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Ajisai Bridge

Ajisai Bridge – Jonouchi Sanae

I wonder how the Enka community view this song. I think it’s beautiful, but for people who live this music and hold there own set of standards, i wonder how they view the Onyanko slant on it. It seems entirely without that taint, but am i blind to it? Or is it as good as it is: one of the best Enka pop songs written, and deserving of it being the first of this kind of music to reach number one? There seems a love and care to it – to not exploit the sound but to deliver it wholly and sincerely – and Sanae is undoubtedly talented, but i just wonder. Until then, it’s perfect.

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Ajisai Bridge

Ajisai Bridge – Jonouchi Sanae

The Onyanko Club was an enterprise large enough that it would have been senseless not to have diversified somewhat. Sanae held membership #17, and for her solo activities she was made into an Enka singer – a kind of modern iteration of traditional Japanese music stemming from the Meiji era as protest music, but later honed after World War 2 to what it is now. Well, she wasn’t made. Since very young she had been performing traditional Japanese music and was able to carry on this tradition during her time in Onyanko. Most probably because of it stemming from Onyanko Club, it was the first Enka song ever to reach number one on the Oricon charts, though i’m sure this song touched a wider scope of people than their usual fanbase. It is still very much a pop song, though. Every performance of this had her wearing a kimono, naturally.

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