It’s Friday so you know what that means….a look back at idols past and for tonight we’ll be taking a little look back with Miyazawa Rie.
Miyazawa Rie born on April 6th, 1973 is best known for her acting career which spans from film to numerous television dramas also including various theater works. She also began modeling professionally at the very young age of just eleven years old and would go on to becoming one of Japan’s premiere glamour models appearing in a vast array of Commercials, magazines as well as her very own shashinshuu collections. For me personally Miyazawa Rie hit on radar via her television dramas where she once acted beside simultaneously two generations of Japanese leading men in the drama “Kyosokyoku” (“Concerto”) alongside Kimura Takuya and Tamura Masakazu, also in “Kamisama mou sukoshi dake” with Fukada Kyoko and the always gorgeous Kaneshiro Takeshi and for a long running series drama there was “Musashi” as well as a few notable others over the years for me. For anyone who’s been familiar with her presence and demeanor I can totally liken her beauty, grace and elegance to that of the high praise of Audrey Hepburn, for her class, poise and femininity are none short of immaculate with a natural beauty seen not much more than a few times in a generations length. That’s not to say that her life has been that of pure roses as numerous times her presence in the media has been that of controversy ranging from her short engagement to then sumo great Takanohana, a release of a nude book (a post best suited for another day as I do have access to this book), a suspected suicide attempt as well as her longstanding fight with anorexia over the years. Still Miyazawa Rie remains as one of Japan’s most celebrated beauties as from magazine covers to your television she’s forever cemented in the celebrity of this generations past.
For this evening’s Idols♥ Unzipped I’ve chosen to open up one of Miyazawa Rie’s earlier photo collections titled “Quelle Surprise.” I found this rare box set at a local used book store years ago while perusing their shelves and it all came very unexpectedly as I’d then only known this cover from old out of print catalog images and never imagined ever seeing an actual copy of it so available at just an arms reach. Also remarkably the box set I collected is in quite great condition and all of its contents appear to be present including a photo book, thick outer casing, VHS compartment, VHS itself (yep it’s that old!!) and a single sticker sheet which remains completely unused. As you can see just below, the sticker sheet is actually designed to decorate the VHS casing and now how nostalgic is that =P! Yes VHS stickers for both spine and top label surfaces and they’re cute too, with Miyazawa Rie gracing all images and title descriptions =D.
However first, let’s take a little listen to…you guessed it! a bit of her J~pop career as we all know so well how idols almost always inevitably whether of the past or present will so often venture into the music industry as their talents call for it…or well at least to add a well rounded idol resume stature to one’s own professional craft.
-my Miyazawa Rie music collection-
Miyazawa Rie’s J~Pop career began in the lat 80’s reaching into the early mid 90’s and for this facet of her life it’s 100% idol born and while her vocals overall aren’t on the remarkable side it speaks volumes that she was signed by music giant Sony back then and the production of her singles and albums were quite well done, although that’s not to say that this time period in musical history does note its vast amounts of musical direction which let’s just say…..remains time capsuled or dated for lack of a better term and somehow or another hasn’t been blessed by time like pretty much every neighboring decade has going both forwards and backwards from then said 80’s~> mid 90’s. Much of the instrumentation’s sound as well as the styles then are frozen in bubblegum pop representing the big hair era so here I’ve chosen three songs in particular which I feel that have been just a bit more successful at fighting father time and maybe escaping just a little bit of that oh so dated feeling.
~Miyazawa Rie “Kokoro kara suki” mp3~
“Kokoro kara suki” represents a bit of jazzy~pop for this time era and Miyazawa Rie’s vocals are quite solid and sweet although as aforementioned not remarkable and yet she surely is most capable of capturing the nuances and beauty of a song. This song was also the ending theme for the tv drama “Tokyo Elevator Girl.”
~Miyazawa Rie “Akai hana” mp3~
“Akai hana” is a heavily rooted folk~pop song.
~Miyazawa Rie “Koi ga meichuu” mp3~
And lastly “Koi ga meichuu” is pure pop melo~candy.
Now getting back to her photographic box set “Quelle Surprise”, I’ve chosen a few favorite pages to scan from the shashinshuu as well as including the video clip from the VHS. To my happy surprise the VHS here wasn’t macrovisioned so I was able to transfer it to DVD today and while you know VHS didn’t have the most enviable resolution I think it came out pretty well and also note that this very very old VHS from a previously owned box set plays perfectly without running lines or naughty break ups in video quality at any point which is really pretty remarkable especially for anything used with a high tendency to self~degrade over time.
~Miyazawa Rie “Quelle Surprise (making + credits)” video clip~
I’ve actually divided the approximately 20 minute video into two parts as ironically the ending/making of/credits portion is much more entertaining than the program itself xD..so here above is the making of/credits portion and although brief it’s really cute to see this candid side to Miyazawa Rie’s personality which so much defines her.
~Miyazawa Rie “Quelle Surprise” video clip~
~just a few favorite♥ “Quelle Surprise” scans~
Keep in mind that this pictorial is from an early age as Miyazawa Rie’s looks only grew in beauty in the years to follow during her vast modeling career….her gracefulness in self demeanor as well.
In a future installment of “Fuzzy Memories” I’d like to include her visit to the SMAP Bistro program which I’ll transfer to DVD as well, along with perhaps more photo book pictorials depending on the reaction this posting receives.