Jun Togawa is an artist that I discovered several years ago, thanks to a YouTube recommendation of all things. The first song I ever heard by her was Suki Suki Daisuki. I believe this song has enjoyed some popularity recently due to the YouTube algorithm. I enjoyed the song immediately upon first listening, but it wasn't until a little bit later that I started listening to some of her other work, and I was floored.

Her vocal range is absolutely stunning. Many of her songs have a raw, visceral sense to them that isn't easily replicated. A recurring theme in her works and aestheticism is that of insects and parasites. I had somewhat of a passing interests in parasites before listening to her music, but now I find them even more fascinating than before. When I'm finally able to take my postponed trip to Japan, I hope to visit the Meguro Parasitological Museum as featured in her live peformance/music video here. (1:30)

"Now I know why I have been so strongly attracted to parasites and worms. It's a feeling of the continuity of life. I feel there is a basic continuity between humans and these creatures. I might even call this feeling 'love.' Humans and other creatures are not as different as they look." - Jun Togawa

I haven't done nearly as much research into her as I should have yet, but I still find her absolutely fascinating. There is a lovely website that contains English lyrics for almost all of her music. I will post some of my favorite songs by her below (only the ones with English subtitles, for easier viewing). However I highly recommend that you listen to full albums as well, if you don't mind listening to music without knowing the words.
- Tamahime-sama
- Far Eastern Comfort Songs
- Suki Suki Daisuki
- Tokyo Barbarism

(high quality ver. with no subtitles)

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