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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Mieko Nishijima -- Hoshi Meguri (星めぐり)

Mieko Nishijima(西島三重子)is one of those singers that has always been under the radar but has this wonderfully rich but pure voice. She was born and raised in my old haunt of Nakano Ward, Tokyo and was most active during the late 70s and early 80s. She has more famous songs such as "Ikegami-sen"(池上線...The Ikegami Line) and "Gin Lime", but the first song I had ever heard by her was this one, "Hoshi Meguri"(A Tour of the Stars), a romantic ballad about a young couple falling in love while under a fireworks-filled sky.

Released in April 1977, and written/composed by Nishijima herself, it was one-half of an EP, "1460 Hi"(1460日....1460 Days) and a track on her album, "Samenai Uchi ni"(さめないうちに....While It's Still Hot). The song has this nostalgic soft lilt to it which takes me back decades.

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