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Shizuko Ihara (井原 静子, Ihara Shizuko, 7 May 1941 – 2 July 2000), professionally known as Mina Aoe (青江 三奈, Aoe Mina), was a Japanese female enka singer who had a series of popular hits in the late 1960s and continued charting late into her career.

Mina Aoe
Native name
青江 三奈
Birth nameShizuko Ihara (井原 静子)
Born(1941-05-07)7 May 1941
Tokyo, Japan
Died2 July 2000(2000-07-02) (aged 59)
GenresEnka, jazz
Years active1966–1999
LabelsVictor Entertainment

With her distinctive husky voice, she acquired the nickname "Queen of the Blues". She appeared 18 times on the annual Kōhaku Uta Gassen show. After her death, a memorial to Aoe was established in the Isezakichō shopping area in Yokohama.[citation needed]

Selected discographyEdit