The now infamous "Toilet God" song that Kana Uemura, 28, sang at the 61st annual "Kohaku Uta Gassen" ("Red and White Song Contest) on New Year's Eve, has become a hit with viewers across Japan. The song, which lasts nearly 10 minutes, is dedicated to Uemura's late grandmother.
The song describes how Uemura's grandmother told her that there was a god of beauty living in the toilet and that if she cleaned the toilet carefully, she too would grow up to be beautiful. Provoking laughter in some and tears of sadness in others, the song quickly became a talking point across the country.
Uemura performed the song again this week at the "New Year & Birthday Happy X Happy Party!!" at which she charmed 500 of her fans with four songs in the run-up to her 28th birthday.
Returning home after her "Kohaku" debut, the songstress told the audience that the first thing she did on New Year's Day was, naturally, to clean the toilet. "I was walking to my local train station when a mother and child on a bicycle came over and asked me for my autograph. Then a whole bunch of other people plucked up the courage to ask too," she said. "A journey that usually takes me 10 minutes ended up taking 30. I guess that's the power of the Red and White Song Contest."
Uemura will embark on a live tour of Japan from April.© Japan Today