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JB from Canberra, Australia.
Barbara's reply: JB, the singer in the old album you have there is Mina Aoe. I can't quite figure out the title of the album, though. Sadly, she died in year 2000 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 56. She had several hits and appeared some on NHK's Kouhaku Uta Gassen. I don't have any CDs or DVDs with her. --- Barbara
I'm a 44 year old portuguese living in Macau and I do like Enka. I've been living in Asia for 15 years so "unusual sounding" music is not so unusual anymore. Funny you mentioned the music slowly creeping into you to a point when it starts to make sense musically. I used to live in a place close to a temple where they occasionally had chinese opera (in cantonese) and then, suddenly, it started to make sense.
MC from Macau, 3/11/2007 5:55 PM
Hello, I visited your website while noodling around at my computer here. Great information. Thanks for assembling it all.
I lived in Japan (Tokyo) for several years in the mid-1980s, doing organziational development work there. I used to enjoy enka, although none of my Wesern friends did particularly. I brought a few enka audiotape cassettes back with me, but those were ruined in a flood here in '99. Thanks again for your wonderful website,
DW from Wilmington NC
Thank you SO much for putting this together!!! My husband and I lived in Japan from 1977-81, and again from 83-85, and we *love* Enka, but I don't own any on CD...I have a few ratty cassettes, but that's about it. One of the friends from that period with whom I am still in touch is from Yokohama, and her mother grew up with Hibari Misora!! Of course, my friend Misa loved the Beatles, and hamburgers (and couldn't understand why I would rather listen to enka and eat soba.) :) ANYWAY - I've bookmarked your wonderful site and will explore further when I'm not so slammed with other stuff I should be doing instead. :) BTW...I'm a 54 year old "army brat" / ex-Navy woman living in Seattle.
LL on 3/4/2007 8:59 PM
I knew I had to email you when I read this: "Enka fans are scarce outside of Japan, and I have hardly anyone to share this interest with." At least you are living on the West coast. Try living in Philly. It is difficult to find someone with an interest in anything Japanese. (Unless you count the kids who are only interested in the latest anime.) I'm retired Navy and about to finish my third year of Japanese before I move to Japan to teach English. I'm still learning about enka. Right now it's like they say about art, "I don't know what it is, but I know what I like". Well, I do know what Enka is but I don't know artist or song titles. I just found your site so I'm still digesting it. The audio clips you have for each artist will be a big help. I spent this past summer in Tokyo. (The main reason I stayed in Philly so long is that Temple University has a Tokyo campus so I figured I'd go back to school here before moving.) This time around I was able to listen to enough enka while I was there to change my opinion that every song was more or less the same. Previously enka was something I had to "be in the mood for". Now that I'm back in the states, I realize that I should have kept notes or something whenever we went out for karaoke. By the way, when I try to tell people what enka is, Kill Bill helps. Both movies ended with songs from Meiko Kaji so I like telling people that if they have Kill Bill they actually own some enka. I shocked the hell out of my new friends this summer when someone did one of her songs and I was able to sing along parts just from memory. Thanks for giving people a decent enka site.
