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Holly Jolly X'masu

Mar 29, 2023

Welcome to episode 77 of Holly Jolly X'masu! In this episode, I’ll be talking about Mieko Hirota’s Christmas music.

Mieko Hirota – Miko’s Jingle Bells – 1962

One of the most fascinating things about collecting Japanese records has been discovering these phenomenal singers and musicians I’d had no knowledge of before. Mieko Hirota was an amazingly talented performer, and while she’d had some exposure in the US, I’d never heard her name until three years ago.

Mieko Hirota – Christmas – 1964

As much as I’ve enjoyed the Christmas aspect of my collection, I’ve gotten just as much pleasure exploring other aspects of these artists’ careers. If not my podcast, I likely wouldn’t have been exposed to a lot of the City Pop, Jazz and other great Japanese music I’ve found myself listening to over the past few years.

Mieko Hirota – White Christmas – 1965

Mieko Hirota has been one of the real highlights. She recorded some of the best vocal Japanese Christmas music of the 1960s, and the rest of the songs I’ve heard from her were equally as good.

Mieko Hirota – I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter – 1963

I hope you enjoyed Mieko Hirota as much as I have. She left an indelible mark on the Japanese music industry, and now that I have a little more experiencing collecting, I can see why her Christmas releases demand the prices they do. I’ve mentioned that I’ve fallen behind over the past month or so. I’m hoping to get back on track in April, starting with my next episode which will go live on the 1st. It’s one that needs to be heard to be believed.

As always, any feedback on this episode would be appreciated. If have any suggestions, or if you’d like to recommend a song or album for a future episode, drop me a line and let me know.

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