The Enka Movement and Minami Haruo

by joe on June 6, 2011

A Guest Post by Writer JR –
A large portion of traditional Japanese popular music falls under the banner of Enka. The modern style of this music developed after the Second World War, and though the term wasn’t necessarily used at the time, Minami Haruo’s debut in 1957 was a seminal moment in the genre’s history. He never lost steam however.

Proving that even the youngest of ears can love yesterday’s sound, he sang the ending theme for Super Zugan in 1992 and this brought him once more into the national eye. Perhaps he is best remembered, though, for his unique focus on the audience. He focused on the audience as if he were praying before Shinto Kami.

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