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Tokyo, Japan (1972 – present)

Yumi Matsutōya (松任谷由実, born January 19, 1954) is a Japanese singer-songwriter. She was born in Hachioji, Tokyo. Her nickname is Yuming, which she received at the age of 13 from a Chinese artist, who inspired her to take on a career in music. Her first 4 albums are released under her maiden name, Yumi Arai (荒井由実).

In 1972, she released her debut single Henji wa Iranai (返事はいらない, “No Response Necessary”). The next year she released her first album Hikoki-gumo (ひこうき雲, “Contrail”).

In 1976, at the age of 22, she married her producer, Masataka Matsutoya (松任谷正隆), and from then on she went by her new name Yumi Matsutoya. In 1990, she received a gold disc grand prix. She also made appearances in many television commercials. Fans take note of her singing talent as well as her unique singing voice.

She became famous for many songs, including Hikoki-gumo and Haru yo, Koi (春よ、来い, 1994, “Spring, Come”) which was used as the opening theme song for a TV drama by the same name. Her song Rouge no Den’gon (ルージュの伝言, “Rouge Message”) is featured in the anime film Kiki’s Delivery Service from the famed Studio Ghibli.

As reported on various websites, Yuming also writes songs for other singers, using the pen name Kureta Karuho.


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  • jakobdorof

    "二人のパイレーツ(アルバム・ヴァージョン)" is a lot of what i want right now

    13 Apr 1:02pm Reply
  • aacaarya

    Великая женщина! Обожаю все ее альбомы. Как жаль, что все мы стареем...

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • AGRESSOR_rus

    I really adore the music, but sometimes vocals feel forced and out-of-place...that happens rarely though.

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Ferdokki

    Her music is in "The Wind Rises"? Woooow!!! \\(*o*)/

    6 May 2014 Reply
  • tguh

    The Wind Rises :')

    13 Mar 2014 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    anyone have any links? ;-*

    19 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Sapphism

    please vote

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • masa214s!/masahide.shigeta.1?__user=100004641731467

    16 May 2013 Reply
  • ki-duk

    I adore her. I reallyyyyyyyyyyy do

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Ranunculus

    Her songs are just the kind of pop music I've searching for years.

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
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    29 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Maebara_san

    I really LOVE her!!! Her voice, her songs is incredible!! =)

    24 Jan 2012 Reply
  • MuffinCoffin

    I can't really get into her later albums either because of the production. It just all sounds kind of dull and nothing that special if compared to her early works. I'm also a bit surprised how extravagant her live shows are since I never pictured her as this kind of show diva which is the image I get from these performances. Oh well, at least the audience is entertained. :D

    10 Dec 2011 Reply
  • djgizmoe

    I have always loved her voice and many of her melodies, but she is way too overproduced for my tastes. I really think she should have taken a page from the Akiko Yano playbook and stuck to classier, simpler arrangements.

    21 Nov 2011 Reply
  • shohjotai-phoon

    Road Show,そしてもう一度夢見るだろう,VIVA!6×7が最近の名盤。

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • doramielectric

    Cobalt Hour has such an amazing bass line and the solo part added to that makes it even more awesome. <3 [2]

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • MuffinCoffin

    Cobalt Hour has such an amazing bass line and the solo part added to that makes it even more awesome. <3

    21 May 2011 Reply
  • MuffinCoffin

    the opening to 魔法の鏡 reminds me of old 8-bit NES games. Love it! XD

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • deadgrandma

    New album is great

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • HaneumaRider

    why is she so awesome?

    3 Apr 2011 Reply
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