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Osaka, Japan

Yumi Kimura (木村 弓) is a Japanese singer and lyre performer. She was born in Osaka, Japan, and became famous in 2001 for her song “Always With Me” (いつも何度でも, Itsumo Nando Demo), which served as the closing theme to the popular 2001 anime film “Spirited Away” by Hayao Miyazaki.

Kimura and Miyazaki had great admiration for each other’s works. She was so moved by his 1997 film Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime, もののけ姫, in Japan), that she wrote a letter to him, enclosed with a copy of her album. Miyazaki wrote her back and mentioned to her about a film he was currently working on titled “Rin the Chimney Cleaner” (煙突描きのリン, Entotsu-kaki no Rin). Hoping Miyazaki would use her material on this film, Kimura, with her lyricist Wakako Kaku (覚 和歌子), wrote a new song titled “Itsumo Nando Demo” (Always With Me). Miyazaki did like the song, and intended to use it, but the Rin project was eventually scrapped.

Later, Miyazaki started working on his next film “Spirited Away”, and listened to the song again. Throughout the entire production, he would listen to it obsessively. He would later realize that Kimura’s song about finding inner peace meshed perfectly with his coming of age story of a girl who finds her inner strength.

Kimura worked with Miyazaki on “Howl’s Moving Castle”, providing a song for it.

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  • realvinter

    After hearing the ending credits on Spirited Away, I went to the trouble of importing one of her albums... expensive it was too! But totally worth it.

    20 Jan 10:59am Reply
  • EricValeev

    Inochi no namae

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • ecank

    how can i find her albums?

    6 Oct 2011 Reply
  • petermushroom

    her voice is my lullaby

    31 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Tamahone

    Amazing.

    22 Jan 2011 Reply
  • azizekiki

    いつも何度でも, great song, great voice, like a fairy ballad

    18 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Sitorimon

    I've been fortunate enough to buy her full length albums and there are some excellent songs on them. A few songs sound the same but some are priceless - particularly the "Sora Mo Umi Mo Kaze Mo" album.

    12 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Notsewobvious

    A truly beautiful song, see the lyrics here: http://www.nausicaa.net/miyazaki/sen/song.html

    28 Mar 2008 Reply
  • rodzyneek

    Always With Me is just stunning. absolutely beautiful, so touching and emotional. it nearly makes me cry, although I don't understand Japanese.

    7 Jan 2008 Reply
  • TYPE-MOON

    I love いのちの名前 more than いつも何度でも. *_*

    6 Nov 2007 Reply
  • IuriMoreira

    Spirited Away end theme is one of the most beautiful song that i've listen to...

    10 Oct 2007 Reply
  • AlexandreJerome

    命の名前 is such a beautiful song! If I hadn't mispelled her name it would certainly be high on that list.

    6 Feb 2007 Reply

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