津軽海峡・冬景色  石川さゆり

15 11 2008

Always been following Blinkymummy’s blog since someone introduced her blog to me sometimes back.. She is now happily studying her MBA in Cambridge with her ‘Good Fren’ and I have enjoyable time reading what she shared on her daily life and thoughts ..

Thought wanna share something she recently shared in her blog abt her Japanese friend has shared on a particular singer, Sayuri Ishikawa 石川さゆり, who is one of the most popular enka singer in Japan.

Ishikawa Sayuri

Ishikawa Sayuri

Extracted from Blinkymummy’s:

Somehow we ended up talking quite a bit about Japanese culture. I told Takashi that I like the way some female Japanese singers sang in low voices and asked him about enka. Teresa Teng used to sing in this style too. And by the end of the night, Takashi sent us this video of the most popular enka singer in Japan.

津軽海峡・冬景色  石川さゆり

I somehow like this song and this singer.. I am not sure how old is she though… The youtube show a year 1977, I am not sure though if she sang that in 1977 or the song was written in 1977. But from Sayuri Ishikawa’s website, I think she should be still alive.. A beautiful lady with nice voice ~ juskawaime likes….. =) Plus you can learn Japanese words (Kanji and Hiragana words) and pronounciations from the song too… Niceee…

石川さゆり Sayuri Ishikawa

ishikawa-sayuri

Extracted from wiki:

Enka refers to two styles of Japanese music. The first is speeches set to music which were sung and spread by political activists during the Meiji period (1868–1912) and the Taishō period (1912–1926) as a means to avoid crackdowns by the government on speeches of political dissent. The second is a genre of Japanese popular songs (kayōkyoku) developed in the postwar Shōwa period (1926-1989) , which has been likened to American country music and Portuguese Fado in terms of themes and audience. The term now usually refers to the latter type of traditional and melodramatic popular songs.

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