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『川の流れのように』 - 天童よしみ

2006'06.25

This is from the 56th NHK 紅白歌合戦, 『川の流れのように』 (Kawa no Nagare No Youni) performed by 天童よしみ (Tendou Yoshimi), originally sung by 美空ひばり(Misora Hibari). She is one of the famous Enka singers in Japan. Yea, Sylvia secretly loves watching Enka performances. (But if I tell you now, it wouldn't be a secret anymore. ) The simplicity of their lyrics can actually bring across so much emotion Although the girls' team didn't win, it was a good four hours of songs anyway :D 天童さん got to perform as the last singer for her team, and SMAP for the male team, and it's always a great honour to be the last performer(s) of the team. The last performers are usually the famous enka singers, but because over the years SMAP has gained much influence, they got to perform last. :)

"The term enka refers to two different styles of Japanese music. The first is a traditional type of music from both the Meiji period (1868–1912) and the Taisho period (1912-1926). The second is a genre of melodramatic Japanese popular songs, which has been likened to American country music in terms of themes and audience. The term now usually refers to the latter.

The term enka (演歌 - from enzetsu public speech and ka song) originated in Meiji Japan. It began as a form of political dissent - speeches set to music to make them spread more easily - but quickly changed form. It was the first style to synthesize the Japanese pentatonic scale with Western harmonies.

In recent decades, enka music has declined both in sales and in recognition as American-like J-Pop music has become more popular. However, there are still many in Japan who like it. Its popularity among younger Japanese people has increased lately because of singer Kiyoshi Hikawa and the early solo releases of then-Morning Musume member Yuko Nakazawa. Enka singers, especially females, usually perform in a kimono.

Nods to traditional Japanese music are common in enka, usually in the form of an interlude featuring instruments like the shinobue and the shamisen. Besides television, enka can usually be heard in many restaurants and drinking establishments."

-From WIKIPEDIA.


I am very amused by how Hikawa Kiyoshi (refer to extract above) dances on stage. xD

My dad is a fan of 北島三郎(Kitajima Saburo), so whenever I watch Kouhaku on TV and 北島三郎 appears, he just gets excited and exclaims, "北島三郎 ! 北島三郎 !" (We're just two little kids watching TV, you know. )
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