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Birth nameEiko Kawashima
Born (1961-08-31) August 31, 1961 (age 57)
Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

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.


She has written much of her own music as well as singing songs written by others such as her debut release Oribia o Kikinagara, by Amii Ozaki. Her song "Cat's Eye" was used as the first opening theme for the eponymous 1983 anime series Cat's Eye[1] and debuted as #1 on Countdown Japan. It was one of the first J-pop songs used as an anime theme song, and it was included in a recent Dance Dance Revolution game. Her popularly increased following her appearance at the Red and White New Year's Music Special at the end of that same year.

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 is often cited as being one of the first Japanese singers to fuse Britain and American music into j-pop. She has had highly successful tours—one with attendance of almost 100,000—and toured Hawaii for the first time in 1987. She was given a boost by singing the closing theme for the 1998 Winter Olympics at Nagano. In 2002, she began collaborating with jazz fusion guitarist Lee Ritenour, who produced her 2002 LP Smooth Jam - Quiet Storm.

With the renewed popularity of 80's J-Pop on the Internet, her songs have been sampled by many new Internet artists inside the Vaporwave scene (mainly artists belonging to the Future Funk subgenre), granting Anri a whole new popularity outside Japan.



Listed chronologically.

  • Anri: Apricot Jam (杏里 -apricot jam-, Anri: Apuricotto Jamu) (1978-11-21)
  • Feelin' (1979-06-21)
  • Anri the Best (杏里 ザ・ベスト, Anri za Besuto) (1980-11-21, best album)
  • Sorrowful Peacock (哀しみの孔雀, Kanashimi no Kujaku) (1981-09-21)
  • Resolute American: I Love Poping World, Anri (思いきりアメリカン ~I Love Poping World,Anri~, Omoikiri American: Ai Rabu Popingu Wārudo, Anri) (1982-05-21, best album)
  • Heaven Beach (1982-11-21)
  • Bi・Ki・Ni (1983-06-05)
  • Timely!! (1983-12-05)
  • Coool (1984-06-21)
  • Wave (1985-06-21)
  • Mystique (1986-06-05)
  • The Anri (ザ・杏里, Za Anri) (1986-07-21, best album)
  • Trouble in Paradise (1986-11-21)
  • Summer Farewell (1987-05-02)
  • Meditation (1987-11-21, best album)
  • Boogie Woogie Mainland (1988-05-21)
  • My Favorite Songs (1988-07-21, best album)
  • Circuit of Rainbow (1990-01-01)
  • Mind Cruisin' (1990-06-23)
  • Neutral (1991-06-01)
  • My Favorite Songs 2 (1991-12-21, best album)
  • Moana Lani (1992-06-24)
  • 1/2&1/2 (1993-08-25)
  • 16th Summer Breeze ORIGINAL KARAOKE (1994-07-14)
  • 16th Summer Breeze (1994-07-08, best album)
  • Opus 21 (1995-09-01, best album)
  • Angel Whisper (1996-07-29)
  • Twin Soul (1997-10-08)
  • Moonlit Summer Tales (1998-07-15)
  • Ever Blue (1999-06-23)
  • Anri the Best (2000-05-24, best album)
  • The Beach House (2000-07-19)
  • My Music (2001-10-24)
  • Smooth Jam: Aspasia (2002-05-22)
  • Smooth Jam: Quiet Storm (2002-11-21)
  • R134 OCEAN DeLIGHTS (2003-07-23, best album)
  • Sol (2005-11-02)
  • Tears of Anri (2007-09-12, cover album)
  • a day in the summer (2007-10-17)
  • Tears of Anri 2 (2008-07-16, cover album)
  • Anri Again - Best of Myself (2009-12-02)
  • Heart to Heart 〜with you〜 (2011-07-06)
  • Surf City -Coool Breeze- (2013-07-10)
  • Surf & Tears (2014-06-25)
  • Smooth & Groove (2015.08.19)


  1. ^ Sevakis, Justin (July 25, 2014). "I Am Not At SDCC". Anime News Network. Retrieved August 31, 2016.

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