Mimi246 wrote another entry on this topic on April 27, adding some more significant trends. -tomomi
After I finished writing the previous entry, I realized and thought “oh..!”. My list totally lacked the “visual-kei” artists.
The genres that I didn’t include as I knew their existence but didn’t know very well include Japanese Reggae, for example. I am not that knowledgable about R&B, too. Quite a few female R&B singers appeared after Hikaru Utada’s debut, but my memory is very vague about them.
One more thing that I think I should mention is the post-90s rock in Japan. Many bands with lots of personality appeared in this period.
The English translation of the lyrics of some songs that I introduced in the previous entries and this entry are introduced in this centigrade-j website. (Please click “translations.” )
I am sure there are still many things missing. I was also wondering how deep I should get into in this summary. Putting the critiques aside, my aim was to introduce the musics of Japanse popular music as much as possible, and to let the people who are interested in Japanese culture abroad about “the real things” – and I hope I could achieve it to some extent. I am sorry, Yamaguchi-san, for increasing your task (of translation).
(1) Blankey Jet City appeared in “Ikaten” show from the band-boom era, but their style was very unique and the band remained active throughout the 90s (it was dissolved in 2000), so I rather chose to introduce them in this section.