For the past four days my musical attention has been placed firmly on an idol whom just a week ago I had no previous knowledge of and when it comes to impulse J-Pop purchases it's a definite weakness of mine. A week ago went kind of like this: Read a review by Ray at IW covering said idol…saw some kawaii photos!……ordered her entire available music catalog at Cdjapan. Whenever a "new" idol is introduced to me one of my initial curiosities is whether they've ventured into the music industry as it's notably quite common even if some tenures are quite short lived still there's always the hope of a glimpse!

Akiyama Nana released four singles and one album between July '06 and September '07 and I may have perhaps acted hastily as I ordered all of these releases without hearing a single note or vocal. This was actually a bit odd even for me as I would usually like to hear the artist/group first before taking the plunge into their works but call it wacky intuition but somehow I just had a good feeling that Nanachan wouldn't disappoint. Other memorable "blind" purchases that I've made in the past that worked out wonderfully were the debut of Speed, Morning Musume, Moritaka Chisato, Sakurai Tomo, Nishida Hikaru, Tanimura Yumi and Sakai Noriko to name just a few albeit most these were done while I was working at a music store which well gave me the possibility of a return if I didn't care for them…Nah! I wouldn't do that! 😛 And in the tradition of the aforementioned said "blind" purchases, or perhaps call it blind luck,…….Akiyama Nana is a keeper! ^-^

Just the notion of an idol let alone a gravure idol turned vocalist, one may immediately dismiss them to a land of cutesy melodies and bubblegum pop which admittedly was my very expectation. One can never have enough cute J-Pop so this "blind" purchase was done with that very notion in mind however this past Saturday when I got home from brunch the Akiyama Nana collection that awaited me in the post had something very different in mind from the very instant that I placed her first single into the player. Here hit play before I go on and first up is her second single "Orange iro" which has an amazing piano driven melody which is sweetly complimented with rhythmic lyrical phrases all set over a beautiful backdrop of 60's fuzziness. ^-^

01 オレンジ色
Akiyama Nana

…(note this next song has about a 25 second long intro which is a bit quiet but please don't adjust your volume too much as the music will start soon!)…

06 ふたり乗り
Akiyama Nana

…initially "Futari nori" may sound like a typical J-Pop release but after a few seconds the arrangement fully kicks in and all of my false personal pretenses were quickly washed away. At first it was the accompanying musical arrangements that struck me as the writing is in depth, with elaborate and deeply creative songs which draw deep roots of inspiration from periods such as the 60's with an approach which is contemporary perfection…"Futari nori" was also released as the b-side to "Sayonara to hajimari" and the single version is presented without the intro which is on the album version (above).  

… and I'm also loving the jazz influences in "Hikari to kage no palette" as well! But Akiyama Nana's vocals are also notably not of the cutesy idol genre at all and while her voice is indeed "cute", her vocals are delivered in more of a sense of musical purpose rather than aesthetic lacing…hmmmmm I just don't know how else to put that and I hope it makes some sort of sense! 😛 And some of the vocal arrangements are quite advanced pieces too! Initially you may not find her vocals to be particularly remarkable but give it some time and I'm thinking you will find hers to be pure <3! Some of the songs are more straightforward but I think you will agree that many of the musical arrangements that will follow here are quite complex with a vast inclusion of various instrumentation and influences and I'm just so impressed by her!! Never in my wildest imagination was I expecting this! I admittedly listen to a lot of cutesy J-Pop because I'm addicted!…but Akiyama Nana's releases are somewhat of a breath of fresh air in a sense and this is mostly a state of self infliction, though not complaining! 😛 though it's just that I rarely come across idol releases of this nature. Please do take note of the larger body of work here as a single song or two just won't do Akiyama Nana justice as her music is so varied and wide spread in gathering together so many different genres of music as you will hear over the next few tracks…okay quite a bit of songs and I really wanted to upload them all but I must save something for your further intrigue into her! ^-^ I do wonder sometimes if I tend to write too much and babble on aimlessly after awhile so instead of putting you through more of my possibly unnecessary words how about more sophisticated, well written, and inspired J-Pop delivered by Akiyama Nana (a new "love" of mine!) and oh! yes more photos of course! ^-^

Here's Akiyama Nana's musical discography which arrived this past Saturday and it's kind of ironic that now that I've fallen in love with her voice and music it appears as though she may have moved on from her music career as her most recent release is a single dating back to September 19th, 2007 which means that she's been inactive for quite awhile now. If it's true that saddens me but at least she's shared with us all of this great music….and I've been listening to it every day since Saturday! ^-^

Some of these editions are first pressings too so a few bonus cute trading cards were included which are designed with a cell phone appearance in mind. 🙂

Ah I love this photo she's just so adorable!!…and idol + guitar = ❤ always!