Steve on 1/28/2007 11:05 AM
I stumbled across your site on Google and just wanted to say that you've done a pretty good job covering Enka for most people! I'm a fan of Enka myself and actually, I'm listening to Godai Natsuko right now in my car as I'm typing this! I agree with you that CD-Japan provides good service, although I personally get my CDs and DVDs at a store locally here in San Francisco. Ah, the song just changed to Nagayama Yoko, haha. Anyhow, keep up the good work! ~Cheers~ Arthur 1/20/2007 9:02 PM
Hi Barbara, I'm about to go to Tokyo for the second time and suddenly realized I wanted to look for a Japanese type torchsong ballads I heard somewhere, in a club or some old movies, the Japanese equivalent of the Kantonese ballads that Wong Kar-wai has used in his latest films. Your website explained everything so clearly and thanks to the audio files I know which artists to look for. Thank you! T. on 11/30/2006 3:35 PM
Dear Barbara (I assume that is your name), I stumbled upon your site while searching for English translations of Japanese Enka music. I was thrilled. I spent about 15 years in the Orient (U.S. Air Force) and most of that was in Japan. I became quite proficient at the language and spent a lot of time in bars and clubs that featured Karaoke systems. By learning to sing the songs, I was able to "fit in". As for the lyrics, I would spend untold hours in the excruciating process of transcribing the Japanese characters of the lyrics on the record (yes, record) sleeves to phonetic lyrics that I could easily read in club lighting. Then I would fill in blanks and correct errors by listening to the record. Finally, I'd let Japanese friends (almost all Japanese can read Romaji) edit the finished product. I should put those lyrics on the computer before they rot away. Do you know a place to go for English translations of Japanese Enka music? I'd love to hear from you. Sincerely, E. on 11/1/2006 11:04 PM
Barbara's reply: I'm always being asked for translations and sheet music. I really have almost nothing like that. I'm looking for some Japanese sites though and whatever I find I will list on the website. --- Barbara
Dear Barbara, I just saw your site and found very interesting. I am a promoter or music and performing arts from Japan and I have lived in UK for three years. I just talked with a UK journalist in a music conference in Spain last week that he is interested in Enka presented in UK. I did not like Enka before since I believed classical music is the best music, but afeter studied arts management in UK in 1997-99, my thinking totally changed. So now I am doing promotion of Japanese music in European market. And I started to love Enka now because of my age?? Have you had any Enka event in LA or San Francisco since you have big Japanese community there. A.Y. in United Kingdom
Hi Barbara, I'm a former Army brat. I lived in Miyagi prefecture in the 50s and in Okinawa in the 60s. I came back to the US in 65 and for years I missed so many things, sounds smells, tastes, sites, I was a stranger in a strange land. Last spring a friend of mine was listening to his I-POD and his wife said "Oh, he's listening to Japanese country music". He loaned me the set and low and behold he was listening to enka. I asked him for the source and he said he got it from google. I'm 66 and just beginning to enter the digital age. My computer skills are developing but I'm a novice. My daughter said I should hook up with I-POD so I did but their enka listings are like enka rap and enka metal so I was very happy to come across your site. I would very much like to find out more about the disks you have made. Are you at all interested in Okinawa Minyo. I look forward to hearing from you, C. on 10/29/2006 3:30 PM
Hi Barbara, I've recently become interested in enka, after hearing it on an anime CD and then discovering it in its true form on your site a few years ago ^_^ You might be able to help me out with something. I was wondering, do you know anything of the singer Hayato? (spells his name all in katakana.) I found him on CD Japan but they only list two singles. Do you know if he has any albums out or anything else? It's really hard for me to find any info about him even on Yahoo Japan, because his name is common and he doesn't appear to be that popular. (Plus, I can't really read kanji! Yikes.) This IS him, right? --R. on 8/13/2006 5:53 PM
Thank you for such a nice website introducing this extraordinarily beautiful music. I first heard this music on a flight to Europe from the U.S. listening to the on-flight radio system with headphones. The plane must have originated from Japan. I got goose bumps from the beauty and feeling of the songs. Most were duets. This was about nine years ago and since then I have been trying to find this music again. I did not have any idea what this type of music was called and everytime I looked up Japanese music, it was invariably modern western style music or very traditional instrumental music. I just got connected recently to the internet and discovered your site. I heard Itsuki Hiroshi which is one of the men I heard singing the duets. Fantastic voice. Do you know him? My question is: How is korean Enka music called? How do you find it? I'm curious to know if its as beautiful as Japanese. Thank you,
K. on 6/21/2006 8:56 AM
I loved enka ... from the instant I heard an example. According to your site, that makes me unusual. I've referred a lot of people to your site. But I'm having trouble finding male Enka singers. Any suggestions?
