Written by Toyohisa Araki（荒木とよひさ）and composed by Takashi Miki（三木たかし）, "Machikutabirete Yokohama"has a sparkly and shiny sheen although the lyrics and the video above may show something a little more depressing about a failed love affair. And it just sounds Asian....as overly obvious as that sounds, since it is a Japanese aidoru tune. Perhaps I should say that it has a pan-Asian pop sound as if it could belong just as easily in a Teresa Teng or Agnes Chan repertoire as it does in Kashiwabara's. And that wouldn't be surprising since Araki and Miki would later create one of Teng's big hits, "Toki no Nagare ni Mi wo Makase"（時の流れに身をまかせ）, as they did for her back in 1984 with "Tsugunai"(つぐない).
I first came across this song when I bought an audio tape version of her album of the same title in that ol' Chinatown record store, Wah Yueh, back in the mid-80s. The single was released in April 1985 and peaked at No. 9 with about 100,000 copies sold. The album itself was released in June of that year.
|The East Gate of Yokohama's Chinatown|
|Minato Mirai by Yokohama Bay|
One of my favourite places in Japan
Could imagine Yoshie-chan strolling along here!