Kana Nishino gets a mention here because:
- It’s her 28th birthday;
- Unlike many J-pop artists, she writes most of her own lyrics.
Neither of these necessarily explains why she had a hit record titled “Esperanza”:
Still, why shouldn’t the Japanese be treated to an occasional Latinesque beat?
Of course, Kana ranks high on the Disturbingly Cute scale, as is seemingly mandatory in J-pop:
Okay, one more single. This is “Aitakute Aitakute” (“I miss you, I miss you”), which is perhaps more typical J-pop:
For some reason, I never get tired of this stuff.