Aki Yashiro (八代亜紀), born on August 29, 1950 in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, is one of the greatest enka singer. Her stage name « Yashiro » is adopted from her hometown, « Yatsushiro » (八代). She originally sang jazz standards in hostess clubs. She made her debut as an enka singer in 1971, with the single « Ai wa Shindemo (愛は死んでも). Seeing the single’s unsuccess, she appeared on the YTV’s Zen Nihon Kayō Senshuken (全日本歌謡選手権) audition, winning it for 10 consecutive weeks ! In 1973, her album « Namida Koi » (なみだ恋) sold up up to 1.20 million copies. Since then, her songs like « Shinobigoi » (しのび恋), « Onna no Yume » (おんなの夢), « Mō Ichidō Aitai » (もう一度逢いたい), « Ai Hitosuji » (愛ひとすじ), « Onna Minatomachi » (おんな港町), « Funauta » (舟唄) and « Ai no Shūchakueki » (愛の終着駅) also became great hits at the time.