From Japan

  • Yoko Oginome

    Debuting in 1984, she has since released 42 singles and 31 albums, including best-of albums. Among her numerous hits are the singles “Dancing Hero,” “Roppongi Junjo-ha,” and “Coffee Rumba,” as well as the album “NON STOPPER.”

    2017: “Dancing Hero” experienced a revival, reaching #2 on the Billboard Weekly Domestic Charts for the year. She also received the Special Award at the 59th Kagayaku! Japan Record Awards.

    2018: “Dancing Hero” became the most-sung karaoke song for the first time. She received a special award at the 32nd Japan Gold Disc Awards.

    2019: She starred in the drama “Net Utahime” (broadcast on NHK BS Premium in January 2019), marking her first leading role in 23 years. She celebrated the 35th anniversary of her debut in April.

    2020: In August and September, “Mushi no Tsubuyaki,” a song she wrote the lyrics for, was broadcast on “NHK Minna no Uta.” This charming song humorously depicts the ecology of insects from an insect’s point of view, accompanied by the ukulele. It was the first time in 32 years since Yoko Oginome’s “Jungle Dance” (lyrics by Masakazu Mori, music by Tetsuya Komuro) aired on “NHK Minna no Uta” in February 1988.