As promised from last night's article "Happiness" by Godiego's Yukihide Takekawa (タケカワユキヒデ), I have a kayo that would have been used as a nice ditty to go with a wedding reception.
Titled "Koko ni Shiawase Ari" (There Is Happiness Here) from 1956, this was the second single recorded by Yoshiko Ohtsu（大津美子）following her debut of the spicy "Tokyo Anna"（東京アンナ）. Unlike the rumbling Mood Kayo of that song, "Koko ni Shiawase Ari" is a tenderhearted love song that sounds as if it could have been recorded anytime between the 1920s and the 1950s. And I think Ohtsu's high-pitched operatic vocals fit this song even better than with "Tokyo Anna". Perhaps I could see her as the Japanese equivalent of Jeannette McDonald (Google it).
The song was written by Kikutaro Takahashi（高橋掬太郎）and composed by Saburo Iida（飯田三郎）. Even though I couldn't find out any details on exactly how many records were sold, "Koko ni Shiawase Ari", according to J-Wiki's article on the singer, was an unprecedented hit for Ohtsu. Apparently, it's still a karaoke favourite among ethnic Japanese living in far-flung places such as Hawaii and Brazil. As you can see above, the singer has performed it on stage many times but although she has appeared on NHK's Kohaku Utagassen a total of 7 times, she only performed her hit song just once at her final appearance on the New Year's Eve special in 1990.