We have Enka singer Shinichi Sasaki (佐々木新一) singing in the shoes of a parent having to send his beloved daughter off for marriage instead. What I enjoyed most about this song is that Sasaki very well manages to convey the joy and pride of a father seeing his child finally grow up and face one of life's most unforgettable stepping stones, and balances it out with the concealed heartache all parents have of letting go of their precious offspring. Quite sad when you come to think of it.
To go along with Sasaki's somewhat nasally warble is the gentle, happy yet forlorn music composed by Kenji Miyashita (宮下健治). Hey, it's the same guy who composed Kiyoshi Hikawa's (氷川きよし) hit "Choitto Kimagure Wataridori" (ちょいときまぐれ渡り鳥), which is definitely at the opposite end of the spectrum of emotion when compared to "Hana Yome Toge".
Okay, getting back on track. Sasaki, born in Aomori in 1946, and if I read right from the J-Wiki, he was discovered in 1963 by renowned composer Seiichi Sakurada (桜田誠一) while still in his second year of high school. He debuted in 1965 under the label King Records and his nickname back then was "New one". From there, Sasaki consistently produced singles, with his 4th single from 1966 "Anoko Tazunete" (あの娘たずねて) being a million seller. But that was until 1971 where everything just stopped for some unknown reason. He did still release some singles on occasion, some even released a decade apart from the other! No wonder I had never heard of him! Though it seems that they've been coming out regularly in the recent years, with "Hana Yome Toge" being his newest, released on October 6th 2014. The song did pretty well on the regular charts, peaking at 60th place. From the MV, it most likely peaked at 11th on the Enka-yo charts.
I don't know... the last line where our protagonist wishes his daughter to take care and have a blessed marriage just tugs on the heartstrings. Dang it, Sasaki! Or should I say Sekiguchi?