--K. I appreciate the work you put in to your Enka site.
only know this music from sushi bars (murasaki in sf) and from "my blue sky", any info for sources in NYC is appreciated, (the guys at katagiri call this truck driver music), thanks
RC on 5/22/2006 12:42 PM
Whew! I'm sure glad I found your site! I've been looking for a site to order enka music for some years and not being too familar with using the internet (I'm learning, thoug) I've had a hard time. I found the Japan site using iTunes, but I found I could not order from there. But I will be ordering real soon. As a Native American who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Era, I heard and liked enka music right off the bat; in fact, even without understanding the Japanese language, I still went to their sumarai movies in Honolulu - so, I will be looking for some of these movies as well. Again, thanks for your site.
L. on 5/4/2006 8:53 PM
Hello Barbara, I've been doing some googling online about Enka and found your site. My curiosity grew when tracking down the author of the original version of "Kurumaya-san", which was recently covered by Shiina Ringo (I'm a big fan of her albums). But I like the song itself a great deal, and I'm interested in hearing the original. I read on your site that you're selling DVDRs of Enka videos, and wondered if you have any of Hibari Misora, hopefully specifically of that song, though if you've assembled any overview of Enka I'd certainly be interested in that as well. Also if you have any recommendation of the best single-disc Hibari Misora CD, I'm all ears -- let me know. Thanks much!
J.L. on 4/28/2006 12:53 AM
Barbara, If you have time I have some questions. We get TV Japan (mostly NHK). My wife and I like Enka. There is one artest, Aki Yashiro that I especially like. She is not exactly Enka. The songs she sings in the blues, and jazz style are especially good. We don't have access to Japanese CD's so I am not sure about titles (tracts of CD's). She produces a lot of different music. Is there some place on the internet that decribes what type of song a perticluar title is? I like your web site. You must have put a lot of effort into your web site. It is very kind of you to do it. Thank you.
K. on 4/25/2006 9:13 PM
Hi Barbara, My name is hans and i'm from kuala lumpur, malaysia. I've been an "on & off" follower of the sound of enka and my favourite singer is none other than saburo kitajima. I've a few CD's of his songs plus on a few other singers as well. Could you send me a list of which you mentioned in your website.
H. on 3/22/2006 9:41 AM
Hi Barbara, I enjoyed reading your enka site. Thanks for the introduction to a music unfamiliar in the West. I want to listen to some, but the choices are overwhelming. I was wondering if you could suggest 3-4 songs that would be a good introduction, a sort of "best of" list? Thanks for your help!
E.H. on 3/21/2006 8:44 AM
Dear Ms. Barbara: It gives me pleasure writing this e-mail to you. I am Hala from Egypt. I had the pleasure of staying in Japan for a while. I do share your admiration for the Japanese old songs "Enka". I was really ataken by their Enkas. Whenever I listen to one of those songs I am deeply moved and touched magically. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to buy, copy or tape but a very few songs. I wonder if there is a website which allows me to listen continuely to Enkas. I also wonder if you have a CD for a female singer (I don't exactly remember her name), the most famous song for this lady singer is titled "Koybitou Yoou or Oh my Love"". I especially consider this is one of the finest Enkas I have ever listened to ever. I hope you have the time to answer to my questions. Waiting to hear from you so soon. Best regards.
