A small and slightly nutty anecdote here today. As you regular readers of "Kayo Kyoku Plus" probably already know, I've been a pretty big fan of Hiromi Iwasaki（岩崎宏美）since I first heard her back in 1981 with her cover of "Sumire Iro no Namida"（すみれ色の涙）, and so my image of lovely Hiromi was always her in that shimmering long black hair that dropped all the way down to her lower back, the bright wide smile and her elegant fashion sense (I was only beginning to hear her 70s material and had yet to see her in her teenage short bob).
So when I saw some of her albums on sale at Wah Yueh in Chinatown, I absolutely couldn't believe that it was her on that cover of her album "Diamant" (pronounced "Giaman" according to the hiragana). She looked like an avant-garde snowflake, for heaven' sake! It was such that I even refused to buy the album for several months. I actually ended up getting her later LPs, "Cinema" and "Wa Ga Ma Ma" first at my old shop. However, after hearing some of the smooth songs from "Diamant" on my friend's audiotape, I finally relented and picked up the album. I'm sure the cashier was probably thinking "Well,what took you so long?"
Seeing some of the covers from her previous albums and then finding out that "Diamant" was her first domestically-produced album in a couple of years, I guess Iwasaki and the producers at Victor wanted to shake things up a bit in the photography. Vive la neige!