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  • Album: (Triple CD above) Columbia COCA-70007/70008/70009, Title: "Vol. 3, 1967-1989", 50 songs, 1998, Y5250

    Hibari Misora is probably the most famous Enka performer to have ever lived. She began singing as a Kyoto teenager, in the 50's, and continued right up to her sudden death in 1989. She was only 52. She is often thought of as having comforted Japan through the difficult recovery from the devastation of the war years. Her life has become a subject of popular legend. There was a museum in Kyoto which honored her, with millions of visitors, until it closed recently.
    This is one of a set of 3 triple albums containing every one of her songs, in the order they were released as singles. There is so much variety in this album, I can't rate it. The songs range from uninteresting to some of the best songs I've ever heard. The sample is her "theme" song, "Kawa no nagare no you ni" which means "Flow on Like a River" and is a haunting anthem. Her name appears to mean "Skylark [in the] Beautiful Sky".
    Which brings up a point. If her name were spoken in Japanese, you would say "Misora Hibari" instead of "Hibari Misora" since the order of family/personal names is reversed in Japanese. However, a performance name might not obey such rules. Searching on Google, the number of hits on "Misora Hibari" is over twice as many as for "Hibari Misora". That implies that people who are writing in Romanic languages are using the Japanese name order. Still, I decided on putting her page in English here as if it obeyed conventional rules.

    An early black and white film.

       She was quite a child star. Here is a clip of her in a film from about 1951 or 1952, performing a song called "Tokyo Kid".

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    Hello Barbara! The PAG. about Misora Hibari is amazing. I have a question for you. Im making a short movie in Japan-Hamamatsu. It is School project. I have alread the Brazil Consuate aproved. It is about Japanese immigration to Brasil. I will in love to use the principal music for this movie, KAWA NO AGARE - Misora Hibari. My studant wil record it. Do you know it is free to use, or how can I contat about "Copyright". Thankyou for your attention, Kristie Miyamoto
    From Kristie Miyamoto, location Japan, date Monday, June 18, 2007 at 23:10:36

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