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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tazumi Toyoshima -- Tomadoi Twilight (とまどいトワイライト)

Tazumi "TAZZ" Toyoshima(豊島たづみ)is a Fukuoka-born singer-songwriter who I first found out about through one of the CDs in the "Good Times Diva" series with her song "Tomadoi Twilight" (The Bewildering Twilight) from February 1979. Showing that Momoe Yamaguchi(山口百恵)wasn't just their only client, Ryudo Uzaki and Yoko Aki(宇崎竜童・阿木燿子)created this atmospheric ballad about a woman going through the sufferings of loneliness. The heroine seems to be spending her nights at the bars surrounded by the usual barflies only to come home to an empty room.

Although the lyrics hint at life in the big city, the music has a bit more of a countryside feeling due to those pan flutes (?) that are part and parcel of the original melody. Momoe may have sounded like the toughest suffer-no-fools-period woman of the city, but Tazumi's delivery of "Tomadoi Twilight" has a more crackly quality as if that same woman Momoe had portrayed was now a wiser, sadder and more resigned veteran now simply going through the motions of hitting the watering holes and hoping beyond hope that someone would even greet her with a friendly word.

Of the 10 singles that Toyoshima has released, this was arguably her most famous song as it peaked at No. 19 on Oricon, becoming the 78th-ranked song of the year and selling almost 150,000 copies. The sad ballad also became the theme song for a 1979 TBS drama titled "Tatoeba, Ai"(たとえば、愛...For Example, Love)about a popular radio DJ who's caught between her current husband and her previous one.


  1. All-knowing Youtube commenters claim that this song is used as a background of
    Strange, if true!

    1. Hello, Anonymous! And it's amazing and true! I actually saw some reference to this rap song on the J-Wiki article for Tazumi Toyoshima but didn't follow up. I checked out the video and was pretty tickled hearing the familiar pan flutes while the rap is going at warp speed. Did you find out through the commenters or just by associative accident?

  2. I found out through the commenters. It is also listed


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