~ 「TGIF!」Idol♥’s unzipped on way back Fridays (Volume 64)

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Happy Aloha~♥ Friday!!

The past work week’s been pretty exhausting (゜ロ゜ノ)ノ!! (an understatement!) and I’ve had so little time for the internet as outside of work and daily errands most of my ‘free’ time’s been dedicated to that wonderful time known as sleep!!! ( 」´0`)」Zzzzzzzz Not much else has changed here as it’s still very warm/hot and even at nighttime which means fans..fans…fans running all night (-∀-`)。

Miura Rieko 1997 calendar (1)

While I had originally planned to include Miura Rieko’s calendar with a hopefully sometime upcoming CoCo post (which remains half done), today I decided not to wait that long so here tonight we’ll be taking a look back at her calendar from way back in 1997.

All Japanese wall hanging calendars back then and up to just recently were bonded together atop by a single metal clasp, today’s wall calendars are now opting for an all paper top binding which is also now perforated making removal of each page most convenient. In the past one would either choose to simply fold each calendar page over creasing them atop to reveal the next pair of months as the year went by or you could also have chosen to cut them across the top severing them permanently from the top metal clasp and as always with the designed nature of Japanese idol wall calendars they really make for some of the very best posters when the year is done as the calendar (months/days) portion has always been relatively most tiny making each page’s image the prime real estate owner~.

Miura Rieko had been a member of the idol group CoCo and by the year 1997 they had been disbanded for nearly two and a half years which is a testament to her popularity as she still commanded a solo idol calendar even then. This calendar makes for one of my most treasured idol collectibles as both CoCo and Miura Rieko were two of my earliest idol loves dating back to those days, and here she was photographed most gorgeously in a both glamorous and sexy image, just simply one of the prettiest idol calendars ever I think =).

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Miura Rieko 1997 calendar (2)

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Miura Rieko 1997 calendar (5)

Miura Rieko 1997 calendar (6)

Miura Rieko 1997 calendar (7)


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11 Responses to ~ 「TGIF!」Idol♥’s unzipped on way back Fridays (Volume 64)

  1. philipleslie says:

    Great to see these. Thank you. She’s so elegant here. I can’t imagine anyone ringing a date on this or any idol calendar and writing ‘Dental check-up’ or any of the things that go on regular calendars. I suppose you’d have a second ordinary calendar for scribbling appointments on. Did Ribbon have their own calendars? And Wink? I’m sure they must have done.


    • So true! Would never think to write upon any of these xD. These were just such gorgeous shots of Miura Rieko, some of her best I think which rivals any of her photo books. You know I’ve not seen any by Ribbon and neither Wink but I’d have to think that they too had calendars made back then as they were very popular along with CoCo in those days and yet I’ve never seen one before anywhere. Somewhere a wota has a Ribbon calendar….just gotta believe it.

      While going through some storage I also had forgotten about so many other calendars from back then…like even Ayaya had a solo calendar too which I’ve not looked at in what seems like ages.


      • philipleslie says:

        I bet the CoCo calendars are incredible, as the promotional photos are always so cute….Were there any CoCo photobooks, by the way, with all 5 (or 4) members together? Back in the early 80s there was a popular British act called The Nolans who covered some Wink songs. And Wink covered the Nolans too. I’m not sure how that connection came about. For my homework, I’ll check the record labels: they might be the same.


        • I really need to complete the CoCo post for here xD….CoCo did release quite a few photo books as a group, over the years I’ve been able to collect these:

          Every member also has solo photo books too, those I have collected the complete collection for everyone….I’ve already scanned each and every photo book…now just need to put it all together =). Have not heard of the Nolans before, Wink was really popular as they’ve had so many releases!! The book on the bottom right we’d refer to as the CoCo ‘bible’ as it includes just about everything about them..even the setlists for every concert they performed!…just everything from their very beginnings to their very last press conference where their break up was announced =(.


