1968 in Tokyo Japan Kahimi Karie began her career as a music
photographer in Japan. Her then boyfriend, Keigo Oyamada [AKA
Cornelius] asked her to sing for a house band on his friend's
record label. She became almost immediately famous due to
her first EP which included the track "Mike Alway's Diary"
[written about the founder of el records].
Karie became the ye-ye girl of Shibuya, the fashionable Tokyo
hub and area also associated with the muscal talents of The
PIzzicato Five, THe Fantastic Plastic Machine, Maki Nomiya
and Cornelius , amongst others.
of Kahimi's EPs achieved gold status in Japan. She also hosted
one of Tokyo's most popular radio radio programs. She recorded
the theme song for the animated series Chibi Maruko Chan,
[like a Japanese version of The Simpsons].
caught the attention of Scottish musical genius Momus [AKA
Nick Currie], and the two began collaborating. Their greatest
hit was "Good Morning World", a song commissioned
by a cosmetics company. It reached top five on the Japanese
charts and cemeted Kahimi's position as a superstar.
sings in English and French in addition to her native Japanese
and in addition to the above colaborations, Kahimi Karie has
also worked with Pizzicato Five's Yasuharu Konishi and French
indie pop star Phillipe Katerine.
Karie has since moved out of Shibuya and currently lives in
Paris yet is still linked with the hip look and sound of Tokyo's