I love this dress. I got it because it felt work appropriate and I’m always trying to find a balance between work and fun in my clothes. Reading the sartorial guidelines on a possible new job opening……. I am very much off the mark. Haha! It’s way too short and of course I cannot ignore my instinct to pair it with bright colours (so bright here). Oh well. No job yet. Maybe a break instead.

That said, I’ve been very obsessed with Akiko Yano (again & again & again). My latest favourite song is with YUKI! Formerly lead singer of super obnoxious pop punk band JUDY AND MARY, who has a child-like, off-kilter and high-pitched voice. Naturally, I went through my JAM obsessed phase too so it’s cool to see them intertwine. The song is a duet with YUKI & Akiko, covering the title track of Yano’s best albums: Gohan ga Dekita yo (Dinner’s Ready). I’ve only read and half understood the songs but according to Kayo Kyoko Plus “the singer[s] sound like a particularly welcoming Mama armed with a hot pot of soup.”

The google translate works for me too though:

It was fun too
I was happy also today.
Although I cried a bit
It is such energy

never wallowing in its own simple words:

I was sad.
It was sad.
Although I laughed a bit
What will it be …

You can find the duet with Yuki on the 2006 album はじめてのやのあきこ. Akiko and Yuki’s voices go together so well. And the double layer if singing such simple words in “child-like voices”, which is of course not simple at all but imbued with a very deep sense of nostalgia.

This version on youtube seems to be only Yuki singing which is also quite lovely!