midnight Diner Soundtrack – Complete Music List

Midnight Diner Soundtrack

The Netflix Programs Midnight Diner and Midnight Diner Tokyo Stories use music prominently throughout the series to set the scene and provide a counterpoint to the drama depicted. Most strikingly, the show opens with the contrast of Tsunekichi Suzuki’s song Omoide, which we’ve written about extensively before, as a car rolls slowly, as if floating in a dream, through Tokyo streets. It is a bold artistic move, removing the bustling street sounds of car horns and train rumbles that you may expect and replacing them with the sounds of a gently picked folk guitar song from a largely obscure musician. 

This sets the scene for the rest of the Midnight Diner series, where music is used prominently and boldly, almost as if it is another character within a larger dialogue. The Midnight Diner soundtrack also consistently champions lesser known, or more underground artists – in a similar way to how the program itself regularly highlights the outcasts, misfits, and eccentrics of the Japanese night. Artists such as Kimie Fukuhara, who happened to meet the Tokyo Stories director at a party, are regular contributors. Folk underground troubadours such as Sue Marr, with the prominent use of his song Ikiataribattari, help lay the foundation within which the Tokyo Stories unfold. Bands such as the short lived Magic Party close out episodes.

Zeigo Original Tsunekichi Suzuki album featuring main Midnight Diner Opening Theme

The song Ikiataribattari by Suemarr is used prominently in several episodes of Midnight Diner and comes from the album Minstrel:

Album featuring Ikiataribattari

Digital downloads for the full Suemarr Minstrel album are available here.

List of songs used in Midnight Diner Soundtrack

We couldn’t find a complete list of all the music from Midnight Diner and Midnight Diner Tokyo Stories, so we decided to put one together! 

It’s actually quite a project. There are a lot of different songs used in different episodes, and most of the songs are not credited. Not many come up using audio recognition software such as Shazam, either. So there is a bit of detective work involved. Here is what we have been able to come up with so far, and we will keep adding to the list as we go along.

Midnight Diner Season 1

Song Name

Artist 

Episode No.

Listen online

おもいで (Omoide – Remembrances)

鈴木常吉
Tsunekichi Suzuki

Opening Song 

youtube

Believe in paradise

Magic Party

Ending song

youtube

まよい猫 (Mayoineko – Lost Cat)

2

youtube

父のワルツ (Chichi no Waltz)

鈴木常吉
Tsunekichi Suzuki

2,3,8

youtube

函館の人 (Hakodate no Hito – The person from Hakodate)

北島三郎
Kitajima Saburo)

5

Acoustic fan version

Midnight Diner Season 2

Song Name

Artist 

Episode No.

Youtube link

おもいで (Omoide – Remembrances)

鈴木常吉
Tsunekichi Suzuki

Opening Song 

youtube

嘘のつき方 (Uso no tsukikata – How to lie)

Love Love Love

Ending Song

youtube

できること (dekiru koto – All I can do)

福原希己江
Kimie Fukuhara

1

youtube

あさりの酒蒸し (Asari no sakamushi – Sake steamed Clams)

福原希己江
Kimie Fukuhara

3

youtube

なかないで (Nakanaide – Don’t cry)

福原希己江
Kimie Fukuhara

4,7

youtube

羽田( Haneda)

福原希己江
Kimie Fukuhara

10

youtube

Midnight Diner Season 3

おもいで (Omoide – Remembrances)

鈴木常吉
Tsunekichi Suzuki

Opening Song 

youtube

yakimochi

高橋優
Yu Takahashi

Ending Song

youtube

何も言わないで(Nani mo iwanaide – Do not say anything) 

星川とき江
Hoshikawa Tokie

1

youtube

ぶたトマト( Buta tomato – Bacon wrapped tomato)

福原希己江
Kimie Fukuhara

2

Apple Music

ちょいと寂しい夜のうた( Choito sabishii yoru no uta – Song of a little lonely night)

スーマー
Suemarr

4

youtube

紅天の女(Beni Ten no Onna – Women of deep red sky)

福原希己江
Kimie Fukuhara

4

youtube

ロールキャベツ (Rooru Kyabetsu – Cabbage Rolls)

福原希己江
Kimie Fukuhara

6

youtube

人生行きあたりばったり(Jinsei ikiataribattari – Life by chance

スーマー
Suemarr

10

youtube

想い想われ(Omoi sou ware)

福原希己江
Kimie Fukuhara

10

youtube

Who is behind this site?

I’m Peter Joseph Head. I lived in Japan for four years as a student at Kyoto City University of the Arts doing a Masters Degree, have toured the country six times playing music and speak Japanese (JLPT N1). I’ve written songs in Japanese and have released several albums through Tokyo label Majikick Records. You can hear my music at my bandcamp page:

ピータージョセフヘッドです。4年間京都市立芸大の大学院として日本に住み、6回日本で音楽ツアーをし、日本語能力試験で1級を取得しました。要するに日本好きです。

僕の音楽はBandcampで聞けます。

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