In another time, Caroline Lufkin could easily have ended up as a chart-topping J-pop star. After graduating from Boston’s Berklee School Of Music, the Okinawa-born artist moved to Tokyo, where she began working on her first album. Her management at the time wanted Lufkin (who performs simply as Caroline) to go down the same road her big sister Olivia Lufkin did. Her path to the Oricon charts was being paved right in front of her.

Instead, Lufkin walked away. Tired of having others twist her music into something acceptable for the Japanese mainstream scene, she struck out on her own. She landed on Brooklyn-based label Temporary Residence, and released her debut album, “Murmurs,” in 2006. The following year she joined the New York group Mice Parade, touring with the outfit and appearing on the 2010 release, “What It Means To Be Left-Handed.”

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.