I was doing another search through Dad's old 45s of yesteryear when I found another Hachiro Kasuga（春日八郎）single. About 7 months ago, I did an article on the very atmospheric "Rosario no Shima"（ロザリオの島）, his single from 1964. Well, this is an earlier single from 1963 titled "Nagasaki no Onna" (Woman of Nagasaki).
It was written and composed by the same duo of Yukio Tanaka and Isao Hayashi（たなかゆきを・林伊佐緒）who would later create the aforementioned "Rosario no Shima" but "Nagasaki no Onna" is this very cheerful folksy enka as if it were describing a day out walking through the local market and having short chats with the storekeepers and fellow neighbours. The lyrics actually tell the tale of pining for that woman from Nagasaki with the shoutouts to a few sites in the city such as Oranda Saka（オランダ阪...Holland Slope）. Although it is a happy song, I also heard some of those staccato horns and that resonant rhythm that would characterize "Rosario no Shima".
|Hachiro Kasuga -- Nagasaki no Onna|