hitomi (born January 26, 1976), is a Japanese singer, songwriter, record label owner and executive, and animal rights activist.
In addition to having consistently been one of the most popular and successful musicians in Japan since her debut in 1994, with an impressive discography including hit releases “by myself” (1996), “IS IT YOU?” (2001), “SAMURAI DRIVE” (2002), and “Japanese girl” (2005), hitomi is also acknowledged as one of the most influential figures in Japanese pop culture. Along with Utada Hikaru and Ayumi Hamasaki, hitomi has helped redefine and evolve the female Japanese pop singer, in the words of the writer Jay Rubin, “from a mere voice accompanied by music, to a full-fledged artist and performer, independent, creative, and credible.”
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