Denny Sinnoh's "Akihabara Starlight"

When I met her in that Ohio coffee shop, I kept telling myself “Denny, don’t stare  … don’t stare at her legs… don’t stare at her legs you idiot …”

Ohio!  Ha … “Ohio” that is how you say “good morning” in Japanese!

Ha … please don’t correct me, I know that the phrase is really “Ohayō” お早う or “Ohayōgozaimasu”.  I have become a big fan of Japanese singer Moritaka Chisato these past few months. Every morning I look forward to the perfect combination of 1) my morning mug of coffee 2) my iPhone on which I can watch YourTube videos, and 3) my headphones. It is the best time of the day, sitting there, having a good morning coffee … of course my life is complete shit at work, but at least I am happy for those 25 fleeting minutes. Ahem, I am particularly happy when listening to music videos from this wonderful artist.  All Japanese culture comes to me by starlight, and Moritaka Chisato is a good example. I first learned about her from another blogger’s post (MorningBerryz48). The original post is linked here. Moritanka Chisato had her first hits in the late 1980s and was popular through the 1990s. I guess you could call her stuff “nineties music” — but she recorded a variety of great music in many different genres. She was a little different from many pop/idol singers of the time because she wrote her own music and was an accomplished instrumentalist. Ohio! Lets us get to the videos!

The first song is 気分爽快 translated as “Refreshing Feelings”.  There are several different versions and live performances of the song on YT (check out the “drums” version linked here), but this particular MV is very intriguing. I would have to ask my friend Bob to identify the guitars which the guitarist plays here. Oddly, at one point in the video, he is playing a different one than moments before! Now I have watched this MV like the Zapruder film, detailing each moment. There is a “Mystery Woman” dressed in a green sweater-top. She never turns to face the camera, even during the big wide-shot group dance part. We … never… see… her… face. I was thinking that perhaps she is the Moritaka from the future, or perhaps visiting from another dimension … but then again I’m a nut.

Moritanka Chisato portrays a teacher in this next video “Song of Study” or “Study Song” depending on which order you read it. There are a lot different versions of this MV too, but I think that this one is the most endearing. Musically, it sounds like the mid-eighties. Somewhere between Cindy Lauper and DEVO.

Ms. Chisato plays a teacher. I have taken some notes: The superiority of the Japanese educational system is clearly on display here. Ms. Chisato is clearly better than any boring teacher I ever had. Who wants to listen to some dork lecture about rocks? I prefer Ms. Chisato’s suit. Oh, man in that tight suit, nice hose and pretty shoes — she reminds me of a young Mrs. Sinnoh. I like how at one point she gives a boy the choice between a comic book and a study guide, and he chooses the manga, much to her disappointment. After she teaches for a while she gives him the choice between the workbook and a Nintendo Gameboy, and he chooses the schoolbook! (Notice how much larger Gameboys were in Japan. Those things were HUGE!) I noticed that she gives pretty big tests. They are easy (look close) but they are really BIG tests. You will also notice that the school day goes by very fast with her. The hands on the classroom clock fly around very quickly. I sure would like to be this teacher’s pet : )

“They say that the big band sound is coming back!” (Sorry about that stupid comment. I have had to put up with that one half-my life.)  Now, if you have not exited my post yet, you are in for a treat. The next song is “So Blue”. Despite the big band, dance hall atmosphere, this song rocks out pretty hard.  I might even call it “progressive” rock, as it is so interesting and complex. Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir? Forget that, you will find a much better guitar/drum/strings arrangement from Chisato-san here. (Denny sups coffee.)

This next song is “August Love”. My comic-book reading otaku friends like Matthew and The Otaku Judge should recognize the lovely Moritaka is singing inside one of Superman’s fortresses. Now, this is not his Arctic isolated fortress. Instead Superman keeps Mori-chan forever young in this PACIFIC fortress. (It has a slightly different coloration.) Can you imagine the fun Superman has in that place, listening to Ms. Chisato – trapped in time — kept forever young, singing about August Love – with that facethat hair … and that red lipstick. (Denny gulps.)

