Shiro Miya

Shiro Miya (宮 史郎, Miya Shirō, 17 January 1943 – 19 November 2012) was a Japanese enka singer, lyricist and composer. His band Shiro Miya and the Pinkara Trio's 1972 song "Onna no Michi", became the second best-selling single in Japanese Oricon charts history, selling over 3.25 million copies.[1]

Shirō Miya
Birth nameYoshirō Miyazaki
Born(1943-01-17)17 January 1943
OriginKasai, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan
Died19 November 2012(2012-11-19) (aged 69)
Occupation(s)Singer, lyricist, composer
Years active1959–2012
LabelsColumbia Music Entertainment
Japanese name
Kanji宮 史郎
Hiraganaみや しろう

Life and careerEdit

Miya in Kasai, Hyogo Prefecture. In 1959 while working in a cabaret in Himeji he independently produced "Otoko no Kado". In 1961, he started the comic band Suparō Boys. In 1963, he formed the comic band Pinkara Trio together with his elder brother Gorō Miya and Hiroshi Namiki.

In 1972, their debut song under the Nippon Columbia, "Onna no Michi", sold about 4 million copies, following that "Onna no Negai" and "Onna no Yume" also reached million copies in sales each.

In 1973 Hiroshi Namaki left Pinkara Trio, the band name became Pinkara Kyōdai (meaning pin kara brothers). In the same year, he sang "Onna no Michi" in NHK's year-end show Kōhaku Uta Gassen for the first time.

In 1983 Pinkara Kyōdai broke up and he began singing on his own. Gorō Miya died in 1994 and Hiroshi Namiki died in 1998.

In 2004 he appeared dressed up as an insect in a commercial and sang "Mushi Gokoro". In 2005, he also appeared in another commercial and sang "Odekake Bojō". In 2007, he performed "Onna no Michi" in the 5th story of movie Kayōkyoku dayo Jinsei wa.[2]

On 18 March 2009 he released single "Onna no Michi: Part 2". The single peaked at No. 106 and charted for two weeks on Japanese Oricon charts.[3]


  1. ^ 「およげ!たいやきくん」がギネス認定、再評価の気運高まる (in Japanese). Oricon. 20 February 2008. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  2. ^ "Movie Information" (in Japanese). Kayōkyoku dayo Jinsei wa Official Website. Archived from the original on 2 August 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Onna no Michi: Part 2" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 12 September 2009.

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