Random article! Can you spot any link between Amuro Namie and France or Europe? (don’t forget this website’s name used to be “Amuro Namie in French” in 1997)
Here is a list!
Namie / France
Following the success of her album Sweet 19 blues, Reuters Communication interviews Amuro Namie. The footage is broadcasted on more than 600 TV channels around the world, including Euronews. It is translated into several languages, including French.
Several French magazines dedicated to mangas and video games publish articles about Amuro Namie.
Marc Panther, French-Japanese member of globe, co-writes several tracks of Amuro Namie’s new album Concentration 20. In an interview for JaME (2012), he says: “I wrote the lyrics, I was the poet. In Los Angeles, I would wake up and find 4 cassettes waiting for me on the front door: I had to write everyday. At the end, there were pink elephants coming out of Amuro Namie’s lyrics… (Laughs)”.
The aesthetics of Dreaming I was dreaming PV is inspired by the French Avant-Garde of the 1920s.
But there is much inventiveness in these choices: the tom-tom players are wearing Venitian masks while an African shield is represented in a cubist-2D way. The giant Braque and Picasso-inspired painting shows a modern landscape with contemporary buildings instead of the small houses of Provence. The painting inspired by Braque’s cubist “Pont du Gard” (see above cubism/futurism) also seems to be infused with futurism. More details are open to interpretation. The dreamspace seem to allow the merging of times and geographies to redefine art history.
The lyrics of Dreaming I was dreaming contain the French expression “déjà-vu”.
Amuro Namie appears for a few seconds in the special Japan edition of French TV show Plus vite que la musique (“Faster than music”, M6 Channel)
The short clip is from How to be girl live at Utaban (1997-05-20)
French plastic artist Alexandre Périgot uses a photography of Amuro Namie in his collage Fanclubbing.
Amuro Namie’s new single is entitled Toi et moi: “You and me” in French. The lyrics do not contain any French though.
French TV channel Game one, which is dedicated to video games, regularly broadcasts a video clip of Digital Dance Mix vol.1.
Mi Corazon (te’ amour) is one of the new tracks of album Genius 2000. The word “amour” is the French for “love”. It replaces the Spanish “amo” (“te amo”: “I love you”). The Japanese pronunciation of “amour” actually sounds like “Amuro”.
In Tour Genius 2000 pamphlet, a photo-montage shows the touring bus on the Trocadero promenade in Paris. The Eiffel tower can be seen from there.
Amuro Namie sings Never end during a reception held for the international leaders invited to the G8 Summit in Okinawa, including French President Jacques Chirac who is known to be very fond of Japanese culture. He has been photographed with Amuro Namie and Tetsuya Komuro.
Several French TV channels cover the event. A few seconds of Amuro Namie’s live is aired during TF1’s news broadcast.
TV CM for Meiji Fran is shot in Paris and more precisely in Montmartre. The other pictures of the campaign are shot Place Baudoyer, Place des Vosges and along the banks of river Seine.
The first notes of Please smile again, which is then tied to Fran’s CM, have a “Versailles” inspiration.
Alexandre Périgot’s Fanclubbing (see 1998) is part of the works selected for the exhibition Au-delà du spectacle at the Centre Pompidou – National Museum of Modern (Paris).
Say the word PV shows Amuro Namie in a bus reading a magazine written in French.
The first sentence reads “Un unique banian dont les branches vieillies, en tombant, ont fait souche.” It seems to be extracted from a text by Olivier Soufflet on Madagascar.
The backcover of the magazine reads “BMOI”, which is the Bank of Madagascar and Indian Ocean.
VERBAL (m-flo) decides to name the collaborative project to which Amuro Namie takes part “Suite Chic”. In French, “Suite” can refer to a hotel suite or to future developments (“la suite” is what happens next). Chic means elegant and stylish.
The demo of As good as, a song from album Style, is also bought by French band Whatfor. The French version is entitled Je ne suis pas un ange (“I am not an angel”).
The lyrics of I love you, a song from album Queen of Hip-Pop, contain the French “Je t’aime”.
