japan's queen of enka, misora hibari, was born kato kazue on may 29, 1937 in yokohama. she appeared in a film for the first time at age 12 and rose in fame as an enka singer throughout the post-war period. her most famous song, kawa no nagare no you ni ('as a river flows'), was voted japan's best song in 1997 on NHK, is known widely throughout asia and, along with ringo oiwake, has been covered numerous times by japanese and foreign musicians. misora hibari died june 24th, 1989.

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