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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Hiroshi Sawa & Tokyo 99 -- Ai no Fureai (愛のふれあい)

"Freshen up your glass, sir?"

Well, it's not exactly Saturday night as I type's Saturday afternoon, actually. However, listening to this old chestnut, it's not too difficult to imagine the evening hours spent at a classy bar in Akasaka, ruminating about life over a tumbler of whiskey.

"Ai no Fureai" (Touch of Love) by Hiroshi Sawa(沢ひろし)& Tokyo 99 has all the makings of a classic Mood Kayo tune: a bit of jazz and Latin muddled into the mix. that male chorus, and the contemplative arrangement. Just like that glass of the good stuff, it's smooth and neat.

I also put up the karaoke version here since I like the different arrangement which includes that representative instrument of the genre: the lonely trumpet.

The thing is, though, Hiroshi Sawa and Tokyo 99 are a mystery least on the Net. I couldn't find anything on the group (and that includes on J-Wiki) outside of the fact that "Ai no Fureai" was released in 1968 and that there have been a few other popular singles by them. I don't know when and where the group was formed, how successful the single was in original release, and what has become of them. But apparently, the song is one of the go-to signature tunes for Mood Kayo according to the number of compilation albums that popped up on sites like Amazon when I typed in the group via Yahoo.

If any of you Mood Kayo fans (including Noelle) can shed a bit more light on Sawa and Tokyo 99, please let me know. Otherwise, I will have to hope that the group will eventually appear on "Kayo Concert" someday.


  1. Hi J-Canuck,

    I tried looking up for stuff on this group, but about 90% of the results came up as the various compilation albums that have this song in them. But despite the fact that it's in so many of those albums, I've never heard of it at all until now. Sounds nice though, a good song to listen to while having a drink at a bar.

    So far the only thing I managed to deduce would be that Tokyo 99 may be a Latin MK group since the (only) other song I managed to find and hear from them, 'Sayonara mata ashita' (さよなら また明日), also has a Latin arrangement although it is less moody than 'Ai no fureai'.

    1. Much appreciated, Noelle, for the second look. A pity that there isn't any sort of webpage or even a few comments on the group itself. If it weren't for YouTube and that one statement on J-Wiki, I wouldn't have even found out about them.


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