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Kawashima Eiko (川島 栄子)

(1961-08-31) 31 August 1961 (age 61)
Musical career
GenresJ-pop, city pop
Years active1978–present

Eiko Kawashima (川島 栄子, Kawashima Eiko, born 31 August 1961), known as Anri (杏里), is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter, originating from Yamato, Kanagawa Prefecture.[2]


Her debut release was the 1978 Oribia o Kikinagara (While Listening to Olivia),[1][3][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 No. 1 on Countdown Japan. It spent 4 weeks at No. 1 on the Oricon chart.[7] It was one of the first J-pop songs used as an anime theme song. In 2017, she performed this song live at the opening of the touring ice show Fantasy on Ice amongst others.[8]

Another one of her hits from 1983 was "Kanashimi ga Tomaranai" ("I Can't Stop the Loneliness").[4][6][9][10] 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, performing "Cat's Eye".

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 an 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]


Live Concerts

Year Title Details
1984 ANRI in Concert Released: 1984
Formats: Laserdisc
1987 Anri: Live in Budokan Formats: Laserdisc
1988 Anri: Hiroshima Peace Concert Formats: Laserdisc
1989 Anri: Concert in Hawaii Formats: VHS


Year Album name Label
1978 Apricot Jam For Life Records
1979 Feelin'
1981 哀しみの孔雀 (Sad Peacock)
1982 Heaven Beach
Last Summer Whisper
1983 Bi・Ki・Ni
1984 Coool
1985 Wave
1986 Mystique
Trouble in Paradise
1987 Summer Farewells
1988 Boogie Woogie Mainland
1990 Circuit of Rainbow
Mind Cruisin'
1991 Neutral
1992 Moana Lani
1993 1/2 & 1/2
1995 Opus 21 (cover album)
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)
2003 R134 Ocean Delights (cover album) For Life Records
2005 Sol Columbia Music Entertainment
2007 Tears of Anri (cover album) Universal Music Japan
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
2016 Melodies: Smooth & Groove
2017 Fun Time (Live)
2018 ANRI


Year Album Name Label
1980 Anri the Best For Life Records
1982 Amazing American ~ I Love Popping 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
2000 Anri the Best
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 14 June 2019. 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 20 November 2019. Retrieved 20 November 2019.
  4. ^ a b "杏里". Tower. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  5. ^ Sevakis, Justin (25 July 2014). "I Am Not At SDCC". Anime News Network. Retrieved 31 August 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 3 August 2018. 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. ^ Nakata, Mina (5 July 2017). ファンタジーオンアイス2017: 羽生らトップスケーターが一堂に会す豪華アイスショー [Fantasy on Ice 2017: Hanyu and other top skaters gather at a luxurious ice show]. (in Japanese). Chiyoda, Tokyo: NTT Docomo. Archived from the original on 12 July 2017.
  9. ^ "杏里・悲しみがとまらない秘話(中編)". Daily. 24 May 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  10. ^ "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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