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Yesterday: Ano Natsu no bike – Kokusho Sayuri

Today: Mine – Taylor Swift

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Ano Natsu no bike – Kokusho Sayuri

I may be completely wrong about this and should not be trusted as a reliable source on anything ever, but i think the bike of the title is the motorcycle Sayuri rode across the United States in the Summer of 1986. She wanted to do it, and she did, posing in front of the New York World Trade Centre in the photo on the sleeve of this single. Sayuri was also part of the Hiroshima prefecture schools’ short track running team. Her 100 metres personal best is 12.8 seconds. And was sort of the unofficial leader of the Onyank Club. She’s basically just one big overachiever.

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Natsu wo Mattenai

Natsu wo mattenai – Kokusho Sayuri

I went out with my best friend the other night for the first time in months and naturally the talk turned to what we each are fond of in the world of music now. He, trapped in his office working on some academic paper on whatever, is pointedly listening to those classic albums we are all supposed to know, to pick out with the most discriminating mindset what actually is as good as everyone pedestals them as. Me, i’m listening to the usual.

I always say that. For the last five years (or more) it has been the usual. Never defined, just the usual, to escape explaining it, or to share something he can’t possibly share back. I didn’t tell him i love 80’s J-pop. I didn’t tell him i love anything. Just the usual – the things of use to no one else that affirm and complete my life so. He knows about my stupid hang ups. He knows what use i am. I’m safe with him, to share with him anything, and he knows why i often don’t. I don’t need to.

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Valentine Kiss

Valentine kiss – Kokusho Sayuri

This has become Japan’s Valentine’s Day anthem, and probably the most lastingly resonant Onyanko Club-related song, if it’s not Selafuku o Nugasanaide. I don’t think it matters to people that Sayuri originally sang it, so much has it entered a national consciousness. Do we have such an anthem in Australia? Can we adopt this one? Surely it’s such a day of invented tradition and universal meaning that it doesn’t matter where its song is from or what language it’s sung in.

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Natsu wo Mattenai

Natsu wo mattenai – Kokusho Sayuri

For how many solo ventures that stemmed from the Onyanko Club, how many songs that had to fill those ventures, how limited they were in deviating from pop structure, and how few people were involved in the songwriting and image-making process, it’s amazing how varied it all was. Or not. Maybe it’s only somehing those of us in too deep can tell. But a Kokusho Sayuri song is not a Jounouchi Sanae song is not a Fukunaga Satomi song is not a Kawai Sonoko song is not an Ushiroyubi Sasaregumi song is not an Onyanko Club song.

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Natsu wo Mattenai

Natsu wo mattenai – Kokusho Sayuri

Onyanko Club member #8, and, being there from formation to end, unofficially their leader. Well, the one who seemed to be given the microphone during media appearances most. She now works in Joshi promotion OZ Academy as a manager, which is a nice example of (to me) discrete worlds colliding. She was also named after actress Yoshinaga Sayuri. More worlds collide. This was her second solo single, after the annals of history-entrenched Valentine’s Kiss. This song is better.

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