H. on 3/1/2006 5:27 AM
Aloha Barbara, It's taken me a few decades, but I've finally become a fan of enka at the grand old age of 56+. I've actually been a fan all of my life, I just didn't know it until I started going to karaoke parties a few years ago. It wasn't until last year that I began to compile a collection of enka, and it's steadily growing. I first started collecting songs for my aunties who are well into their 70's now. I'm ashamed to admit that I am not bilingual, and actually speak more Korean than I do Japanese. I'm a sansei who never attended Nippon-gakko as a child, nor took Japanese language classes as a teen or adult. I learned Korean when I got stationed in Korea while in the Army. It seems that I wasted a lot of years on American rock 'N roll, and pop music. However, I was a fan of Masaaki Hirao as a young boy, and listened to my mother's collection of Hashi Yukio, Sen Masao, Murata Hideo, and of course, Hibari-san records. I just never knew that this genre of music was called enka. Now that I've become a full-fledged fan, I learn from everyone that enka is a dying art...that enka will probably die with my generation. Well, to that my retort is that they don't make movies like Yankee Doodle Dandy, or The Easter Parade, or White Christmas, anymore. They also don't make music like In the Still of the Night, or Dreamy Eyes, or Since I Don't Have You, anymore either. This type of entertainment, and those entertainers are a dying breed, like us fans. I don't listen to most of the music that my children listen to, and they probably won't listen to the music their children will either. Thank Heaven that websites like yours exist. It allows folks like myself to reach out and touch a part of our culture that got lost in the shuffle of being an American. Don't get me wrong, I am proud to be an American, having served "Uncle Sam" for more than 36 years. It's just that when my mother passed away, it seemed that I lost touch with my Japanese ancestry too. Luckily, I got introduced to karaoke, and it also awoke my interest in my roots as an AJA. Thank you for taking the time to read this tedious message, but moreso, thank you for creating your website. It has helped me reembrace my ethnic heritage and pride.
G.S. on 1/26/2006 4:36 PM
Dear Barbara, I am quite amazed at your website, I too am a fan of Enka and I am amazed that someone else outside Japan should be so into Enka! Your site has been very informative to me as I know a little about Enka but only by buying a few CD's there and watching live performances on Japanese tv I have gained some knowledge, my favourite is Aki Yashiro and my wife (who is Japanese) informs me she is very popular in Japan and that her picture is displayed in many a truck drivers cabs! Anyway I do like Enka as it seems to have something that can touch your soul and I will visit your site again. Regards E.B. (Manchester England)
Thanks so much for posting this information! I love Enka, and I traveled to Japan as an exchange student, where my host family took me to karaoke and sang it! This brought back great memories. Thanks a lot!
From S.Z. Location: Western USA on May 23, 2007
HI there, thanks for the great site. I am wondering about the male enka singers. Hikawa Kiyoshi is wonderful but he is the only one I know. Do you know of other male singers?
From Mark M, Eastern USA, on May 22, 2007
Barbara's reply: I'm starting to add some men to the list here. See the page I have for Saburo Kitajima. I just added it last week. I intend to add several more. I intend to have about 150 performers featured eventually. It's been slow lately because I am having some internet connection problems. --- Barbara
Hello Barbara! The PAG. about Misora Hibari is amazing. I have a question for you. Im making a short movie in Japan-Hamamatsu. It is School project. I have alread the Brazil Consuate aproved. It is about Japanese immigration to Brasil. I will in love to use the principal music for this movie, KAWA NO AGARE - Misora Hibari. My studant wil record it. Do you know it is free to use, or how can I contat about "Copyright". Thankyou for your attention, Kristie Miyamoto
From Kristie Miyamoto, location Japan, date Monday, June 18, 2007 at 23:10:36
Hi Babara, Thanks for this site. It rekindles my interest for Enka and other Japanese music. In return, may I introduce you to listen to Nakajima Miyuki and Southern All Stars, if you had not known them before. You will love them. A gentleman named Greg has translated many of Nakajima's songs on his web. For Enka fans all over the world, you can now view Enka performances of your favourite artist on YouTube. Check it out! C M Chu (Hong Kong)
From C M Chu, location Hong Kong, date Friday, June 22, 2007 at 10:27:49
Hi Barbara, I wrote you earlier about a new young male artist. I found his name, Kazuya Iwade. He has one of the best voices I have ever heard. Do you know any CD which is good? I understand he did a couple of singles, and I am looking for at least 10 -12 song per cd. I appreciate any information about him and his career advancement in the enka music scene. Thanks. Gp
From gp, location Western USA, date Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 02:31:48
hello i am looking for songs by brenda lee sung in japanese. any help would be appreciated. cta
From chuck aoki, location Western USA, date Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 04:01:28
A large number of inquiries I receive here and by email are from people looking for songs - either free downloadable enka songs in general, or a particular, very hard to find song, or possibly detailed lyrics for a song in English or Japanese. However, I have almost no information of that kind I can offer. I'm sorry.
