As a child that spend way too much time watching TV, it was no wonder that I learned about many things through cartoon shows. One of those things was Japanese pop music (or J-pop). A genre which I first discovered thanks to the Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi show and the multiple video clips of Puffy’s most recent hits that Cartoon Network often aired.

It was the first time I was exposed to the language too. Even though I couldn’t understand anything, it didn’t matter: I was entranced by them.

Today I’m in my 20s, and Puffy remains one of my favorite artists. Listening to them, I can enjoy their music while fondly remembering the childhood memories they gave me as well.

Origins

Known only as Puffy (パフィ) in Japan, this duo was formed by Ami Onuki and Yumi Yoshimura. But the pair’s path to stardom wasn’t really clear when they started pursuing their careers as musicians. In fact, they didn’t even start together.

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