Friday Video: Groovin' With Ken, Mary and Buzz

Hey hey, Friday Video is back! In our barrage of JCCS coverage we neglected to post the solution to our last contest, where we asked readers to identify the song playing at 15:48 in Part 1 of Crayon Shin-Chan: The Adult Empire Strikes Back. If you watched the scene, in which Shin-chan’s parents are watching vintage J-tin cruise by, a clue comes in the form of a blue kenmeri Skyline.

The answer, of course, is “Ken & Mary – Ai to Kaze no Youni (Like Love and the Wind)” by the Japanese folk group Buzz. Its smooth beats were synonymous with the Nissan’s groovy, gauzy Skyline KGC110 commercials of the early 70s, so much so that the entire generation became known as the kenmeri. If you didn’t think you could find beauty in something bone stock, watch this clip. Also, this seems to be the perfect tune for an autumn drive, is it not?

Congrats to Mike C!

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10 Responses to Friday Video: Groovin' With Ken, Mary and Buzz

  1. Brad D. (TSiSS350) said:

    Sure….the perfect tune for an autumn drive in japan….from the seacoast to the desert? Where the hell are they?
    I am also surprised by the use of the American flag themed visor she is wearing, strang for a marketing promotion for a car not sold here!

  2. Mr.L.J. Nordvik said:

    I guess “the American dream” can be used to sell JDM cars too…

  3. bert said:

    um, oooooooookaaaaay! That was quite sappy. Excuse me while I go dry my eyes.

  4. mister k said:

    i believe the world would be a better place if everybody drove a blue kenmeri

  5. kev said:

    I would like to say for the record….that commercial is an accurate depiction of the outdoorsy, frolicking lifestyle that nostalgic Skyline owners tend to lead :)

  6. Lincoln Stax said:

    Does anyone know who the actors are that played Ken and Mary? Mary certainly doesn’t look Japanese.

  7. Skylines & Z's said:

    what I know is that the producer of this commercial was really into Skylines. So he made this memorable commercial. In Japan they sell whole DVDs made up of KenMerri ads!

  8. Neil Young said:

    The song is heavily influenced by Neil Young’s Out On The Weekend.