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Seiko Oomori: J-pop's reigning rule-breaker

Music Sep 26, 2018

Seiko Oomori: J-pop's reigning rule-breaker

by Patrick ST. Michel

Pop music often opts for positivity rather than confronting the uncomfortable, but Seiko Oomori has never really adhered to J-pop norms. "The bad things that happen to you can also be attractive, almost kawaii," she says from one of the upper floors at the headquarters ...

Namie Amuro: Celebrating J-pop's first queen

Music Sep 12, 2018

Namie Amuro: Celebrating J-pop's first queen

by Patrick ST. Michel

For millions of Japanese music fans in the 1990s, Namie Amuro wasn't just the Heisei Era's defining pop star, she was someone they grew up with. This relationship is clear in the year-long documentary series, "Finally," which has been streaming on Hulu since the 40-year-old ...

When 'Amuraa' ruled Japan

Music Sep 12, 2018

When 'Amuraa' ruled Japan

by May Masangkay

When pop diva Namie Amuro took the music scene by storm, she not only captivated throngs of girls and women with her performances but also inspired their fashion, spawning the "Amuraa" look of the mid-1990s. Clad in a miniskirt and thick-soled boots, with her hair ...

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