Over the past 30 years, the pop idol culture in Japan has exploded with the rise of the Internet.
Rather than watching Japanese pop singers such as Akina Nakamori, Yuki Saito and Seiko Matsuda on the TV a few times a year, fans can see their favorite singers streamed online every day, said filmmaker Kyoko Miyake, whose “Tokyo Idols” has been accepted in the Sundance Film Festival World Documentary competition.
“In a way, the early singers in the ’70s and 80s are idols of the Golden Age of Japanese television,” Miyake told The Park Record during a phone interview from New York. “They were all stars, but they weren’t accessible. They were more distant because you could see them on music programs on TV. If you were hard-core fans, you would see them in concert maybe three times a year.”
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