|Born||January 30, 1958|
(2000 – present)
Sayuri Ishikawa (石川さゆり Ishikawa Sayuri?), (born January 30, 1958) is a Japanese enka singer. She is a popular contestant on the annual NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen broadcast, having appeared 36 times since 1977. Ishikawa made her name performing the classic "Tsugaru Kaikyo-Fuyugeshiki". She has released over 100 albums (including compilation albums[note 1]) and 115 singles, the latest single being "Anya no Shinju Date (暗夜の心中立て)" released on April 2, 2014. Her first single was "Kakurenbo" (かくれんぼ) released in 1973.
Ishikawa grew up during enka's heyday and used to go with her mother and grandmother to see Hibari Misora perform. “I loved singing,” she recalls. When she was 14, Ishikawa entered a singing contest, which she won. She finished her schooling but didn’t go to university, entering show business instead. Her biggest hit, "Tsugaru Kaikyō Fuyugeshiki", was released in 1977.
Major league baseball player Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners chose Sayuri Ishikawa's "Amagi-goe" as an AT-BAT MUSIC of 2008 with "Ishin Denshin" and "Royal Chocolate Flush" of Misia. She re-recorded this song with Marty Friedman for Ichiro.
NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen appearances
Ishikawa's first Kōhaku Uta Gassen appearance was in 1977, five years after her debut and following the hit of her signature song "Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki".
|Year/Kōhaku #||#||Song[note 2]||Appearance Order[note 3]||Opposite[note 4]||Notes[note 5]|
|1977/28th||1||Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki (津軽海峡・冬景色)||19/24||Akira Kobayashi (小林旭)|
|1978/29th||2||Hino Kuni he (火の国へ)||3/24||Kariudo (狩人)|
|1979/30th||3||Inochi Moyashite (命燃やして)||19/23||Hiroshi Uchiyamada and Cool Five (内山田洋とクール・ファイブ)|
|1980/31st||4||Kamome to Iu Na no Sakaba (鴎という名の酒場)||17/23||Takashi Hosokawa (細川たかし)|
|1981/32nd||5||Namida no Yado (なみだの宿)||17/22||Goro Noguchi (野口五郎)|
|1982/33rd||6||Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki (津軽海峡・冬景色) (2)||19/22||Hideo Murata (村田英雄)|
|1983/34th||–||Guest appearance only||–||-||[note 6]|
|1984/35th||7||Tokyo Meguri-Ai (東京めぐり愛)||14/20||Gannosuke Ashiya (芦屋雁之助)|
|1985/36th||8||Hatoba Shigure (波止場しぐれ)||18/20||Hideo Murata (村田英雄) (2)|
|1986/37th||9||Amagi-goe (天城越え)||20/20||Shinichi Mori (森進一)||Ultimate (1)|
|1987/38th||10||Meoto Zenzai (夫婦善哉)||18/20||Saburo Kitajima (北島三郎)|
|1988/39th||11||Taki no Shiraito (滝の白糸)||19/21||Hiroshi Itsuki (五木ひろし)|
|1989/40th||12||Kaze no Bon Koiuta (風の盆恋歌)||20/20||Saburo Kitajima (北島三郎) (2)||Grand Ultimate[note 7] (2)|
|1990/41st||13||Utakata (うたかた)||28/29||Shinji Tanimura (谷村新司)||Penultimate (1)|
|1991/42nd||14||Minato Uta (港唄)||27/28||Saburo Kitajima (北島三郎) (3)||Penultimate (2)|
|1992/43rd||15||Hotel Minato-ya (ホテル港や)||26/28||Takashi Hosokawa (細川たかし) (2)|
|1993/44th||16||Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki (津軽海峡・冬景色) (3)||26/26||Saburo Kitajima (北島三郎) (4)||Ultimate (3)|
|1994/45th||17||Kiga Kaikyo (飢餓海峡)||24/25||Saburo Kitajima (北島三郎) (5)||Penultimate (3)|
|1995/46th||18||Kita no Nyobo (北の女房)||23/25||Saburo Kitajima (北島三郎) (6)|
|1996/47th||19||Showa Yume-Tsubame (昭和夢つばめ)||23/25||Takashi Hosokawa (細川たかし) (3)|
|1997/48th||20||Amagi-goe (天城越え) (2)||23/25||Shinichi Mori (森進一) (2)|
|1998/49th||21||Kaze no Bon Koiuta (風の盆恋歌) (2)||21/25||Takashi Hosokawa (細川たかし) (4)|
|1999/50th||22||Amagi-goe (天城越え) (3)||25/27||Shinji Tanimura (谷村新司) (2)|
|2000/51st||23||Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki (津軽海峡・冬景色) (4)||25/28||Takashi Hosokawa (細川たかし) (5)|
|2001/52nd||24||Namida Tsuzuri (涙つづり)||24/27||Takao Horiuchi (堀内孝雄)|
|2002/53rd||25||Amagi-goe (天城越え) (4)||27/27||Hiroshi Itsuki (五木ひろし) (2)||Ultimate (4)|
|2003/54th||26||Noto Hanto (能登半島)||28/30||Saburo Kitajima (北島三郎) (7)|
|2004/55th||27||Ichiyo Koiuta (一葉恋歌)||26/28||Kiyoshi Hikawa (氷川きよし)|
|2005/56th||28||Amagi-goe (天城越え) (5)||22/29||Porno Graffitti (ポルノグラフィティ)|
|2006/57th||29||Meoto Zenzai (夫婦善哉) (2)||14/27||Shinichi Mori (森進一) (3)||First half ultimate[note 8]|
|2007/58th||30||Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki (津軽海峡・冬景色) (5)||27/27||Hiroshi Itsuki (五木ひろし) (3)||Ultimate (5)|
|2008/59th||31||Amagi-goe (天城越え) (6)||24/26||SMAP (SMAP)|
|2009/60th||32||Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki (津軽海峡・冬景色) (6)||23/25||Kiyoshi Hikawa (氷川きよし) (2)|
|2010/61st||33||Amagi-goe (天城越え) (7)||20/22||Saburo Kitajima (北島三郎) (8)|
|2011/62nd||34||Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki (津軽海峡・冬景色) (7)||25/25||SMAP(2)||Ultimate (6)|
|2012/63rd||35||Amagi-goe (天城越え) (8)||24/25||Saburo Kitajima (北島三郎) (9)||Penultimate (4)|
|2013/64th||36||Tsugaru Kaikyo Fuyu-geshiki (津軽海峡・冬景色) (8)||21/26||Akihiro Miwa (美輪明宏) (1)|
- Ishikawa's official website lists only her Teichiku albums.
- ( ) shows times Ishikawa sung the same song at Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
- Shows Ishikawa's "appearance order/all contestants" at each Kōhaku Uta Gassen.
- ( ) shows times Ishikawa sung opposite the same singer.
- ( ) shows times Ishikawa sung the position (appearance order). Ultimate (last singer of the team, Tori トリ) or penultimate (penultimate singer of the team, Tori-mae トリ前) positions are reserved for established singers.
- Ishikawa was on maternity leave and was excused from appearing as a contestant.
- "Grand Ultimate (Ōtori, 大トリ)" means Ishikawa sung after the ultimate singer of the opposite "Shiro-gumi (White team)" and was the last singer of all contestants.
- "First half ultimate" means Ishikawa was the last singer of the first half of the show, immediately before the half-time NHK News break.
- Martin, Alex. "'Enka' still strikes nostalgic nerve". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
- Betros, Chris (2007-07-27). "Sayuri Ishikawa keeps enka alive". Japan Today. Retrieved 2008-11-30.