Bin Uehara

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Bin Uehara
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Background information
Birth name Rikiji Matsumoto
Born (1908-08-26)August 26, 1908
Akita Prefecture, Japan
Died July 29, 1944(1944-07-29) (aged 35)
New Guinea
Genres Ryūkōka
Occupations Singer
Years active 1936–1943

Bin Uehara (上原 敏 Uehara Bin?, August 26, 1908 – July 29, 1944) was a Japanese popular music (ryūkōka) singer and soldier. He was known for using naniwa-bushi's kobushi vocalism in Japanese popular music. He was killed in action during the eastern New Guinea campaign during the Pacific War.[1][2]

Life[edit]

Uehara was born as Rikiji Matsumoto in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan.[2] He graduated from Senshu University, and made his professional debut with the song "Tsukimi Odori" (月見踊り lit. "Moon-viewing Dance"?) under the Japanese division of Polydor Records in 1936.[2] His famous songs included the 1937 song "Ruten" (流転 lit. "Stream-rolling"?). His vocal style, called kobushi, became popular as the more emphatic form among modern enka singers.[3]

Uehara became a soldier in 1943, went to New Guinea, and was killed in battle on July 29, 1944.[4]

Legacy[edit]

In 1976, a monument honoring him was established in his home city of Ōdate.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • Tsumagoi Dōchū (妻恋道中 In the Way of Wife-love?) : 1937
  • Ruten (流転 Stream-rolling?) : 1937
  • Shanghai Dayori (上海だより Shanghai Letter?) : 1938
  • Iroha Jingi (いろは仁義 Iroha Benevolence And Righteousness?) : 1938
  • Nankin Dayori (南京だより Nanjing Letter?) : 1938
  • Hokuman Dayori (北満だより North Manchu Letter?) : 1938
  • Butaichō to Heitai (部隊長と兵隊 Unit Commander and Soldier?) : 1938 with Taro Shoji
  • Ore wa Funanori (俺は船乗り I am a Sailor?) : 1939
  • Otoko Funanori (男船乗り Male Sailor?) : 1939
  • Butsuin Dayori (佛印だより French Indochina Letter?) : 1941

References[edit]

  1. ^ (Japanese) "名歌手たち、それぞれの終戦". JANJAN. 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  2. ^ a b c "上原敏" [Uehara Bin]. Nihon Jinmei Daijiten (日本人名大辞典) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  3. ^ (Japanese) "Special 2. Japanese popular music (4)". Toshiba. November 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  4. ^ (Japanese) "Bin Uehara". Ōdate City. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  5. ^ (Japanese) "ジャングルの鎮魂歌 ~上原敏と戦後~". Fuji Television. 2000-09-18. Retrieved 2009-05-30.