Hello, I was stumbling around on the internet trying to find someone who might know the name of the tenor singer that has been featured on the NHK Song Concert program several times this past year. I don't read Japanese well enough to catch his name and never seem to have a tape at hand when he comes on (to record and figure out his name later). It sounds to me like he might be an opera singer. He is young with shoulder length hair. That's about all I can say about him. Can you help me? I've been a Mori Shinichi fan for decades. I just recently got hooked up with TVJapan from our cable supplier. So now I can watch Sumo and the Enka programs. I've developed a few new favorites, including Hikawa Kiyoshi and Wada Akiko. There are a few others but I'm not sure of their names yet. I used to shop at the Kinokuniya store in San Francisco and now I'm lucky enough to live close enough to Seattle to get to the Kinokuniya store there sometimes. I always find some new CD that I can't do without! cherie
From Cherie Jung, location Western USA, date Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 19:23:27
I think the singer's name I was looking for (in my earlier mjessage) is Akikawa Masafumi...if I've translated the Japanese kanji correctly... I found it via one of your listed site suggestions. Thanks! Another singer I'm interested in is Mikawa Kenichi. cj
From Cherie Jung, location Western USA, date Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 20:48:50
hey barbra, i just found out about enka today acutally. i am a avid music listener, and i like finding exotic music i can fuse into beats,i am also a hip hop fan, i was wondering if the viynl this guy uses in his beat is from an enka artist. it sounds kind of similar, but i dont really know if it is or not. it would be great if you could help me out with this, have you ever heard of this perticular artist? heres the link, the video is about 20 minutes long and it covers the producer digging the viynl at a record store and the whole beat making process. any information at all would be greatly appreciated! thanks alot :)
From damien, location Alaska, date Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 19:45:19
Barbara, thanks for a very informative website. I am 56, a biotech scientist in southwest Michigan. I usually discover new music from movie or TV soundtracks, and that's how I discovered Meiko Kaji. I had a suspicion this might be a whole genre of music, so a little research turned up Enka, which I never knew existed. I listened to all your sound clips and fell in love with Kaori Kozai and Sayuri Ishikawa. I bought the 4 disc 20th anniversary set of Kozai from CDJapan and really enjoy it. Ordering form them is really expensive. If you know of any store in Chicago let me know. San Francisco is a long shot for me. I plan to order some of your videos. I saw the clip you have of Yoko Nagayama playing the shamisen. It is the same or similar performance to a clip I found on Youtube: Is this performance on one of your videos? Regarding your videos of concerts and TV events, are the singers names indicated by English script subtitles? Thanks, Phil
From PRH, location Central USA, date Friday, June 29, 2007 at 13:40:19
Hi Barb. I was first introduced to Enka as a young man in the early 1950's. I was a young single GI stationed in Tokyo and my friends could not understand my fascination with Enka. I told them I did not come all the way to Japan to listen to Elvis Presley sing "Blue Suede Shoes". I mostly visited the places frequented by Japanese blue collar workers where Enka was king. My fond memories include a very young Hibari, Mihashi Michiya, Miki Nakasone, and so many more. I still listen to it today and enjoy it just as much. Thank you for your website. You have done much for me. Sayonara. Lou
From Louis L., location Southern USA, date Friday, June 29, 2007 at 14:02:00
Barbara, While flying to Japan many years ago on Singapore Airlines, I listened to an audio channel of Enka music and fell in love. I cut the page from the entertainment magazine because of the kanji and brought it to a store in Tokyo where I purchased my first Enka CD. Having found your website, I would love to purchase some of the CD's you recommend but I find it nearly impossible. They are either out of print or simply not listed in your referenced sources. Help? I want to really expand my collection. Thank you for such a wonderful site!
