Just got a nice mail from Shawn, of the Nagoya band Lullatone. At least at first glance, they fit very well into a broader Japanese indie trend toward pretty, cute, quiet electro-pop. Also, like some similar bands, they get a lot of mileage out of toys.
Lullatone seem pretty explicitly a band targeted at the parents of small children (check out some of their album titles) but they do invite more probing analysis of what makes similar music so appealing for some young adults. I'm going to go with crippling fear of the future and a desire to return to the safety of the nuclear family, but I might be projecting a bit.
(continues frantically looking for a job . . . )