Japan goes retro as it remembers Bubble Era music

It was disco-y, electronic, and powered by drum machines and power chords. Need to know more? They dress ’80s, too: The shoulder pads are big, the skirts are mini and the hues are Day-Glo when they aren’t just plain shiny. Now, though, with Japan enjoying its best stretch of economy growth in a while, the sounds of Bubble Era music are coming back. “Now people recognize it as kind of a cool period.”
Kinda like disco, right? Masukodera, 32, wearing a tight blazer with jutting shoulder pads emblazoned with images of the Tokyo nightscape, paired with a miniskirt and gold jewelry. “That completely changed in the last few years,” she added. It was the last gasp of the 1980s, a time of Champagne, garish colors and bubbly disco dance-floor anthems, and the last time many people in Japan felt rich and ascendant. The New York Times has this feature. That turned out to be an economic bubble which, when it burst, sent Japan into a decades-long period of stagnation. Masukodera is helping to bring the rest of Japan’s bubble era back. The time had its own music, too. She performs in a pop-music duo called Bed In that borrows heavily from the keyboard lines, electric drums and power chords of the ’80s. There was a time in the 1980s when it looked like Japan was going to take over the world. Bed In is one of the everyone-old-is-new-again Bubble Era bands grabbing attention today. Bubble Era music fell into disrepute for years, probably because it was a reminder how the good times went bad so very, very quickly. Keep reading. Much like today’s Chinese companies, Japanese entities were on a buying spree, gobbling up assets around the planet. “Until a few years ago, most people saw the bubble period as a negative legacy, and it was considered quite tacky,” said Ms. Here’s a sample. A so-called Lost Decade and many economically stagnant years later, the family’s convertible and beach vacations are long gone — but Ms. Kaori Masukodera remembers, barely, riding as a child with her mother, her hair teased and her lips bright red, in the family’s convertible to the beach.
Japan goes retro as it remembers Bubble Era music