Kyu Sakamoto (born November 10, 1941) has the distinction of being the only Japanese artist to ever to score a #1 hit internationally. His song “Ue o Muite Aruko”, known outside Japan as “Sukiyaki”, went to #1 in the US Billboard charts, in 1963, and no Japanese act has managed to crack the top 40 since.
In 1985, Sakamoto was killed in the crash of Japan Airlines Flight 123. Before the aircraft impacted the ground, he was able to write a farewell note to his wife Yukiko Kasiwagi.
A sad yet romantic song about love and soup!
Kyu Sakamoto - Sukiyaki