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Enka music on the radio

Enka is a traditional Japanese music genre that has its roots in the early 20th century. The word "enka" means "Japanese ballad," and the genre is characterized by its use of pentatonic scales, melancholic melodies, and sentimental lyrics. Enka is often associated with Japan's post-war period and is seen as a representation of Japanese cultural identity.

Some of the most popular enka artists include Saburo Kitajima, Misora Hibari, and Ichiro Mizuki. Saburo Kitajima is considered one of the most influential enka singers of all time and has been active in the industry for over 60 years. Misora Hibari, who passed away in 1989, is still revered as the "Queen of Japanese Pop." Ichiro Mizuki is known for his contributions to the anime industry, having performed the theme songs for many popular anime series.

Enka is still a popular genre in Japan, and there are several radio stations dedicated to playing enka music. Some of the most popular enka radio stations include "NHK World Radio Japan," "FM Kochi," and "FM Wakayama." These stations offer a mix of classic enka songs and new releases from up-and-coming artists in the genre. Enka music is often played in traditional Japanese restaurants and bars, and many Japanese people still enjoy listening to the genre as a way to connect with their cultural heritage.