At the top of this page is a picture of a pretty female singer, dressed in military uniform. Have you ever seen her face or enjoyed her singing?
Yukari Miyake, is a singer belonging to the Tokyo Band of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (so-called navy) .
On December 14, 1986, she was born in Kurashiki, Okayama prefecture, which is one of the cities full of historical emotion. The dream from her girlhood was to set herself on stage as a musical actress. So she tried, broke through difficulties and joined the prestigious Kurashiki Children's Choir. There she polished the song skills until graduating from high school.
Meanwhile, at high school, while studying at the music course, she belonged to the dance club of the high school and mastered dance skills
After acquiring the skills of singing and dancing, she entered the College of Arts, Nihon University in Tokyo and majored in vocal music.
From her lovely and neat appearance, who can imagine that she is a master of karate, a traditional Japanese martial arts? After entering the College, she joined the karate team and started doing practice in it, which was an inexperienced field to her. In the first tournament, she had lost the game in a flash. No one expected that she would win, because she was just a beginner and the opponent was upgraded. But to everyone’s surprise, after the game, she cried out with regret like a little girl. After that, she devoted herself to karate and paid every effort in mastering it, and, to my astonishment, by the time she graduated from the college, she had reached the level, skillful enough to win the National Championships. I admire her awesome fighting spirit and concentration.
Well, lets go back to her dream. Though she sent her campus life dreaming to be a musical actress one day, she found herself facing the tough reality. She had to give up her dream to enter upon a stage career for a while and decided to keep involved with musicals while working. So, she got an employment job offer from a famous department store.
Just around that time, one of the professors of vocal music told her that Maritime Self-Defense Force was recruiting a singer and advised her to take the exam. That’s right. Coincidentally, the MSDF had decided to adopt a singer for the first time in its history.
“At first, I was not interested in it at all” she says. “But she was a professor who had been taken care of me, so I told her “yes” and went reluctantly to the rcruiting fair held by Tokyo Band of MSDF.”
However, the moment she listened to their performances at the Tokyo Band’s practicing hall, she felt some kind of excitement started to grow inside her. And the presentation they gave her finally caught her heart. "I wanna join the team!" She had decided to take the exam. Although there were many examinees for only one seat, cruising the difficulties, she passed brilliantly.
In April 2009, she enlisted, and after 5 months Boot Camp training in Yokosuka, she finally was assigned to the Tokyo Band.
Tokyo Band performs about 130 concerts annually in various sizes nationwide. She of course joins the Band's tours and sings songs for many listeners always longing for them to visit. Below is a picture of Yukari Miyake in the Christmas concert 2009.
On 11th March 2011, a huge earthquake struck East Japan, causing massive and disastrous damage. Everyone in the Tokyo Band wished to proceed up there and help the evacuees. While many Self Defense Forces units deployed there, the Tokyo Band was ordered to wait and prepare for the appropriate time. About a month later, the Tokyo Band finally got a mission and the consolation performances started in the afflicted areas. Yukari Miyake was assigned to a unit with 7 members.
（ ↑ Yukari Miyake performing consolation at a shelter for the victims）
（ ↑ Yukari Miyake listening to the story of a victim with a serious looking face.）
While the Band members were engaged in consolation, the commanding officer of the Toko Band and at the same time a talented composer, Commander (CDR) Kawabe, was composing one piece of song, which spreads emotion later in Japan.
This song began to spread quietly on the net, and eventually called a tremendous response. With this song as a trigger, a number of news programs began to convey her. And finally, her singing appearance stuck in the eyes of a record company, and her CD debut was decided.
On 28th August 2013, when her debut album "a prayer" was released, it recorded an unusual sales and the Tokyo Band received the Japan Record Awards Planning Award in December of that year.
CD debut called for a new reputation, and requests to appear on TV and radio rushed to her. Super busy years began for her and the Tokyo Band. However, no matter how busy she was, she never forgot her mission to strengthen ties between the people and the MSDF. Please watch the video below. You can enjoy amazing performance.
On March 4, 2015, her second album "Hope ~ songs for tomorrow" was released. It contains the song that she wrote, "Hope".
（Special live performed in an elementary school in Tokyo on the day of album release）
Since around 2017, the media has settled down, so it seems that she and Tokyo Band have become able to devote themselves firmly to their original duties.
The repertoire of her songs is very wide, so I would like to introduce some of the videos of a little unusual performance.
Yukari Miyake (center) shows an exellent dance performance.
how was it? I am glad that you are interested in her acting a very wide range of performances.
By the way, last month, she won second place in all the Self Defense Forces Karate-Do Championship Tournament. Yes, she is a real master of Karate!