03 走る
Akiyama Nana

One of my favorites! "Hashiru"…a happy happy happy wall of psychedelic goodness and I really love Nanachan's vocals throughout this one….fun upbeat with just a touch of her wonderful falsetto. ^-^

Akiyama Nana's debut song is a bright and cheery one and the musical arrangement will have you thinking clear skies and joyous walk outside!

02 夜明け前
Akiyama Nana

"Yoake mae" is pure 60's inspired!…with those wonderful tones and I just love the bouncy piano arrangement that kicks in at about 45 seconds into the song!

07 青空
Akiyama Nana

"Aozora" is probably her cutest song melody wise but even in this context the verses are still casual examples of rhythmic complexity but it all leads to the choruses which are definitely written with an aura of cuteness! 🙂

02 tiptoe
Akiyama Nana

"tiptoe" is the b-side to "Orange iro" but it could have easily been an a-side in its own right. I think you'll love its infectious jazzy influence and Nana's vocal phrasing is a delight in its own.

"Kuusou glider" ("Daydream;fantasy glider") combines ska rhythms with a well driven rock/pop sound as they blend seamlessly in this energetic track. This is another fine example of the diversity presented in her works as a whole, such a great song!

08 ガラスの扉
Akiyama Nana

"Garasu no tobira" ("Glass  Door")  has Nana performing with a  wonderfully sassy vocal to this 60's flavored "alternative" rock tune! I love her phrasing throughout this song…it's strong yet cute! ^-^

"Sayonara to hajimari" is the title track of Nanachan's 3rd single and this one is a lovely ballad…pure, and straightforward with a beautifully composed chorus.

10 帰り道
Akiyama Nana

The 12th and final song that I've chosen to upload makes for the perfect closing song for this post as "Kaeri michi" is not only the final track on her album but it's melancholy melody makes for the perfect closer as it has a "winding down" feeling that's a bit difficult to explain in words…imagine a wonderful lazy Sunday afternoon…nothing but you and your CD player…."Kaeru michi" plays in the background………

For anyone interested in purchasing any of Akiyama Nana's music her complete catalog can be ordered here at Cdjapan. ^-^ Her pv is just below!


And lastly here's the pv for "Orange iro" and this pv is available as a bonus track on the first pressing Akiyama Nana's 3rd single "Sayonara to hajimari"….now if only I could get my media player to recognize it which it doesn't seem to want to do! :P….but happily someone else has already uploaded it! She's even more adorable when moving! 😛

I really hope that Akiyama Nana returns to recording more music as I've totally fallen in love with her voice and the music written for her is so refreshing with well written pieces that sport individuality and a vast sense of diversity in them. One can hope! ^-^ Akiyama Nana = pure <3!

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Lover and free spirit who's interests in Japanese culture and the like are insatiable. I am of pure Japanese/Okinawan descent, love my cats, sleep and am a bit naughty at times :).
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44 Responses to 秋山奈々は。。。グラビアアイドルから、歌手に。

  1. Henkka says:

    Thanks a lot for introducing me to her, MorningBerryz! I listened to a couple of tracks (the first two actually) and instantly liked what I heard! I was very pleasantly surprised. To my disappointment, though, I couldn't find any of her material on the usually so trustworthy jpopsuki… too bad. 😦 Hopefully I'll come across her stuff elsewhere.
    Anyway, thanks for the recommendation! Very much appreciated!


  2. Ah I'm so happy that you like her music too! Hopefully you'll get a chance to listen to more as she has so many great songs and their musical styles are so varied too. Hmmm…I didn't include any mp3s because I wasn't sure if anyone would want them. Isn't she so adorable too! I hope you had a chance to watch her pv too! ^-^


  3. Mikey says:



  4. Hmm..that was the plan! 😛 I hope it worked to some degree! ^-^ I just think she has such wonderful music and I really have grown to adore her voice so much!! That's a cute photo of her! She matches both shorter and long hair I think!


  5. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    i also like nana:)


  6. Hi Harold!Nanachan is awesome isn't she~! I really ♥ how her songs are so inspired by the 60's and she has such a wonderfully cute voice too~! My favorite has to be "Hashiru." ^ ^ But I love her entire catalog!


  7. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    I don't know that song yet, because I have limited information about her, but I am trying to find more songs of her, can I ask where do you get her songs??


  8. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    and bw my favorite song of nana is sayonara to hajimari and 秋山奈々「同じ星」but Im hoping you will help me to find more of her songs,:)Thanks:)


  9. All of the tracks here I purchased from Cdjapan….and "Hashiru" (走る)is the fourth audio file from the top of this post going downward in case you're curious. ^ ^ A little bit of background information is also in this post and I hope this helps! I linked her CD page in the previous reply. =)Those are two great favorite songs♪♪!!