White Light PV shows the French Quarter area in New Orleans with the Père Marquette hotel.
The lyrics of Luvotomy, a song from m-flo’s album Cosmicolor, contain the bilingual sentence “We’re so nouveau” (“We’re so new”).
In Do me more, a song from album Best Fiction, Amuro Namie sings the French words “un deux trois” (“one two three”).
BEST FICTION Tour pamphlet shows famous an example of XIXth century Limonaire Frères fairground organ as well as another one by Marc Fournier et Fils. These pipe organs were used in public fairgrounds to provide music for the attractions.
French singer Matt Pokora mentions Amuro Namie as his inspiration for his song Tokyo Girl.
The aesthetics of Vidal Sassoon new TV spot is inspired by rococo and Marie-Antoinette’s style. The CM is entitled “Bourgeois Gorgeous”. Its theme song Dr. samples French composer Maurice Ravel’s Boléro (1928).
Amuro Namie flies to Paris for a shooting with Karl Lagerfeld, to be included in Vogue Japan, after she attended Fendi’s show in Milan. She visits Merci store in Paris and almost buys a sofa there (from Vivi, January 2010).
Amuro Namie is invited to attend the World Music Awards in Monaco. She stops in French town Bordeaux where she visits the Saint-André cathedral and has some wine tasting.
Amuro Namie spends some time in Paris.
A video from Live Style 2011 shows the Arch of Triumph. (Source: Socurious)
Amuro Namie stays in Paris and attends the 14th of July parade (National Day). She is also spotted in a Chanel boutique. She then flies to Barcelona in Spain.
Amuro Namie stays in Paris.
UNTITLED’s CM shows miniature Eiffel Towers and its accordion theme song alludes to a Parisian atmosphere. However, the room in which the CM takes place looks more American than French.
Amuro Namie’s team releases a special documentary for her 20th anniversary on official youtube channel. It is translated into several languages, including French.
The 2014 version of Sweet 19 blues, from album Ballada, shows the same French signs as the former version, but offers a better view.
One reads “Tonnages”, another “Yves Halard au fond du reu” (certainly meant to be “Yves Halard au fond de la rue”, which means “Yves Halard at the end of the street”). Yves Halard is a French interior designer.
In Four Seasons PV, from album Ballada, the background for the autumn part is Paris. The view is from the quay of Bourbon, Saint-Louis island. Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais church can be seen from there. The arch featured in the PV does not exist though.
The logo of album Ballada contains several French coats of arms (Provence, Anjou, Comtat venaissin – Source: Socurious).
The car featured in Brighter day PV is the iconic French Citroën CX, which was edited between 1974 and 1991.
French DJ David Guetta asks Amuro Namie to sing a new version of his song What I did for love, which originally featured Emili Sandé. The song can be found on new album _genic.
Red carpet‘s setting bears a strong French inspiration. A sign on the first store-front window reads: “Depuis 1942. Cordonnier” which means “Since 1942. Shoemaker” in French. On the second store, one can read “Librairie – Book Print”. “Librairie” being the French for “Bookshop”. Amuro Namie also wears a coat clearly inspired by Christian Dior 1952 collection while the final scene shows a view from Montmartre, Paris (top of the hill).
The customization function on Red carpet‘s DVD is similarly inspired. The umbrella store reads “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg ~78~” which hints to the eponym French-German musical by Jacques Demy (1964). The hat store reads “Un magasin de CHAPEAUX. BERET CANOTIER CASQUETTE CLOCHE”, which means “A HAT store. BERET BOATER CAP CLOCHE HAT”.
The final scene shows alternative views from Montmartre: one with stairs and trees, one with the Moulin de la Galette from rue Lepic, one with a large view of Paris from the hill.
Finally, Namie has been seen wearing many French designers creations such as Balmain, Barbara Bui, Céline, Chanel, Chloé, Christian Dior, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Givenchy, Lacoste, Lanvin, Christian Louboutin, Nina Ricci, Sonia Rykiel, Yves Saint-Laurent and Louis Vuitton.
