Izumi Yukimura

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Yukimura Izumi
雪村 いづみ
Portrait of the singer Izumi Yukimura (1950s)
Portrait of the singer Izumi Yukimura (1950s)
Background information
Birth nameTomoko Asahina
Born (1937-03-20) March 20, 1937 (age 87)
Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
GenresJazz, rock and roll, pop
Years active1953–present

Izumi Yukimura (雪村 いづみ, Yukimura Izumi, born March 20, 1937) is a Japanese popular singer and actress.

Yukimura made her debut with the song "Omoide no Warutsu" (想い出のワルツ, "Till I Waltz Again with You") in 1953. Her style of singing varied from jazz to rock and roll. She became one of the three most popular female singers in the early postwar Japan, along with Chiemi Eri and Hibari Misora.[1]

On her 1974 album Super Generation, she sang Ryoichi Hattori's songs along with four popular musicians: Masataka Matsutoya, Shigeru Suzuki, Tatsuo Hayashi and Haruomi Hosono.[2]

Eri, who died in 1982, and Misora, who died in 1989, also recorded songs with Yukimura as a group in the 1950s, but those recordings had not been released for about 50 years because they each belonged to separate record labels. In 2004, their album including those songs was finally released for the first time.[3]



  1. ^ "Hara, 82, to hang up saxophone". The Japan Times. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  2. ^ "Super Generation" (in Japanese). Columbia Music Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  3. ^ 三人娘 半世紀ぶりにCDで集結 (in Japanese). Sports Nippon. 2004-06-23. Archived from the original on 2004-06-26. Retrieved 2009-02-11.

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