50円 Prayer

I think this is a serious case of "making a mountain out of a molehill". Still, it is Akina related and I seriously question the validity of the report unless I see actual photos. Where are the paparazzi when you need them? ;-P

中森明菜ヒット祈願「演歌を聴いて」

6月26日13時55分配信 スポーツ報知

 歌手の中森明菜(41)が26日、東京・元赤坂の豊川稲荷で演歌カバーアルバム「艶華」(27日発売)のヒット祈願を行った。

 デビュー26年目でヒット祈願は初めて。芸能の神様である同稲荷の本殿で祈祷を受け、「ご縁を十分に」と50円をさい銭箱へ。「お坊さんがりりしく、お経がかっこよかった」。

 石川さゆり「天城越え」、坂本冬美「夜桜お七」などに挑戦し「こぶしが回せないので最初は頭を抱えましたが、素晴らしいチャレンジになった。新ジャンルに生まれ変わった演歌を聴いて欲しい」と話していた。

The report basically says that Akina is praying for a hit with her new Enka cover at this famous "Harvest God" temple. She deposited 50 yen into the money box for some "divine intervention" and the "guidance" for the lot she drew was positive. She seems to have enjoyed this challenge and hopes this paves the way for another genre that she can explore into.

 Not being a big fan of enka, I certainly hope not, but being an Akina fan, I am sure we will all support her in whatever she does. Let’s hope that Akina’s wishes will come true, but I still find it weird that such a piece of "nonsense" can make news. Ha! Ha!

 

dannybunny

Akina fanboy since 14. Still undecided which are his top ten favourite Akina tracks as it's mission impossible. Digs "Everlasting Love" a whole lot more than the average Akina fan.

7 thoughts on “50円 Prayer

  1. Hi Jamez,
    Thanks for sharing as always. I’m a little puzzle on why you said it’s a nonsense report. Don’t take me wrong. I’m not a religious person. I’m just not sure if I understand everything right. Thanks.
    Patrick

  2. Is the reporter trying to make a pun out of Akina’s visit to the temple?

    I think if she visit our site and blog with us once in a while, maybe some of her other wishes may also come true!

  3. Dear Patrick,

    I am sorry if I offended someone but my use of the word "nonsense" was not directed at the religion but the fact that such trivia is being reported. I am sure Akina is not the only one who prays for a hit single or album. I am sure Cutie Mommy, Chiemi and Yoshie do so too when they release new albums. Not so sure about Seiko, maybe she will sleep with a new man for good luck.

    BTW, I think we should set up a "Dreams Come True" shrine here as suggested by Johnny. If Akina does blog here, it will be a dream come true for us! Her wishes to have a much more fabulous homepage will come true … free as well!!! I am sure most of her fans are happy to help her in any way we can.

  4. Ha ha.. does Seiko do that? I watched her ‘Bon Voyage best lives and clips’ and ‘Video Bible’ lately and boy oh boy isn’t she the cutest thing ever made in Japan or what. She is simply honeysuckle sweet and intoxicating, there is no way you won’t love her. Please, I am not making this up to irritate, these are my very honest opinions.

    Ah…about the ‘Dreams Come True’ shrine, would’t it be nice if we receive a certain birthday wish this coming July?

  5. The only time she is a good actress is being "Seiko Matsuda" because it’s all an act, and the Japanese know it. I don’t mind the cuteness, and I like her enough, but wearing those girlish costumes at 45? That’s a bit of a stretch for me, unless we are defining cute as "ugly but adorable".

    It was cute for a while but I think it is starting to irritate me a little.

  6. Oh, please pardon me if what i wrote was annoying, it was never intended to be that way. You see, i was watching 3 Akina live concerts in a row and that really drained me quite a bit. Then i watched Seiko, for the very first time, and found her very refreshing. In a way i think their music nicely complement each other.

  7. No, don’t get me wrong. I respect what you say and I agree that they are very different. I love Seiko’s older stuff when like Akina, she had many good songwriters writing good songs for her. Then, she started venturing out and writing her own songs, that is when she started going downhill.

    Now, I think she looks rather sad holding onto that same image. I just wish she would mature and sing good songs again. She is a performer/entertainer, like Madonna and Kylie. Their concerts are fun to watch, but don’t expect her to be singing too well in her concerts. The spectacle makes up for depth. Still, I love Seiko. She’s definitely in my Top 5 favourites.

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