Renowned singer Junko Ohashi, known for hits like "Silhouette Romance" and "Twilight My Love" during the late 1970s and early 1980s, tragically passed away at the age of 73. She had been courageously battling esophageal cancer, which she first revealed in March 2018. Her health took a sudden turn for the worse about a week ago, leading to her hospitalization. Despite her health struggles, Junko Ohashi remained an indomitable vocalist, persevering to grace the stage as a singer until the very end.
In 2019, she made a triumphant return to music after overcoming esophageal and breast cancer. However, earlier this year, a routine check-up revealed that her esophageal cancer had returned, prompting her to focus on treatment and leading to the unfortunate cancellation of her concerts. Throughout this challenging journey, she continued her dedication to voice training in preparation for her comeback.
Junko Ohashi's remarkable career began when she moved from Hokkaido to Tokyo with dreams of becoming a professional singer. She made her debut in 1974 with her album "Feeling Now" and achieved fame in 1978 with the hit "Tasogare My Love." She further rose to prominence in 1979, making her debut appearance on the 30th NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen with "Beautiful Me."
Junko Ohashi was not only an accomplished singer but also a compassionate artist. In 2007, following her hometown Yubari's financial struggles, she released a charity album called "Terra" to support the city. Her rendition of songs by fellow Hokkaido artists like Miyuki Nakajima, Chiharu Matsuyama, and GLAY earned her widespread recognition and acclaim.
Junko Ohashi's legacy as an exceptional singer and kind-hearted individual lives on in the hearts of many. Her music and enduring spirit will be remembered and cherished by fans worldwide.