Gentemen, hold on to your hearts, because if you have not fallen in love with Moritaka Chisato yet, you will succumb during this next beautiful song — “Watarase Bridge”. She was going for a Beatles “Let It Be” sound and video. Well, screw the Beatles. At least Chisato-san did not have to lie about who was playing the instruments. SHE IS!  Clearly one of her best songs, even my other Jpop hero Hanako Oku loves it. Psst: Watch for the “mystery woman” to walk through right at the end.

If you love Jpop, make sure that you add some Moritaka Chisato to your collection! Her official web links are here:

Official Website: http://www.moritaka-chisato.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chisatomoritaka
Twitter: http://twitter.com/moritakastaff
Google+: http://plus.google.com/u/0/108720770772129735479/posts
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/moritakachannel

She has a great volume of music and video to explore. She is older now, and not publishing as much as during her hey day in the 1990s. She is married to a nice guy and has two lovely children.

I have also started a Pinterest board for Moritaka Chisato linked hereThanks MB, for introducing me to another great artist, I might otherwise never would have known about.

Starlight: I discovered Moritaka Chisato on November 16, 2016 through MorningBerryz48’s blog. I can’t do justice to MB’s post. She has all this great album cover art, photos, live performances, songs lyrics, etc.

Wha … Why are you still here? go have  a look!

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Comments on: "Ohio coffee playlist with Moritaka Chisato" (5)

  1. You’re still staring! 🤣lol!

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  2. You never see her face? That reminds me of the anime series Bento. In that show there is a minor character whose face is always concealed, either by her hair or something getting in the way of the camera.

    If my teachers looked that good I would have studied more in school. Gameboys were pretty big so I am impressed at how they managed to not drain batteries dry.

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  3. bobgaydos said:

    Well Denny, you really sent me on a fact-finding mission today – love the Zapruder analogy!

    The guitar used during the very brief solo right in the middle of the song is a Rickenbacker 620, 660 or something in between. I know because I have a 620 in a MapleGlo finish – the guitarist’s is a FireGlo. With the “cresting wave” body shape, “R” tailpiece, compactness of the body and Rick-O-Sound stereo output, it is the Ric model I find most appealing. I am a little envious of his “toaster” pickups, as my Ric did not come with those and this is why I am not quite sure which 600-series model it is. The 660 has the toasters but also has an ugly angular utilitarian trapeze tailpiece instead of the R tailpiece, and mono ourput. See the cover of “Damn the Torpedoes” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for an example of a 660.

    The Greco 12-string which opens and closes the song is an RG 120, a very nice example of which can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLfD1XL6z38, conveniently presented in a certain Asian language which your readers will no doubt appreciate. There have been a number of companies knocking off copies of Rickenbackers and you can read all about it at http://www.guitarandbeyond.com/fackenbackers/. Something I find particularly interesting is the degree to which Greco copied the style of a Rickenbacker 330-12. Note the Rickenbacker-style typeface used on the truss rod cover: http://www.guitarandbeyond.com/newsite/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/greco-trussrod-cover.jpg. Instead of an “R” tailpiece, Greco stopped short of outright fraud and cast their tailpiece with an upside-down “G”‘; you can see this very clearly in the RG 120 YouTube video.

    This might be the first time I got all the way through one of these J-pop songs posted on your blog. I have to admit that I liked its bouncy quality, reminiscent of Belinda Carlisle or early Madonna, something from the “True Blue” album or earlier. The 12-string gives it a nice jangly ’60s sound, which takes us right back to the Zapruder Film: In 6 shaky frames, what appears to be the cast and crew of a J-pop video shoot can be seen just over the crest of the grassy knoll…

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    • I have just the pants to match that RG-120 in that video link you shared.
      It is a beautiful guitar.

      Oh, Damn — if only my fingers were not made of concrete : (

      Like

  4. Nice post! I should do something like this for some of the artists from days gone by I recently discovered!

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