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Site update: Ozaki50

Finally, two new lyrics translations (and yes, they are as wonky as ever… sorry):

LIFE and TREES LINING A STREET – Gairoju.

Today Yutaka Ozaki would be 50. I’m sure some of you have wondered what he might think of this world – of his graying Japan, of the lies and the mad machinations that are bringing us closer to another world war– and of all of us, solitary aliens mesmerized by glowing touchscreens. I don’t know what he might think of all this, but I miss terribly the songs he didn’t write.

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Pictured above, his son Hiroya Ozaki (26) and Akira Sudo, the producer who discovered Yutaka in 1982. They both took part in a special aired last night on TBS radio: “Ozaki Yutaka Tanjo 50nen – Tokubetsu bangumi BIRTH”.

Last month Hiroya performed in a live concert in Osaka which officially marked his debut into the music world! For the first time he sang his original songs, among which are “Moon Light” and “Just Stop For”. If you can read Japanese, there’s already a Facebook page dedicated to him.

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23rd Anniversary Special

A few hours ago FUJI TV‘s satellite channel aired a special documentary titled The Million Seller – Ozaki Yutaka “Junanasai no chizu”. The show focused on the making of this iconic debut album and featured an interview with Yutaka’s 26 years old son, Hiroya*, and the album producer Akira Sudo. Let’s hope the video will become available online soon! In the meantime, here’s a lovely still from the show:

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(During the past two years, Hiroya Ozaki has hosted Between the Lines, a show on InterFM – one of the top radio stations in Tokyo – for which he started working in 2010. The spoken segments of Between the Lines are still available for streaming on Soundcloud. )

On a side note, pre-orders are already open for OZAKI-50, a limited box set to be released by Sony Music Shop Japan for the 50th anniversary of Yutaka’s birth. The set will include a photo album, a CD with live interviews recorded in 1984/85, original prints, and a ‘treasure book’ featuring replicas of handwritten notes, letters and concert tickets. OZAKI-50 will be exclusively available through pre-order on the official page.