  10. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    thanks a lot,:) hope you continue to support nana:) but is there a web site you know could see some more of her songs:))thank you very much for your big big help:)


  11. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    waaa!! I dont have enough money fo those expensive cds,:((


  12. I just noticed that Nanachan is releasing a new "personality" video but no new single or album just yet. :/ Sometimes online sellers share album/single previews on their sites but I'm not really sure if there are any of Nanachan out there…..although the twelve tracks that I've uploaded here along with her latest single "Sora wo oyogu sakana" and it's coupling with song "Start Line" which can be found here most of her singles and catchy album tracks are here. ^ ^ YesAsia offers free international shipping so maybe that would be a great place to look also. =) But Japanese CDs are a bit pricey…I do agree with that!


  13. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    thanks!!:) can I call you mb??wahaha!!I'll just tell my mom to find a shop here in the Philippines where I can purchase some of her album,:)hope you add more blogs of nana, cause I love reading your blogs about nana,:)


  14. Hi Harold! I hope you had a chance to listen to her latest single "Sora wo oyogu sakana" linked above. ^ ^ And I hope you can find a music store there that sells Nanachan's music♪♪~. Her music catalog isn't too large so it may not take long to collect…..hai~hai! 'mb' is okay~..^ ^


  15. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    how old nana is??


  16. Let's see Nanachan was born in 1989…December 26th so she's 19 until the end of the year. ^ ^ It seems like she should be a lot older but she started so early as a gravure idol.


  17. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    what do you mean garuve idol??


  18. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    wahaha!! honestly Im only 15 years old,:))


  19. 'Gravure idols' are models who usually appear in publications known for bikinis or I guess you could say anything that's revealing or maybe provocative? Nanachan still releases "image" DVDs although I haven't watched one so I'm not sure if there of the gravure type or not.


  20. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    aa,, I see but she is beautiful whether she is singing or posing,:)what do ussualy garuve idols do?? cause its the first time I've heared that word,:P


  21. The Japanese culture is really like no other in the world as models generally start modeling really early…….Japan often pushes the "ethical" issue in this way. Numerous models or gravure idols in Japan begin appearing in publications at a very young age…even earlier than 15. Sorry if this is shocking but it's really part of Japan's culture in a very real sense. ^ ^


  22. They're models…but many go on to become actresses and become
    successful in other fields, sometimes it's directly from their career
    as a gravure idol as it's possibly what gets them seen or noticed. But
    'gravure' just refers to a type of model.


  23. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    aw!! too bad?? is it really required? or they can choose whether they like it or not?


  24. Hmm..that's really difficult to say as I think you'd need to get into the heads of either their parents or the models themselves to know that answer. A lot of it could be their parent's wishes but the model themselves hopefully have a choice in the matter as well as it would only seem right.


  25. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    what age nana start as a garuve model??


  26. I'm not actually sure……but she is noted to have appeared in publications before 15 I think? Maybe you can find more information on the web?


  27. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    thanks 🙂 do I ask too much?? sorry for wasting your time,,:|


  28. LOL no not at all. ^ ^ I don't mind….you're so funny! Curiosity is good as it's how we all learn and you're definitely not 'wasting' my time~. =)


  29. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    sorry , I thought youre already fed up.,:P maybe I'll ask you tom? cause I still have a lot of question ,:))what time is it in youre place? you are in japan right?


  30. It's almost 6 pm here in Hawaii~. Sometimes I do wish that I lived in Japan though lol! XD


  31. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    aa,, so youre not yet sleeping?? waa!!! can I ask you now?? :))pls!!! :))so what are her popular songs??


  32. "Orange iro" and "Sayonara to hajimari" probably got the most promotion as singles….have you watched her music videos too? They're really down to earth and they show a sort of everyday kind of Nanachan. ^ ^


  33. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    ya!! I've already watch all her available music video at you tube and my problem is it's only few, cause when I saw how many albums she have I got eager to listen to all her songs,:) and btw what is utb?


  34. I was really hoping that she would release a pv DVD collection with all of her music videos but sadly she hasn't yet. :/ I'm only able to watch them on YouTube too but I think they're really endearing and sweet music videos. 'UTB' is a Japanese magazine which features idols and idol news, it's published every two months.


  35. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    and my very big problem is , I can't understand the text,:P


  36. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    aa then you buy it and scan on your comp?? I see,,what does it ussually contains??


  37. Oh you mean 'UTB?'…..it's has articles about upcoming idol events in Japan, brief music release information, interviews, fun articles with games sometimes, and photo features.


  38. We can talk again more later okay~….I have a movie date tonight so I'm going to get ready now. ^ ^


  39. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    ok!! 🙂 thank you very much for your time:) talk to you tom,:)


  40. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    is nana popular in japan??


  41. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    Just curious ,wehre did you discover nana??this is my last question,


  42. I actually learned about her while reading a review of a blog post containing one of her shashinshuu…and from there I did a search and found that she was linked to music♪♪~. And from there it was………(゜∀゜)………。


  43. *]hAr0ld[* says:

    c ",) thanks:)okie bye2!!


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