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Here are Two songs by  Oda Kazumasa , who is a Japanese singer and also known as the leader of the folk band Off Course. Off Course was active from 1969 to 1989. They produced many hit songs. I  love Oda’s  beatiful high tone.  Somehow I tend to prefer  high note of male voice.

眠れぬ夜 Nemurenu yoru

たとえ君が目のまえで ひざまづいてすべてを わすれてほしいと 涙ながしても

ぼくはきみのところへ 二度とはかえらない あれが愛の日々なら もういらない

愛にしばられて うごけなくなる なにげない言葉が 傷つけていく

愛のないまいにちは 自由なまいにち 誰もぼくを責めたり できはしないさ

それでもいま君が あの扉をあけて はいってきたら 僕にはわからない

君の横を通りぬけ とびだしてゆけるか くらいくらいくらい 闇のなかへ

ねむれない夜と雨の日には 忘れかけてた 愛がよみがえる

A Sleepless night

If you kneel before me and  beg “fogive everything I’v done “with tears, I would never accept you again. If those days were “Love” I don’t want them anymore.  Love binded me, and I became to get stuck in the mud. Even simple words became to hurt each other’s feelings. Now what easy days without love!  Nobody can blame me
Even so, if you come in through that door now, I’m not sure that I fall out of the room and go into the lonely lonely darkness again.
A sleepless night or a rainy day triggers the memory of love that has almost pass from our mind.

(sorry if mistranslation)

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愛をとめないで Ai wo tomenaide

やさしくしないで 君はあれから あたらしい別れをおそれている

僕が君の心の とびらをたたいてる 君のこころが そっと そっと ゆれはじめてる

愛をとめないでそこから逃げないで あまい夜はひとりで見ないで

君の人生が二つにわかれてる そのひとつがまっすぐに 僕のほうへ

なだらかなあしたへの 坂道をかけのぼって いきなり君をだきしめよう

愛をとめないで そこから逃げないで 眠れぬ夜はいらない もういらない

愛をとめないで そこから逃げないで 素直に涙をながせばいいから

ここへおいで くじけた夢を すべてその手に かかえたままで

僕の人生が二つにわかれてる そのひとつがまっすぐに…

Don’t Stop Loving

Don’t be kind. Since then, you’ve been afraid of another breaking up. I’m knocking the door of your heart. You heart gradually gradually moving. Don’t stop loving, don’t run away from it. Don’t be alone at sweet night.

Here are 2 paths of your life. One towards to me. Run up a hill of tomorrow. Hold you, just because. Don’t stop loving. Don’t run away from it. no more sleepless night Don’t stop loving. Don’t run away from it. Let tears flow. come here with lost dreams, holding everything in your arms. Here are 2 paths of my life. One towards …

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These songs became a big hit in Japan in the 1970s. Every song has harmonious melody, touched all of our hearts. I think they are so beautiful , but it sounds a little sad. Although the tempo of  the songs  seems a lot slower by todays sense,  I  feel comforted. So I like them very much.

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”The white coral reef” by Machida Yoshito

(the lyrics in Japanese)

”白い珊瑚礁” shiro sangosho

青い海原 むれとぶかもめ 心ひかれた 白いサンゴ礁

いつか 愛する人ができたら きっと二人でおとずれるだろう

南のはての 海のかなたに ひそかにねむる 白いサンゴ礁

まことの愛を見つけたときに きっと二人でおとずれるだろう…

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”White color is lover’s ” by Betsy &Chris

Betsy and Chris is a girl duo singer who came from Hawaii to Japan in the 1970s. They sang  really good Japanese. Soon their beautiful voice  fascinated the Japanese audiendes. The songs are well-worth listenning  even now.

” Betsy and Chris” produced their first golden hit “Shiroi Iro Wa Koi Bito No Iro (White color is lover’s)”, written by Kazuhiko Kato, in 1970, and they spent the next five years recording, touring, and promoting in Japan as major recording stars. During that time they appeared and performed on TV, radio and stage.

”白い色は恋人の色” shiroi iro ha koibito no iro

花びらの白い色は 初恋の色   なつかしい白ゆりは 恋人の色

ふるさとのあの人の あの人の足もとに咲く 白ゆりの

花びらの白い色は 恋人の色

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”A white swing” by  Billy Ban Ban

Billy Ban Ban is a Japanese brother duo singer. They were very popular  among young people for  their charming voice and harmony.

“白いブランコ” shiroi buranko

君はおぼえているかしら あの白いブランコ

風にふかれて ふたりでゆれた あの白いブランコ

日ぐれはいつも さびしいと ちいさな肩を ふるわせた

きみに口づけしたときに やさしくゆれた 白い白い ブランコ…

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”For saying  goodbye to sadness” by  Billy Ban Ban

This  was the theme song for a popular TV drama at that time.

“さよならをするために” sayonara wo surutameni

すぎた日のほほえみを みんな君にあげる 夕べ枯れてた花が いまは咲いているよ

すぎた日の悲しみも みんな君にあげる あの日知らない人が いまはそばに眠る

あたたかな昼さがり とおりすぎる雨に ぬれることを 夢にみるよ 風にふかれて

胸にのこる思い出と さよならをするために…

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”while he was  gone…” by   Simons

Hmm.. I cna’t express the  title in English well. This is a song of unrequited love. A gilr who has just fallen out of love goes to somewhere with a bunch of flowers in her hands rather cheerfully! Then where will she go? She goes to the sea that hold memories for their relationship and throws the flowers to the sea to shut the door on the past.

