Akiko Futaba

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Akiko Futaba
Akiko Futaba in 1930
Background information
Birth name Yoshie Kato
Born (1915-02-02)February 2, 1915
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Died August 16, 2011(2011-08-16) (aged 96)
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
Genres Ryūkōka
Occupation(s) Singer
Years active 1936–2003
Labels Columbia Music Entertainment

Akiko Futaba (二葉 あき子 Futaba Akiko?, born Yoshie Kato (加藤 芳江); February 2, 1915 – August 16, 2011) was a Japanese popular music (ryūkōka) singer. At of the end of World War II, she was one of the most popular female singers in Japan, competing with Hamako Watanabe and Noriko Awaya.[1] In addition, she took part in the Kōhaku Uta Gassen, one of Japan's most famous annual musical television shows, ten times.[2]


She was born in the city of Hiroshima, and raised in Miyoshi city, Hiroshima Prefecture.[3] She graduated from the Tokyo Music School. Impressed by Takeo Masunaga (also known as Ichiro Fujiyama) at a performance held by the music school, she debuted in 1936. Her famous song "Furuki Hanazono" (古き花園 lit. "Old Flower Garden"?) was released in 1939. On August 6, 1945, she narrowly avoided the atomic bombing of Hiroshima because she was riding a train traveling through a tunnel at the time of the explosion.[1]

She ceased activity as a singer in 2003, and retired in Hiroshima Prefecture. She died in Hiroshima on 16 August 2011.[4]


  • Ano Yume Kono Yume (あの夢この夢 That Dream, This Dream?) : 1936
  • Otome Jūku (乙女十九 Girl at the Age of 19?) : 1937
  • Furuki Hanazono (古き花園 Old Flower Garden?) : 1939
  • Ano Hana Kono Hana (あの花この花 That Flower, This Flower?) : 1940
  • Wakarete mo (別れても Even If We're Apart?) : 1946
  • Otome Gokoro wa (乙女心は A Girl's Heart Is?) : 1946
  • Francesca no Kane (フランチェスカの鐘 The Bells of Francesca?) : 1948
  • Yume yo Mō Ichido (夢よもういちど Once Again, Dream?) : 1949
  • Hoshi no Tameiki (星のためいき Star's Sigh?) : 1950


  1. ^ a b Kikuchi, Kiyomaro (2006-08-24). 古き花園のブルースを歌う・二葉あき子 (in Japanese). JANJAN. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  2. ^ "10th Kōhaku Uta Gassen" (in Japanese). Nikkan Sports. Archived from the original on 25 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Izumo Road and Funo Juku (post town)". Hiroshima Prefecture. Retrieved 2009-04-24. 
  4. ^ Akiko Futaba

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