"Shinjuku no Onna"(Shinjuku Woman) was Fuji's debut single in September 1969. Composed by Masao Ishizaka（石坂まさを） and written by Ishizaka and Minoru Mizuno（みずの稔...I hope that is the correct reading for the first name), the setting of the song was the red-light district of Kabukicho in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and the protagonist was a woman who seemed to be stuck there night after night as she kicked herself for falling for the charms of yet another man. It was those self-flagellating lyrics that got everyone's attention along with the whiskey-and-cigarettes voice of Fuji, and she was only 18 years old when she recorded this song! As I mentioned for the other song by her on the blog, "Onna no Blues"（女のブルース）, I'm a sucker for the bluesy side of enka from the old days with the gentle guitar and the blare of that trumpet cutting through the night like a knife.
|Heading to Shinjuku Station|