Akari Mochizuki (望月あかり), formerly known as Alika Mochida, is without a doubt the most active female Japanese enka (演歌) singer in the UK. She seems to crop up at pretty much every Japanese event, often with the ‘shamazing’ Hibiki Ichikawa, and never fails to entertain.
Her brand new CD contains two songs, plus the karaoke versions of each of those songs. The lyrics are written in Japanese in the sleeve of the CD, so you can even practice your Japanese with the CD if you want to (I might!). The two tracks are Hitori DE Nadeshiko (ひとりDEナデシコ), a solo song inspired by Japanese pop songs from the 1970s, and Kiri no London Ai (霧のロンドン・愛), a duet influenced by Japanese moody blues.
Both songs are brilliant and, although I don’t know all the words yet, I keep finding myself humming Hitori DE Nadeshiko when I’m walking around. If you’d like to find out how catchy it is for yourself, check out this absolutely fantastic video for the song, which was filmed not far from where I live in London:
I love how Akari has brought this very traditional style of Japanese music to the UK and made such a great video in London, merging her Japanese culture with things so typically British as the London Underground. I just hope there will be more from Akari very soon, as two songs just weren’t enough! ;)