In my most recent trip to Japan, I was introduced to Ozawa Kenji, man largely responsible for bringing and popularizing soft rock in Japan. It’s funny how music like the Carpenters ended up finding it’s own home even in Japan.
If you look at more Ozawa Kenji music, for instance Metropolitan Love Affair, you’ll see he’s a little bit weird of a guy. He’s thin and kind of lanky. His movements have a bit of feminine quality. Not very “cool” in the traditional sense of the word or how we would view it in America. I’m told that this has a direct correlation the Shibuya-kei preference. In other words girls in Shibuya prefer this type of man. Why? I couldn’t tell you.
Love his songs though,