Good morning, good on ya, and welcome to today's StudyOke! Today we're talking about best girl Misora Hibari, who is the best. We'll also be focusing in on the use of "you ni" with one of the most beloved Japanese songs ever, Kawa no Nagare no You ni.
About the Artist
A movie star at hit singer by the age of 12, Misora continued performing and recording all the way up to her death at 52. She was so legendary at that time that radio stations and television channels still play her classic Kawa no Nagare no You ni on her birthday. In 1997, that same song was voted the single greatest Japanese song of all time.
It's not hard to see why Misora is and was so beloved. Certainly, her early films and music captured the zeitgeist of post-war Japan, Misora was no child-acting flash in the pan. She continued putting out beloved song after beloved song through the sixties, seventies, and eighties. For many people, her work is symbolic of the struggle of Japan up from the ashes of war to the economic boom of the eighties.
Misora passed away in 1989, a year before the stock market collapse of 1990 that Japan has still not truly recovered from. Her death marked for many people the transition from the building and growing Japan of the post-war to the stagnating and declining Japan of the post-bubble economy.
For understanding the mood and culture of that window of Japanese history, there's probably no better entry point than the work of Misora Hibari. But just she escaped the fate of so many child actors, I think her work also avoids the pitfalls of blind nostalgia. The universal themes of songs like Kawa no Nagare no You ni or even Kanashii Sake speak to her power as an artist and performer, and not just a beloved cultural icon.
|Misora Hibari is best waifu, always.|
[Today's Topic: Like NoYou ni is after the jump]