From Daniel Gelman, location Eastern USA, date Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 00:42:09
I have been listening to Enka for over 38 years. My wife is Japanese and our youngest is 35. I enjoy Yashiro Aki, Mori Shinichi, Kei Unsuku, and many more. I also enjoy popular artists from the 70's and 80's from Pinky (Kon Yoko) and the Killers to Sakamoto Kyu. I watch Ultraman and Abarenbo Shogun. I know my domain name is misspelled but someone beat me to it. I am listening to Yashiro Aki's music now at work.
From David, location Western USA, date Friday, July 13, 2007 at 21:36:30
I really love Enka, but unfortunately I forgot about it for a long time. My great aunt lived in Japan and left me an old Enka (or folk?) record when I was 8. I listened to it a few times and then forgot about it. Now it has been over 15 years, and I can't remember it that well at all, except that it didn't seem as jazzy as much of Enka is, but somehow more cheerful? I moved to Japan this April and discovered Enka on NHK. I want to enter Nodojiman for fun (do you know it?) Anyway, I made a video, I guess I am on key, but it's hard to tell? Something doesn't seem right. I know that I will never compare to Ishikawa Sayuri of course, but I can't even distinguish what it is about it that isn't right??? Since you seem to be an expert, I wondered if you would mind watching it (if you have time), ha ha! Please feel free to criticize the problem in a reply. Thanks! (Also, I mean this to be email rather than a comment, so please just reply that way if you do.) Thanks so much again for your time, and great website!!!
From Kimberly Frantz, location Japan, date Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 11:25:37
Hi, Barbara! I was wondering if you could help me with a surprise I am doing for my father, who's a big enka fan. He's been looking for a specific enka song for years. He says it's popular, and he's heard it many times in Japanese restaurants, but he cannot remember the title. He just knows it is popular (so much so that other countries have done their own versions, like Taiwan), and there is a line of lyric that goes, "Itsu itsu mademo." I know this must be very hard. But I was wondering if there's any chance you know what this song might be? I'd love to buy the song for him for his birthday. He says it's usually sung by a female? Thank you so much. Kirsten
From KC, location Western USA, date Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 03:10:24
Dear Ba-chan, I've loads of catching-up on 'Thank you's' for creating this site!, I thought I was the lone Enka fan(atic) this side of Tachikawa.. I was an immediate fan the first time I heard Misora, Hibari's sterling voice coming from a radio at a shoe-shine stand inside the terminal at Yakota (many moons ago), and ever since, I've been hooked like one of the silk-carp pennants I still fly on boys' day.(the looks I get from my neighbors)... I confess that I'm too much a traditionalist to like the more 'modernized' style..and, I lean on the side of the Osaka-style..I love the 'raspy' tone for emphasis. My wife Saeko goes for the Tokyo style (go figure)..and she sends her thanks and admiration for the site as well! Excellant commentary on the performers. Sumimasen, Honto-ni..Arigato gozaimasu! Matt & Saeko
From Matt A. Nichols, location Eastern USA, date Monday, July 16, 2007 at 04:41:52
Thank you very much for this site. I fell in love with enka in mid-1964 through Misawa Akemi's "Shima no Blues" which was then current on Japanese radio. Stupidly, I didn't buy it then, and while I spent 35 or so years in Southern California where enka was comparatively available, I've never since found that particular version. Amazon has a CD titled "Misawa Akemi - Shima no Blues" but it contains only four tracks of her singing (the other four are instrumental only) and these seem to be recent recordings. They do not demonstrate the vocal and emotional range she once had, nor the wonderful raw, guttural quality she could achieve, seemingly effortlessly, both of which reminded me strongly of Piaf. In any case, thank you once again for spreading the word about this wonderful music and for having information on several singers I had not previously heard.
