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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Reiko Ishige -- Tabi no Techou(旅の手帖)

Just one of the many 80s aidoru underneath the top stars of Seiko Matsuda(松田聖子), Naoko Kawai(河合奈保子)and Yoshie Kashiwabara(柏原芳恵)that I never got to know until much, much later, Reiko Ishige(石毛礼子)was actually someone that I only found out about in the last few months.

Hailing from Takarazuka City in Hyogo Prefecture, Ishige took vocal courses through Yamaha and then made her debut at the age of 21, which is fairly advanced for an aidoru. Her debut single was "Tabi no Techou" (Travel Diary), written by Takashi Matsumoto(松本隆), composed by Kazuya Amikura(網倉一也), and released in June 1981. What had me bookmarking this one was those synths that start the song off, and Ishige's fresh and snappy vocals. At certain points, she and "Tabi no Techou" even remind me of early Seiko-chan and her material. The song did modestly well by peaking at No. 77 and selling about 20,000 records.

Ishige would only record three more singles up to early 1983 with no albums released, after which she retired from show business, according to her J-Wiki file.

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