I have received a lot of love from the people of Japan, and now I feel true happiness.

日本語 Interview by Isao Tokuhashi Edited by Jennifer A. Hoff   Yolanda Tasico (Philippines) Enka Singer Japan is filled with a wide variety of music, including J-pop, K-pop, Western music, world music, and so on. All of these are popular among people of all ages, but we must not forget the type of music that has moved the hearts of Japanese people since ages past. That would be: “enka” (演歌”). Enka, which has been popular since pre-war times, has been regarded as “that which sings the heart of Japan”. Since the 1980s, however, it has also been sung by singers