Japanese Singers Leo Ieiri, Sakurako Ohara and Sakura Fujiwara Share New Collab, 'Koi No Hajimari'

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Leo Ieiri, Sakurako Ohara and Sakura Fujiwara 

Three young Japanese singer-songwriters Leo Ieiri, Sakurako Ohara and Sakura Fujiwara collaborated on a new single called "Koi No Hajimari," released digitally Wednesday (Sept. 27). 

The three artists in their early 20s belong to the record label Victor Entertainment. Ieiri and Ohara first met in 2014, shortly after the latter's debut as a singer. Ohara was a fan of Ieiri's and went to see her show and later met backstage. Then, in 2015, the two went to see Fujiwara in concert shortly after her debut and chatted with her after the show. 

Besides being labelmates, the three have other things in common. All three made their major-label debut in their teens. Ieiri and Fujiwara both hail from Fukuoka and had to relocate to Tokyo at a young age to begin their music careers. The three are good friends and each other's fans and also have huge respect for each other's work as professional artists.

Their collaborative effort was first performed live at their joint concert March 12 at Pacifico Yokohama. They wanted to do something special for the event and worked on the song in secret. Leo Ieiri wrote the music and lyrics for "Koi No Hajimari" with her two younger friends in mind. The song went over well with the crowd, which led to its release as a new single.

The trio will be performing in another Victor joint concert Oct. 8 in Osaka. That event will feature various Victor artists on the same bill, so fans will have an opportunity to see Ieiri, Ohara and Fujiwara perform alongside such labelmates as the gruff singer-songwriter Pistol Takehara and the rock duo Love Psychedelico. The three songstresses will perform their collaboration live.