100 Songs by 100 Artists Selected by a Korean Producer/DJ with a Keen Knowledge of Japanese Music, from Showa-Era Songs to City Pop

Ever since I first encountered Japanese music and became fascinated by it, it has changed my life. I hope you will feel the allure of Japanese music.

——Night Tempo

Along with comments by Night Tempo, Japanese music writer Takashi Ikegami provides background information on the songs and the artists. Enjoy the extensive content that depicts the forefront of the city pop movement in 2022. Emoji guides are displayed on each song introduction page, allowing you to find the right situation for that song.

Also includes artwork newly drawn by popular illustrator tree13. Introduces Night Tempo's Showa collection of cassette tapes, audio gears, and other items.

A talk with Davy of “Neon City Records” in Hong Kong, on the theme “what is Japanese city pop from an international standpoint?”

Now, on to the new world of city pop!


Night Tempo

A Korean producer/DJ who has made a name for himself in the future funk community through reworkings of ‘80s Japanese city pop, Showa-era songs, and Japanese style disco tunes. Performs mainly in the U.S. and Japan. His re-edit of Mariya Takeuchi's “Plastic Love” sparked an internet-based Japanese city pop revival in the U.S. and Europe, and in 2019 he started “The Showa Groove” project, a series that updates classic Showa-era songs for the modern era. Starting with Wink, he has released 13 titles so far with Anri, 1986 Omega Tribe, BaBe, Yuki Saito, Shizuka Kudo, Miki Matsubara, Miho Nakayama, Kaoru Akimoto, Momoko Kikuchi, Junko Yagami, Kyoko Koizumi and Takashi Hosokawa. In 2021, he released his first major original album, “Ladies In The City” (Universal Music).


Book Design
highlights inc.
Art Director Daisuke Shimokawa
Designer Misato Amimura
A design company founded in 2010 by a Japanese art director Daisuke Shimokawa, specializing in a dual approach combining graphics and web design. The company is recognized for its art direction and finely detailed designs that build a brand's solid worldview. Works include brand strategy starting from corporate/visual identity, and design production of websites, posters, and packagings. Received numerous national and international design awards, such as the Good Design Award and the Cannes Lions.
Takashi Ikegami
A Japanese music writer, editor, and event planner. Currently, he hosts “Japanese Rock 80's” on Komae FM on Sundays from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. He contributed song commentary to “Japanese City Pop 100, selected by Night Tempo,” published by 303BOOKS on February 1, 2022.
tree13 / nanilani inc.
Direction / Kwak Seunggeun
A Korean illustrator, specializing in reinterpreting the unique glamor of the specific period in a new context using motifs from Korean and international subcultures in general, and pre-millennium content in particular. He is interested in Japanese and other Asian cultures as well as designs and items from outside of his home country. He had solo exhibitions at galleries in Korea and France, and through collaborations with various artists and brands such as Night Tempo and GU, he has been presenting his unique worldview beyond the borders of Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, the United States, Germany, Japan, and other countries.

Music: “Yamanote Line” from the album “Concentration” by Night Tempo.