Singer-songwriter Tomoe Sawa was the first person officially allowed to sing a song in Japanese in South Korea after the end of World War II. In November 1998, a historic concert took place at a theater in Gwangju, southwestern South Korea, after the Kim Dae-jung administration began lifting a ban on Japanese pop culture in place since 1945.

At the concert, Sawa sang the words “Watashi no kokoro wa kosui desu. Dozo koide oidenasai” (“My heart is a lake. Please come and row the boat out”).

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