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Monday, February 5, 2018

Maiko Ito -- Sayonara no Calendar(さよならのカレンダー)

Once again with Maiko Ito(伊藤麻衣子), an 80s aidoru who didn't quite reach the upper echelons of aidoru-dom like Seiko Matsuda(松田聖子)or Akina Nakamori(中森明菜)but still carved out a niche for her fans and even got a reputation for playing really against type through a role as a gang girl.

I was listening to an old collection of 80s aidoru when I encountered her 5th single "Sayonara no Calendar" (The Goodbye Calendar) from March 1984. No tsuppari in this song, though. It's Ito being as sweet as any aidoru can be here with a gentle melody by Yuuho Iwasato(岩里祐穂)under her alternate name of Mio Iwasato(岩里未央)and lyrics of longing by Masao Urino(売野雅勇).

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"Sayonara no Calendar" was also used as a campaign song for Santen Eyedrops. After listening to it a few times, I kinda wonder if there was a bit of inspiration from Yumi Matsutoya(松任谷由実). In any case, nice to have a spring-like number for these very cold times.

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