          • philipleslie says:

            Love that photo! The photo books look wonderful. You are so fortunate to have them, and in such good condition.
            The Nolans had a wide appeal, but weren’t seen as cool: they were around at the same time as the neo-romantics and the electronic scene. I suppose there are listeners nowadays who would regard MoMusu and AKB, even though they sell so many CDs, as uncool compared to indie (Western-sounding) rock groups (and there are many of those). Would you say this is true?


            • The timing was lucky as CoCo had just broken up so a few of their books were actually still available through the publishers although their very early photo books were already out of print. I was able to find a couple of CoCo’s group photo books as well as Rieko’s first and second photo books at one of our local used Japanese book stores and remarkably they were all in such pristine condition…just thinking that Japanese collectors do indeed take good care of their collectibles. I think that perception may be much more seen in Japan’s culture although I wouldn’t think it to be too wide spread but just as here in the U.S. in the past while the rock scene was on top it was indeed uncool to be listening to glam rock and so you would have these cliques all around thinking each was cooler =P. I think Momusu’s appeal (especially when they were in their golden years at around their “Love Machine” era) and AKB48’s widespread appeal trumps most of those sentiments though although I’m sure they no doubt exist in their peers in music. One thing though about the Japanese culture is that being respectful goes beyond what most other cultures believe and live by as one’s personal likes, appearance and their very being aren’t issues so much as elsewhere, and likewise the idealism of cool isn’t so much in the eye of the beholder as much as it’s a uniqueness/ indifference which is one’s personal expression as others are brought up to be respectful/ appreciative of. Now going outside of Japan of course it’s very much a cool/uncool status to have…like if one were to be listening to an idol J-pop group they’d often times receive a confused reaction from even their friends. In the past I’ve heard from and spoken to J-pop fans here in the U.S. on our mainland and in all of their accounts they had a difficult time sharing their music and idols with even friends as it’s not something easily accepted here…which for a lot of the time keeps these fandoms to themselves as there can be so much apprehensive feelings just thinking about trying to introduce idol music to others whom aren’t already into the culture. I’ve heard so many people say things like that in the past.


              • philipleslie says:

                That’s really interesting, about the cultural differences. Aki-P has said that even though he’d like to extend the AKB franchise to America, American culture isn’t yet ready to understand it, even though there’s a sizeable Japanese population there. An idol group would certainly never work in the UK. For one thing the media can be intensely cruel here and would spend all its time trying to photograph the performers with boyfriends, alcohol or cigarettes and the whole musical side would be lost. I shudder at the thought of what it would descend into! I should think idol groups would have a rough time in America too….As for cool/uncool, people do love to be part of some musical trend, but it really limits what you can and can’t listen to.(It even happens in the world of classical music, too. In the middle of the century composers were ‘in’ or ‘out’ depending on which musical technique they were using. It resulted in many composers losing out on commissions and airplay simply because they were seen as dinosaurs for not using the latest techniques.) I think you’re the same as me: listen to as much as you can of everything! There’s nothing more thrilling then finding a new singer or band and searching out their back catalogue.


                • That’s so true and his perspective of where America is as far as the idol scene and culture is right on, as although the fan base has been ever growing the overall social climate of the U.S. wouldn’t necessarily make for a readily seamless transition into idol life. That’s a great point, I would fear that that same very aspect of the paparazzi would rear its ugly head here before too long…here we have a program called TMZ who’s aim is just what you speak of, making ‘entertainment’ out of celebrities off moments and private lives, it can be unsettling at times =/. That’s so interesting with the classical world deriving such an analogy, I would have never guessed such a culture could exist in classical music =O…=(. U~n definitely words to live by….there’s just so much unknown out there that one can learn about and discover each and every day and to be open minded allows one to learn and grow so much versus being so tunnel visioned and closed off to the unknowns. Variety is definitely the spice ~* of life♥!!!


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