Namie / Europe
Amuro Namie covers several Eurobeat songs originally produced in Italy by Rodgers & Contini Record: Try me (Lolita – 1995), Memories (Norma Sheffield – 1993), Season (Veronica Sales – 1994), Burning love (D-Essex), Go Go (DJ NRG – 1995).
Amuro Namie’s profiles mention that she is 3/4 Japanese and 1/4 Italian. This ethnical background is actually made up: Namie’s mother, Emiko Taira, wrote later in her book Yakusoku that she never knew her biological father’s background except for it was Western/European.
Amuro Namie becomes the new brand ambassador for Edwin Fiorucci. Fiorucci is an Italian fashion label founded in 1967 by Elio Fiorucci. It was partly sold in 1990 to the Japanese group Edwin Co. Ltd.
Amuro Namie is probably chosen to represent the brand for her status as a fashion icon and because she is is said to be part Italian (sea above c.1995-1997). Both TV Commercials show Amuro Namie and Elio Fiorucci meeting and being transported to Milan, Italy.
Amuro Namie receives the World Music Award for “Best Selling Japanese Recording Artist of the Music”. She doesn’t attend the ceremony in Monte Carlo (Monaco), but leaves a video message. The latter is not broadcasted on every channel though. French TV channels do not air it for example.
Mi Corazon (te’ amour) is one of the new tracks of album Genius 2000. The title and the lyrics “Mi corazon bate por ti” are in Spanish. The song has a flamenco feeling. During Genius 2000 tour, Amuro Namie wears a long flounced skirt that recalls flamenco costumes. The choreography also takes inspiration in flamenco.
The lyrics of I love you, a song from album Queen of Hip-Pop, contain the Spanish sentence “Yo te quiero”.
In Step with it, a song from album Play, Amuro Namie sings the Spanish words “une dos tres cuatro” (“one two three four”).
New Look‘s PV alludes to British icon of the 1960’s, Twiggy. The promotional campaign to which the song is tied endorses Vidal Sassoon hair products. Vidal Sassoon was a British hairstylist known for the Bob cut that Twiggy herself sported.
New TV commercial for Vidal Sassoon, “Amuroad”, shows a style associated with the city of London, United Kingdom.
Amuro Namie is invited by Karl Lagerfeld to attend Milan’s Chanel fashion show, Italy.
Amuro Namie stays in Pisa, Florence and Cinque Terre in Italy as well as Monte Carlo in Monaco for the World Music Awards.
She also flies to Santorini and Athens in Greece, and London in United Kingdom.
New TV commercial for Kosé Esprique is filmed in Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands (Spain).
Live Style 2011 pamphlet is shot in Rome, Italy. The city pictures are taken Piazza della Repubblica.
Love Story music video is filmed in London, United Kingdom.
20th Anniversary Live in Okinawa pamphlet is shot in Barcelona, Spain.
Ballerina is the tied-in song for Vogue x Italian brand Gucci new promotional campaign.
Amuro Namie’s team releases a special documentary for her 20th anniversary on official youtube channel. It is translated into several languages, including Spanish and Portuguese.
New TV commercial for Kosé Esprique is filmed in Sychrov Castle, Czech Republic. Namie enjoys this opportunity to visit Prague.
Amuro Namie spent some of her holidays in Sardegna along with Aki Müller Yamauchi of Japan Proxy, a Swiss-based store selling goods from Japan.
Many Swedish, Norwegian and British artists are credited for her songs, Erik Lidbom, Maria Marcus and Andreas Öberg being the most prolific ones. For a full list of Namie’s songwriters, follow the link.
As for British designers, Namie has often seen been wearing Burberry trench coats. Also, the Burberry skirt she wore in 1997 during her wedding announcement press conference launched a trend in Japan.
Namie also often wears British designer Jimmy Choo’s shoes. She has also worn creations by Dutch fashion house Viktor&Rolf, British designer Alexander McQueen and German designer Jil Sander.