Friday evening playlist on repeat: Ayaka’s History 2006-2009 — a two disc compilation album from Iida Ayaka (married to popular actor Mizushima Hiro). Its a great album released months after her disease was made public and before she put her career on hold.
Ayaka's History 2006-2009 cover
“In September, a compilation album titled Ayaka’s History 2006-2009 was released and contained two discs, the first disc comprising all her single tracks and the second disc comprising songs selected by fans. It sold almost 350,000 copies in its first week, the highest for a female artist of 2009, and ranked number one on the charts for two consecutive weeks. About a month and a half after its release, the album reached a million copies shipped, making it the only album by a solo artist to do so in 2009.“ (Wikipedia)
Track #1, Disc 1:
Compilation video for 14/16 of the single tracks on Disc 1:
Ayaka has been battling Grave’s disease since just after her debit in 2006 with fluctuating symptoms and medications. Symptoms increased over the years and by 2009 she had to step away from the music industry and her career. Luckily, one of her greatest supporters, Hiro (read: HERO — lol), became her husband earlier that year.
Newcomer of the Year to one of the most recognizable faces in Japan.
I can have this song on repeat all day for some reason. (English fan-subbed version of Namida no Niji)
She can J-rock too!
Then there’s the acting. My favourite Aya dramas: Attention Please (clips), Hotelier (Korean remake), Zettai Reido (haven’t seen season 2 yet), Nagareboshi. I think Attention Please is still my favourite comedy. She can play funny to serious and back again all in the same scene, skills. It must be the short hair. And of course the acclaimed movie Azumi. The Azumi trilogy is just kick-ass. I don’t know what I like better, Aya‘s singing or her acting? I mean its common for these entertainers to have their feet in both but its not often that they’re equally good at them. I wonder which she likes better?