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It was the early summer of 1963, and the runaway hit at number one in the U.S, was “Sukiyaki,” sung by a Japanese artist named KYU SAKAMOTO (pronounced ‘Q’). Ironically, the song had nothing to do with the delectable Japanese cuisine we are accustomed to, as the original title when first recorded in 1961, was “Ue O Muite Arukō,” meaning “I Look Up While I Walk.” Although not many of us couldn’t sing along, we loved it’s serene melody, and it became a smash on our shores, selling 13 million copies worldwide. In 1981 “Sukiyaki” was revived again on the charts, by the group A Taste Of Honey, and successfully charted again, reaching #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

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