Uehara Bin,singer and soldier

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Uehara Bin,singer and soldier

Post by Peter H » 16 Apr 2009 11:48

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bin_Uehara
Bin Uehara (上原 敏 ,Uehara Bin, August 26, 1908 – July 29, 1944) was a Japanese ryūkōka singer and soldier. He was known for using naniwa-bushi's kobushi vocalism in Japanese popular music scene, but was killed in the New Guinea campaign.

Uehara was born as Rikiji Matsumoto in Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan. He made his professional debut in 1936. His famous songs included the 1937 song "Ruten" (流転 ,lit. "Stream-rolling"?). However, he took part in the war as a soldier in 1943.He went to New Guinea and was killed in the battle in July 29, 1944.

His vocalism called kobushi became popular as the more emphatic form among modern enka singers.

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Re: Uehara Bin,singer and soldier

Post by Peter H » 16 Apr 2009 11:53

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Re: Uehara Bin,singer and soldier

Post by hisashi » 16 Apr 2009 19:10

Officially his wife was informed by Japanese government that 'killed by desease in July 29, 1944', but a comrade told that he was dead in April 30 on air raid. Japanese wikipedia states he was in Wewak but no troop from Akita prefecture fought in 18th army at the end of war. On the other hand, 18th army had a few cargo discharge unit raised in Akita in Hollandia until U.S. force landed there in April 1944, and Uehara was a shichohei (transport troop soldier). The survivors retreated to Sarmi trespassing jungles for 270km, so the report of death might well delayed and be confused.

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Re: Uehara Bin,singer and soldier

Post by Peter H » 17 Apr 2009 07:40

Thanks hisashi.

I found a photo of him in a Japanese magaazine from 1939.
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Re: Uehara Bin,singer and soldier

Post by hisashi » 19 Apr 2009 13:50

Uehara Bin contributed sincerely to the concerts for the soldiers at war, and IJA did not call usually popular professional singers. They say it was a mistake Akita prefectural government and all organs cooperated in his draft passed over his real name without noticing his stage name was Uehara Bin. After drafted his leader recommended him to move to propaganda troop so that he would remain in Japan but he did not agree.

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