From John Pierce, location Southern USA, date Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 03:49:03
Hi, I am a Canadian of Japanese Ancestry. Third generation to be exact. I grew up listening to Misora Hibari, Yashiro Aki, etc. I used to work at a Japanese food store in Vancouver, BC Canada when I was a teenager. Records were sold there, so I got exposed to a lot of Japanese music. I always liked Enka. I'm a bit of an audiophile and I enjoy listening to well recorded and produced music. For some reason, records and CDs produced in Japan just sound better. Anyway, I tried some of your links and they don't work. Most likely because of the changeover . Anyway, I've bookmarked your page. Looking forward to reading the rest of your site. I'm 50 years old, BTW.
From KS, location Western Canada, date Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 03:50:29
where can i buy korean enka music/ i mean sung in korean language -not japanese.
From paul g. parks, location Hawaii, date Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 20:53:46
Barbara's reply: I don't know! I am sure there is a thriving Korean CD store online somewhere though. It should not be too difficult to find.
Barbara, I love your site, which my husband found and introduced me to. I have loved enka ever since our former Japanese teacher introduced us to some songs as a way of learning Japanese. My favorite is "Shikuramen no Kahori." My question is: Are you familiar with the song "Friend," by a group called (I think) Anzen Chitai? Is that song enka, or some pop version of enka? Would you by any chance know of an album by them that has this song on it? Thank you for running this site! It a great resource for us enka-lovers. Meredith
From Meredith Dytch, location Central USA, date Monday, July 30, 2007 at 08:43:30
I'm very glad that I have found your site. I lived in Okinawa-ken as a child for a two and a half years. I later lived in Kanagawa-ken from 1969 to 1973. I especially enjoyed the performances on New Year's Kohaku Uta Gassen. Are these performances on DVD? If so, how can I purchase them formatted for the US? I have loved Japan and Enka music most of my life. Kitajima Saburo-san is a favorite along with Hashi Yukio-san and Mori Shinichi-san. Thank you for your efforts in providing this wonderful site for Enka lovers.
From Susan Norris, location Western USA, date Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 20:29:28
I like enka very much. Have listen to it on TV for the last 20 years.. I have a collection video tape but missing some especialy Misora Hibari. My favorietes are: Hibari, Nakamura, Kawanaka, Aki. Kitajima, Hiroshi, Hosegawa but I love them all. It´s a pity the songs are not dubbed into other languaches. I am sure there is a large audiance abrod only the language cuold be understod Sincerely Ake Stalhammar (Address removed to protect privacy) Honolulu, Hawaii 96825, USA
From Ake Stalhammar, location Hawaii, date Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 00:35:51
Hi, I posted more songs (and made Amagigoe private since it's not so great, ha ha!) I am looking for an Enka festival or something (hard to find!) I am also trying to figure out how to try out for Nodo Jiman (do you know it?) I am tempted to buy a shamisen, I love it! But maybe it's not so practical. Maybe I should just stick to You Tube. So here is my channel, there are 4 (public) enka videos, a couple of Teresa Teng's songs (easy) and a couple of more difficult ones (Aki Yashiro - Onna No Namida and Ishikawa Sayuri - Haru No Yuki):
From Kimberly Frantz, location Unspecified, date Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 18:52:54
dear barbara; I was in Okinawa - Japan for three months 3 years ago and there was always this music playing on the radios while driving in the cabs which reminded me some old kind of Turkish music (although they are not in fact similar) and which I really enjoyed listening to... then I learned that it was Enka, yet didn't have the chance to buy an albume (how stupid right?)... then I forgot about the name "enka" but always remembered the music while missing Okinawa... then I remembered the name, searched for it and there it was: your web page! thank you very much for that! I listened to every piece of music you uploaded and they took me back to those beautiful times, to that wonderful place!!! so thank you again... I would love to buy some copies from you, but I am afraid it would cost a lot to send money to USA from Turkey, so will look for another way... anyway, thanks a lot, you had done a great job! best regards; zeynep
From zeynep k, location istanbul - turkey, date Friday, August 17, 2007 at 11:30:11
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