Here's the episode of Jounetsu Tairiku with the famous singer/actress Imai Miki. She is married to Hotei Tomoyasu, who was in the previous episode that I translated. He has a much larger role in this one than Miki did in Hotei's video as he appears quite a bit in the last half.
This video made me respect the two even further, and you can tell that they trust each other strongly and are very happy to have each other. Enjoy!
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I really want an album or some collection of her singing with the piano now.....I really like music like that and she did it very nicely in the video.
They were saying how Miki admired the music of 'Yumin' during her teens. Yumin is the nickname for Matsutoya Yumi (also known as Arai Yumi early on in her career). She's an extremely influential singer, composer, lyricist etc etc, and is one of the most respected people in Japanese music. Her song called 'Haru yo Koi' (Come Spring), is (or was) taught in school textbooks for the Japanese language. She's got a distinct voice that might take a little while to get used to but her composing skills are excellent. Although most of her music is 80's style (which I personally don't like...) if you get the time you might want to check her out. I'll just leave a couple of songs here though.
Haru Yo, Koi 春よ、来い
Eng: Come, Spring
Yasashisa ni Tsutsumaretara やさしさに包まれたなら
Eng: If You're Surrounded By Kindness
You may have recognised it as the ending for Kiki's Delivery Service. Well I don't know if it's the same for the dubbed version but this is it for the Japanese one. She also has done the song that plays on the portable radio as Kiki is searching for a town to live in. That one's called "Rouge no Dengon" (A Rouge Message).