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Yumi Matsutōya (松任谷由実, born January 19, 1954) is a Japanese singer-songwriter. She was born in Hachioji, Tokyo. Her nickname is Yuming, which she received at the age of 13 from a Chinese artist, who inspired her to take on a career in music. Her first 4 albums are released under her maiden name, Yumi Arai (荒井由実). In 1972, she released her debut single Henji wa Iranai (返事はいらない, No Response Necessary). The next year she released her first album Hikoki-gumo (ひこうき雲, Contrail). In 1976, at the age of 22, she married her producer, Masataka Matsutoya (松任谷正隆), and from then on she went by her new name Yumi Matsutoya. In 1990, she received a gold disc grand prix. She also made appearances in many television commercials. Fans take note of her singing talent as well as her unique singing voice. She became famous for many songs, including Hikoki-gumo and Haru yo, Koi (春よ、来い, 1994, Spring, Come) which was used as the opening theme song for a TV drama by the same name. Her song Rouge no Den'gon (ルージュの伝言, Rouge Message) is featured in the anime film Kiki's Delivery Service from the famed Studio Ghibli. As reported on various websites, Yuming also writes songs for other singers, using the pen name Kureta Karuho. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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