Simons also a girl duo singer with beautiful high notes.

”恋人もいないのに…” koibito mo inainoni

恋人もいないのに バラの花たば抱いて いそいそ出かけて いきました

空はいつになく 青く澄んで 思わず泣きたくなるのです

恋人もいないのに バラの花たば抱いて これからいったい どこへいくの

風はいつになく いじわるそうに つらい質問するのです

バラの花たば 胸にいっぱい いそいそ出かける 思い出の海…


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Yamapi, a beatiful boy with lonely eyes.
I would like to see him more smiling. it looks better on him.
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when he was little, like an angel absolutely!
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Yamapi now, looks mature a little

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from “Byakko-tai” , a TV drama of historical tragedy, broadcasted in 2007. Byakko-tai is a tloop consisting of young men of 16 or 17 years old , belong
to the Aizu domain in the Tohoku region.
They fought a brave battle against the new Meiji government for their domein’s surviving .But they could not stop the tide and defeated.
They did seppuku at the end of the story. Yamapi played a role of Sakai Mineji who happened to survive because he was separated from his group in the middle of the battle. Though he was not so good at acting ,the dorama is full of his charm, I think.

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appeared on TV program for promoting “byakko-tai

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from the dorama “Nobuta wo produce” in 2005.
when I think back, the dorama triggered Yamapi‘s high popularity.
It seemed that Kamenashi Kzuya, a member of Katt-un, and Yamapi made a perfect combination in it.
Kamenashi acted as a high school student who had leadership but
a kind of ego-driven person. Yamapi was his intimate friend who is something weird but funny and charming. I personally like this role best in all his dorama characters.
Kamenashi & Yamapi sang it’s tama song, too and it is became a huge
hit, sold 1.6 million copies in total.
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a scene from “Code Bule“. He did a rle of a young doctor who was very capable but had dark past. This is more a medical drama depicting young physicians’ growth than only a drama featuring Yamapi.

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from “buzzer beat
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these pictures are from a quick preview of “Ashita no Joe
this is Yamapi’s film to be released next spring, a live-action version of popular
manga featured from the 1970s.
The manga is so loved that the fans held a real funeral with grief when one of
charactors in it died in the story

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from SMILE by MIKU
http://ameblo.jp/full-smile/

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ARASHI is the most popular Jhonny’s idol group now in japan consisting of
5 cute guys.They are expected to succeed to SMAP who have been top-of-the-line entertainer in Japan for so long.
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Ninomiya Kazunari
He has appeard in lots of dramas and has played with Watanabe Ken in the
Hollywood war film “Letters from Iwo Jima” directed by Clint Eastwood.
He played a young japanese soldier in it and the battle was portrayed
through the soldier’s eyes.
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Matsumoto Jun
Everyone admits he is handsome.He also has appeared in many dramas
and movies so far.
Now he is playing a struggling actor in the drama ,as it called Getsu 9,
titled ”夏の恋は虹色に輝く”(A summer romance sparkles with the colors of
the rainbow)
The word “Getsu 9 ” represents a drama that is broadcasted from 9:00pm
to 10:00pm on every Monday at FujiTV.
As there usually the most popular actor or actresse of the time has
appeared in, almost all Getsu 9 dramas have been successful at getting
high popularity and ratings. So it is very honor for new young actor and actress to play a lead in the getsu 9.

By the way, Getsu 9 is 月9 in Kanji. ”月” is short for “月曜日”, a word for Monday, and ”9” is ”9:00″, the starting time of the drama.
So ”月9(Getsu9)” is ”MONDAY9″
The drama ever have been called it’s nickname “Getsu 9 ” with
expectation and praise by Japanese audience.

This is the first time that any member of Arashi plays a starring lole in the Getsu9. It is for sure an indication of moving up in their career.
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Sakurai Sho
He is famous as a well-educated Jhonny’s idol. Genrally it is still rare for
Jhonny’s idol to go up to a prestigious University. So the people would be
curious on him a bit. He performs a job of newscaster like
on the NTV‘s news program everyday at night besides his regular work as
an idol.

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Ohno Satoshi
He likes fishing and seems to be a person who want to enjoy the slow life
in nature. His optimistic easygoing attitude may be preferred by ordinary
people.
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Aiba Masaki
He mostly apperes in TBS’s variety program ”志村どうぶつ園(Shimura
Zoo) )”as a regular performer.The program shows such small cute
animals as dogs, cats,monkeys and penguins.He often has a romp with
the dog or monkey cheerfully in the program.
As a whole no Arashi member is so much greedy for everything.
They all seems to be of good will and get along very well.
I think this is one big reason why arashi has come to be such popular
in Japan though any member doesn’t look particularly have distinctive
ability or strong appeal.
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Kimutaku is short for Kimura Takuya

He is the key member of japanese top idle group SMAP that have reigned as the king in the japanese entertainment world for over 10 years.
He turns 38 this year. but has been keeping his figure young and beautiful!
every drama starring Kimutaku has got high ratings for a long time.
This is an astounding achievement!
Anyway the Japanese , man, woman, and child, love Kimutaku so much:-)))
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with ms paint

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the retouched photos

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