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Why Is Singer Sayaka Yamamoto Important to the Japanese Pop Music Industry?

Updated on April 11, 2020
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

Sayaka Yamamoto Former Member of Girl Group NMB48

Sayaka Yamamoto is a very beautiful Japanese idol, so beautiful that she is drop dead gorgeous! She was a member of NMB48 and the captain of its Team N. She is one of the most recognizable members in the group along with Miyuki Watanabe. Sayaka was also a member of AKB48’s Team K from 2014 through 2016. But who is Sayaka Yamamoto? Why is she so important to the Japanese pop music industry that the world should know about?


This Will Not Be a Straightforward Biography of Sayaka Yamamoto

If you came here looking for a standard biography of Sayaka Yamamoto, this is not the place for it. On the other hand, if you were looking for a more interesting look at her life and career then keep on reading.

We Will Analyze & Review the Songs Takane No Ringo & Oh My God!

Note: What follows here is not a typical biography of Yamamoto but we will take a different, more analyzed approach to taking a look at the career of one of the most beautiful Japanese idols that spent 8 years being a member of Osaka Japan’s NMB48. We will also review two songs that Sayaka was chosen as choreographic center for. These songs are Takane No Ringo and Oh My God! The last section of the article will take a look at Sayaka’s solo career.

A Review of the Song Takane No Ringo

As for Takane No Ringo, lyrically the song tries to bring the message that if most people spend their lives reaching for the apples on the lower branches of the tree, it is time for you to dream big and reach for the apples atop the tallest tree that everyone else seems to have given up on. The greatest tragedy it is said is that it is not that people aim too high but that they aim too low and actually reach it. I may not be where I want to be now in terms of my goals but this article and song review should help to be a motivation for those that really see the possibilities that are available to us. The other message of this song is that just like the apple on top of that tree, we have to push ourselves to reach the pinnacle of our success. Sometimes we have to decide on a dream that can be easily obtained but this may be contradictory to what was said earlier about aiming too low and reaching it. Metaphorically, the apple at the top of the tree is the highest goal, your highest goal that you have set out to reach. It is not about winning or losing but it is about doing what we can to push ourselves and to reach our stated goals regardless of the fact that other people support us or not.

"Takane No Ringo" Short Version


About the Song Oh My God!

As for the song Oh My God, this is the second single of NMB48 and Yamamoto was chosen as a dual or W/Center with Nana Yamada. The video for the song shows the girls running the grassy field playing soccer. Lyrically this song is about a girl that is soaked with sweat and she is falling in love with a boy but she wanted him to see her cute side. However, she feels that her falling in love was a big mistake because she didn’t really have the kind of confidence that this takes to succeed. She thinks or perhaps feels that she is in a situation that feels like one sided love.

Sayaka Yamamoto in School Uniform

Sayaka Yamamoto Has Plans to Release a New Single!

What is going to be seen here is a look at now former member of girl group NMB48 Sayaka Yamamoto and her career as a solo singer and performer. Sayaka Yamamoto will release a new solo single on September 4, 2019. This single does not have a title yet and it is the follow up to her first solo single called Ichirinsou. This summer, the former NMB48 idol singer will make appearances at different festivals such as ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2019, MONSTER baSH 2019, and Munataka FES Fukutsu Koinoura. The single is being described as an up-tempo rock kind of tune that is designed to make the crowd get into the song.

This is the beginning of the exploration of the other side of Yamamoto who has been my favorite member past or present of the group NMB48 and it is very proper to address the aspects of her solo career and some of her modeling work. This next part of Yamamoto’s career goes back to August 2016 and we will cover every aspect of her career since then except the details of her graduation concert.

She released her first solo album called Rainbow on October 26, 2016 but prior to this, she did make a public statement saying while she has worked with NMB48 she always had a dream of being a singer and a songwriter. She said that Rainbow would be the first step in realizing her lifelong dream. She said that she wanted her songs to reach many people so that they too can hear what she has done. Yamamoto who will turn 26 on July 14, 2019 became the second member of NMB48 to make her solo debut since Miyuki Watanabe in 2014. Yamamoto would release her second solo album called Identity on October 4, 2017, almost one year after she released her first one.

After her graduation from NMB48 in November 2018, Yamamoto wasted no time and got busy trying to promote her music. She announced that she would be going on a nationwide tour in Japan called “I’m Ready.” What an accurate title for a tour for someone that has served as a team captain for one of the biggest girl groups in the world! The tour began on February 23, 2019 in Saitama and it finished on June 2, 2019 in Okinawa. She released her first solo single called Ichirinsou on April 17, 2019. Yamamoto has also released three photo books and they are Sayagami (2012), SY (2015) and Minna No Yamamoto Sayaka (2016).

"Oh My God!"

The New Single Is Called Tsuioku no Hikari

I have some new news about her 3rd solo single now! As of November 5, 2019, it is being reported that the new single is called "Tsuioku no Hikari.”

This is the single that was released on November 20, 2019.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian


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