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Kawashima Eiko (川島 栄子)

(1961-08-31) August 31, 1961 (age 58)
Musical career
GenresJapanese pop, city pop
Years active1978–present

Anri (杏里), real name Eiko Kawashima (川嶋 栄子, Kawashima Eiko) (born August 31, 1961), is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter, born in Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.[2]


Her debut release was the 1978 Oribia o Kikinagara (While Listening to Olivia),[3][1][4] written by Amii Ozaki. Her song "Cat's Eye" was used as the first opening theme for the eponymous 1983 anime series Cat's Eye[3][5][6] and debuted as #1 on Countdown Japan. It spent 4 weeks at #1 on the Oricon chart.[7] It was one of the first J-pop songs used as an anime theme song. Another of her hit from the same year was Kanashimi ga Tomaranai (I can't stop the loneliness).[6][4][8][9] Both songs appeared on the 1983 album "Timely!!". She also appeared at the Red and White New Year's Music Special at the end of that same year. Another hit single she had released is "Goodbye Boogie Dance" from November 1983.

Other hit songs include Summer Candles and Dolphin Ring, both of which became standard songs played at Japanese weddings and receptions. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Anri's albums were bestsellers. She has had highly successful tours—one with attendance of almost 100,000—and toured Hawaii for the first time in 1987. She sang the closing theme for the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano.[2] In 2002, she began collaborating with jazz fusion guitarist Lee Ritenour, who produced her 2002 LP Smooth Jam - Quiet Storm.[2]

With the renewed popularity of city pop, and her songs having been sampled by many new artists of the vaporwave and future funk genres, Anri has also enjoyed new popularity outside of Japan.[2]


Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album name Label
1978 Apricot Jam For Life Records
1979 Feelin'
1981 哀しみの孔雀 (Sad Peacock)
1982 Heaven Beach
1983 Bi・Ki・Ni
1984 Coool
1985 Wave
1986 Mystique
Trouble in Paradise
1987 Summer Farewell
1988 Boogie Woogie Mainland
1990 Circuit of Rainbow
Mind Cruisin'
1991 Neutral
1992 Moana Lani
1993 1/2 & 1/2
1996 Angel Whisper
1997 Twin Soul
1998 Moonlit Summer Tales
1999 Ever Blue
2000 The Beach House
2001 My Music Dolphin Hearts
2002 Smooth Jam: Aspasia (cover album)
Smooth Jam: Quiet Storm (cover album)
2005 Sol Columbia Music Entertainment
2007 Tears of Anri (cover album) Universal Music
2008 Tears of Anri 2 (cover album)
2009 Anri Again - Best of Myself (cover album)
2013 Surf City -Coool Breeze- (cover album) Ivy Records
2014 Surf & Tears (cover album)
2015 Smooth & Groove
2017 Fun Time (Live)
2019 ANRI


Year Album Name Label
1980 Anri the Best For Life Records
1982 Amazing American ~ I Love Poping World, Anri ~
1986 ザ・杏里
1987 Meditation
1988 My Favorite Songs
1991 My Favorite Songs 2
1994 16th Summer Breeze
16th Summer Breeze ORIGINAL KARAOKE
1995 Opus 21
2000 Anri the Best
2003 R134 Ocean Delights
2007 a day in the summer The Best from "16th Summer Breeze" and "OPUS 21"
2011 Heart to Heart 〜with you〜 Warner Music Japan


  1. ^ a b "歌手・作曲家の杏里さん 学校休んでも父の仕事に同行". Nikkei. 24 May 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-06-14. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d Winkie, Luke. "City Pop, the optimistic disco of 1980s Japan, finds a new young crowd in the West". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b "新曲3曲を配信しライブも 57歳・杏里「栄光と挫折」の40年". Nikkan Gendai. 7 March 2019. Archived from the original on 2019-11-20. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b "杏里". Tower. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  5. ^ Sevakis, Justin (July 25, 2014). "I Am Not At SDCC". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "杏里デビュー40周年 記念アルバム「ANRI」 80年代の音楽が私の"核"". Sankei. 3 August 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-03. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  7. ^ "1983年10月17日、杏里「CAT'S EYE」が4週目のオリコン1位を獲得~「CAY'S EYE」が開いた新しい時代の『扉』". Nippon Broadcasting System. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  8. ^ "杏里・悲しみがとまらない秘話(中編)". Daily. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  9. ^ "杏里 悲しみがとまらない秘話(後編)". Daily. 31 May 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2019.

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