My coworker Matt Cohen, put me onto Inoyama Land, another Japanese ambient group from the 80s. A few people messaged me last week to talk about how much they liked the Hiroshi Yoshimura recs. Inoyama Land is very much in that vein. It’s peaceful music to look out of your window to or just zone out while you stare at plants.
Unlike Yoshimura, Inoyama Land wasn’t on the verge of being lost to obscurity. They definitely benefited from The Algorithm, but Makoto Inoue and Yasushi Yamashita's spanned four decades. They released a couple of albums in the 90s, one in 2003 and one in 2018.
This kind of music has probably become trendy with a certain kind of person. I’m not going to cast aspersions, but the top cities its played in on Spotify are Brooklyn, LA, London, and Berlin. Make what you want of that.
Heart - 1 hour, YouTube
“Half Awake and Half Asleep in the Water” by Asako Narahashi