Name Fuyumi Sakamoto
Years active 1987–present
|Labels EMI Music Japan|
Music group H.I.S.
Genres Enka, Rock music
|Born March 30, 1967 (age 48) (1967-03-30) |
Origin Kamitonda, Nishimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
Associated acts Haruomi Hosono, Kiyoshiro Imawano
Albums Love Songs: Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru
Awards Japan Record Award for Excellent Work
Similar People Ayako Fuji, Natsuko Godai, Sayuri Ishikawa, Kaori Kozai, Kaori Mizumori
坂本冬美 (Fuyumi Sakamoto)
On March 4, 1987, Sakamoto debuted as a recording singer with the single "Abare Daiko". In 1988, she took part in the 39th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen (New Year's Eve "song battle") for the first time. As of 2009, she has taken part 21 times.
Sakamoto was also a vocalist of rock band HIS with bassist Haruomi Hosono and guitarist Kiyoshiro Imawano, though Imawano died in 2009. The band's name is an acronym coming from their names Hosono, Imawano and Sakamoto. The band released their album Nippon no Hito (日本の人, Japanese People) on July 19, 1991.
In the 1993 Kōhaku Uta Gassen, she played Sailor Mercury with Hiroko Moriguchi as Sailor Moon and Hikaru Nishida as Sailor Mars. "Yozakura Oshichi" (1994) is one of her most famous songs. Although her songs are not usually popular with young people, this was the exception.
On January 7, 2009, Sakamoto released the double A-side single "Asia no Kaizoku/Mata Kimi ni Koi Shiteru" (アジアの海賊／また君に恋してる, Ajia no Kaizoku/Mata Kimi ni Koi Shiteru, "Asian Pirates/I'm Falling In Love With You Again"). The single debuted at No. 13 on the Japanese Oricon weekly charts. "Mata Kimi ni Koi Shiteru" was her cover version of Billy BanBan's song. The double A-side single "Asia no Kaizoku/Mata Kimi ni Koi Shiteru" peaked at number three on the Oricon Weekly Charts, becoming her biggest hit in Japan.
The song "Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru" (また君に恋してる, I'm Falling in Love with You Again) rose to the number-one spot on the RIAJ Digital Track Chart between March 31 and April 6, 2010. On July 13, 2010, Sakamoto's album Love Songs: Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru (Love Songs〜また君に恋してる〜, Love Songs: I'm Falling in Love with You Again) has sold a total of 202,000 copies since its release in October 2009, making her the first female enka singer to have an album reach 200,000 in sales since Teresa Teng in 1989.
On September 14, 2011, "Okaeri ga Omamori (Welcome back is my charm) "the song about her love for Wakayama (her home town) was released.
Japan Record Awards
The Japan Record Awards is a major music awards show held annually in Japan by the Japan Composer's Association.