Reading Noelle's latest article on Teruhiko Saigo（西郷輝彦）earlier today had me deciding to talk a bit about his and actress Mari Henmi's（辺見マリ）daughter, tart-tongued actress/tarento Emiri Henmi（辺見えみり）. Except for the last number of years of my time in Japan, the second generation of entertainer was a frequent presence on variety shows and commercials...and no surprise on that since she was a pretty fetching young lady when I first saw her, such as in the above ad.
As was often the case with many a young TV personality back then, Henmi contributed her vocal cords at the recording studio as well, She released 10 singles (the first 3 of which are now out of print) and 3 albums during the 90s, one of which was her 2nd single from June 1994, "Kirei ni Narou yo" (Let's Be Beautiful). Although I knew that she did release her fair share of records, I had only known her as the tarento. But listening to this song...well, I thought she acquitted herself quite well here.
Written by Henmi herself and composed by prolific composer/arranger Mitsuo Hagita（萩田光雄）, "Kirei ni Narou yo" may be pretty light pop and Henmi's vocals didn't have Hiromi Iwasaki （岩崎宏美）losing any sleep, but I think it's still arranged slickly enough that some of the more mainstream female singers along the lines of Miki Imai（今井美樹）and Takako Okamura（岡村孝子）could have taken it on earlier in their careers.
It was used as the ending theme for the video game variety show, "Super Mario Club" on TV Tokyo at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Considering that the show ended its run in September 1993, the song took its sweet time becoming a released single. I never caught the show myself since it would be over a year until I would get back to Japan to start my second life as a teacher, but I remember that there were similar programs at the dinner hour on TV Tokyo that I would catch from time to time as I munched away on my karaage bento.
Now that I've been back in Canada for a few years now, my chances to see Henmi are even smaller but recently she has popped up as an occasional guest on NHK's weekday morning variety show "Asaichi"（朝市...Morning Market）.