Kiyoshi Hikawa
Kiyoshi Hikawa
Kiyoshi Hikawa is a Japanese enka singer who was born on September 6, 1977 in Minami-ku, Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. His real name is Kiyoshi Yamada and he is known as "The Prince of Enka" due to his young age and popularity. When he is marketing non-enka music, he goes by KIYOSHI, using capitalized letters of the roman alphabet, instead of kanji and hiragana. His record company is Columbia Music Entertainment, and his agency is Nagara Productions.
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  • 2009
    Age 31
    He released album Enka Meikyoku Collection 11: Tokimeki no Rumba on November 11, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Hikawa is popular with young and old people alike. Although enka is in a downward trend in Japan, Hikawa is responsible for popularizing enka amongst the 20s demographic, who traditionally do not listen to it. Hikawa usually dresses in trendy casual clothes, sometimes appearing in the more traditional kimono normally worn by enka singers. Hikawa has traveled around the world, including to the United States. In 2003, he was the guest of honor at Hawaii's week-long Aloha Festival, where he participated in a parade with various Japan-based hula halau, and ended the week with a concert.
    He released his second single of the year, "Tokimeki no Rumba", on August 19, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details The single debuted at No. 1 on the Oricon weekly charts with the first week sales of about 68,000 copies, making him the first solo enka singer to make three number-one singles in Oricon history.
    On May 20, 2009, he released album Enka Meikyoku Collection 10: Rōkyōku Ichidai, which debuted at No. 2 on the Oricon weekly album charts only behind Eminem's album Relapse.
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    On February 4, 2009, he released single "Rōkyōku Ichidai", which became his second number-one single on the Oricon weekly charts.
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  • 2006
    Age 28
    In 2006, he won the grand prix award by his song "Ikken" at the 48th Japan Record Awards.
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  • 2005
    Age 27
    Hikawa released the single "Hatsukoi Ressha" on February 9, 2005.
    More Details Hide Details It became his first number-one single on the Japanese Oricon weekly single charts.
  • 2000
    Age 22
    In 2000, Hikawa made his professional debut with his single "Hakone Hachiri no Hanjirō."
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  • 1995
    Age 17
    After graduation from high school in 1995, Hikawa travelled to Tokyo, where he became an apprentice under the supervision of Hideo Mizumori.
    More Details Hide Details He served under Mizumori for three years.
  • 1977
    Born on September 6, 1977.
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