Takako Mamiya

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Born (1953-02-25) February 25, 1953 (age 71)
Tokyo, Japan
GenresCity Pop・Funk・Soul・Jazz・Pop
Occupation(s)singer, backup vocalist
Years active1976-1982

Takako Mamiya|間宮貴子|Mamiya Takako|born February 25th, 1953 is a former Japanese City Pop singer, best known for her album “Love Trip” released in 1982. She was also a part of the Japanese Trio PAO (stylized as PΔO) with songwriter Yoshikazu Miura and gravure idol Sabine Kaneko. Mamiya would eventually retire from her career following her release of Love Trip. Her vague and largely undocumented career has led to lots of rumors and speculation, particularly from those within the City Pop community as her 1982 album has resurfaced in popularity online in recent years.

Early life

Mamiya was born in Tokyo, Japan on February 25th, 1953. As a teenager, she was inspired by 1960s European and American music, and was an avid album collector. She would start writing her own music in high school.[1]


Mamiya would get her start in music at the record label East World, working as a backup singer for Clarion Girl Sabine Kaneko.[2] Afterwards, Mamiya would then debut with Kaneko in the trio PAO in 1978, recording backup vocals for Kaneko’s single titled “Say Yes” with the group.[3] She would later provide backup vocals for the song “Sunset Kiss” before departing from PAO. Sunset Kiss would then be the image song for the 1979 American film A Little Romance by George Roy Hill. The song would soon top the Oricon charts at No. 19 that same year. PAO would go on to release an album in 1980 called “YOU” without Mamiya’s involvement before dissolving.[2]

Later on in 1982, Kitty Records was looking for new talent, and scouted Mamiya at a club in Shinjuku to record an album for the record. Despite not being a big name at the time, Mamiya’s album would have big names working on it such as Genji Sawai, siblings Takao and Etsuko Kisugi, and Yoshiko Miura. Recording took place from April 15th to August 28th of 1982.[2] Mamiya would then release her debut and only album Love Trip, to a quiet release with low sales. The album wouldn’t reach the Oricon charts for the year, leading to Mamiya’s retirement and disappearance from the public eye.[4]

Personal life

According to YouTuber Minken, former Kitty Records director Shiina Kazuo has stated that Mamiya is alive and well, having gotten married shortly after retiring from her career.[5]



  • 湖のささやき (Mizuumi no Sasayaki/The Lake’s Whisper) - 1976
  • セイ・イエス (Say Yes) - 1978
  • サンセット・キッス (Sunset Kiss) - 1979


Love Trip (1982)


Lyrics: Etsuko Kisugi

Composition and Arrangement: Kazuo Shiina

2. Chinese Restaurant [チャイニーズ・レストラン]

Lyrics: Yoshiko Miura

Composition and Arrangement: Masaru Hoshi

3. Midnight Joke [真夜中のジョーク]

Lyrics: Ichiko Takehana

Composition: Hiroyuki Nanba

Arrangement: Genji Sawai

4. Sadness Beyond the Night [哀しみ夜の向こう]

Lyrics: Yoshiko Miura

Composition: Mitsuru Kuni

Arrangement: Kazuo Shiina


Lyrics: Etsuko Kisugi

Composition: Masaru Hoshi

Arrangement: Kazuo Shiina

6. Dance at the Waterfront [渚でダンス]

Lyrics: Yoshiko Miura

Music: Hiroyuki Nanba

Arrangement: Sawai Hara


Lyrics: Etsuko Kisugi

Composition: Takao Kisugi

Arrangement: Kazuo Shiina

8. Morning Flight [モーニング・フライト]

Lyrics: Yoshiko Miura

Music: Genji Sawai

Arrangement: Kazuo Shiina

9. Twilight is a Silver Foil・・・ [たそがれは銀箔の・・・]

Lyrics: Etsuko Kisugi

Composition and Arrangement: Akira Inoue


Lyrics: Gregg Oldron

Composition and Arrangement: Kazuo Shiina


  1. Gutierrez, Delia (2023-05-02). "Takako Mamiya Facts". Old Time Music. Retrieved 2023-10-27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "COME ALONG RADIO: Love Trip & Takako Mamiya: Solving City Pop's Biggest Mystery". COME ALONG RADIO. 2020-07-27. Retrieved 2023-10-28.
  3. justlikestartingover (2023-05-24). "What Happened to Takako Mamiya?". War Is Over (in 日本語). Retrieved 2023-10-27.
  4. "What Happened to Takako Mamiya? [Mystery Solved]". Van Paugam. 2023-07-11. Retrieved 2023-10-27.
  5. 間宮貴子(마미야 타카코) 💿 「LOVE TRIP」 레전드 음반 1장만 남기고 사라져버린(?) 환상의 가수!!! [음반리뷰] | 【민음소】 🎧 EP.30 #レビュー, retrieved 2023-10-27

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