Like countless others have done so before and after, Nakama Yukie's rise to becoming one of Japan's most celebrated actresses passed through the gates of idol career, gravure model as well as a venture into a music career…the last being my focus for today. 🙂 Nakama Yukie's music career debuted in 1996 as she released 9 singles and 1 album over a brief period although after a quite long hiatus from the music world she did return with an album release just 2 years ago in early 2006. Unfortunately all of her music releases are now out of print so today I just wanted to share a few songs from her debut album titled "Tooi hi no melody." The album contains a total of 11 tracks with a couple of alternate versions which differ from their original single releases. If anyone out there watches SmapxSmap regularly you may have caught the January 2007 episode which Yukiesan appeared as their Bistro guest which was really cute but the main reason for mentioning this reference is that Shingo who always has something incredibly amusing for each guest during the other team's mealtime that often includes an impersonation like only Shingo can produce, does his best Yukiecham impression with long haired wig and all!….yes it's a bit terrifying but in an endearing sense…..lol have you ever been endeared by something terrifying?!! 😛 And it turns out to be her debut single "Moonlight to daybreak" fron 1996….. 😮
Here's my very modest Nakama Yukie music collection which includes her debut album and 4th single "Makenai ai ga kitto aru." I came across a music magazine add for this single sometime in the summer of '97 and although I had absolutely no idea of whom she was at the time I went ahead and ordered it because I thought the cover photo was cute……..yes sometimes I have really really deep thoughts while making decisions. 😛 So while marketing genius attracted my attention back then……it's just amazing to see how Yukiesan's career has progressed so much through the years as she's now a top notch celebrity, talent and actress in Japan. Her resume of dramas, movies and anime involvement reads most impressively and hopefully I can cover some of those in more detail on another day. ^ ^
Although Yukiechan debuted just a bit before Momusu did I do find that through the years some of her songs may have garnered a rather dated feeling about them…so with that in mind here's 8 tracks which I've chosen off of her debut album. ^ ^
Starting with my favorite Yukiechan song "True Love Story." =) While her vocals may not grab you in any spectacular sense she does have a really cute voice…..and for me, just seeing where she is today in her career and taking these out to listen to gives them that much more of a sentimental aura. For me it was sort of like going backwards as I purchased these CDs back when she wasn't really known yet (1998's drama "Kamisama mou sukoshi dake" would be the first drama that I'd see her in 🙂 ) and then later when I'd grown to love her so much as an actress I then one day went back seeing these on the shelf and thought…how great it was that she touched into the music world way back then albeit for a brief period of time. So for me sharing these songs isn't so much in that I'm saying you're going to love these but rather…..isn't it sweet that she once was a singer back then! ^o^♪♪
And on a side note I really wish that the Kouhaku would have Yukiesan lead the "Red" team again……hmmmm actually I haven't checked to see who the hosts will be this year, maybe one of them is Yukiesan? ^ ^
"Tooi hi no melody" (album version)
"Dame na koi"
"ONE MORE CHANCE" appears both on her album as well as the coupling with song to her single "Makenai ai ga kitto aru."
"Viora no yume"
"Makenai ai ga kitto aru"
And I just know that I remembered seeing Yukiesan in an idol publication before so after searching the shelves I found what I think are her very first two appearances in UTB dating back to February & September 1998. ^ ^ I've scanned her photo layouts and articles below…..and while the scans above from her music releases are more on the adorable side, the UTB ones below are quite sexy! ^ ^
Coincidentally Okina Megumi was the cover girl for both issues that Yukiesan appeared in back then…..and in a double coincidence Okina Megumi also ventured into the music world briefly…I should post some of her songs♪♪ later! ^ ^
The most beautiful Ryukyuan along with Kuninaka Ryokochan ^ ^.
These are from September 1998 issue…