Award-winning lyricist Miyuki Ishimoto, who penned around 4,000 songs, has died in Yokohama at age 85. Ishimoto had a career that spanned six decades and wrote lyrics that touched the hearts of generations of Japanese.

Ishimoto's first recognition came with "Akogare no Hawaii Koro" (A Voyage To Hawaii), which Haruo Oka recorded for a hit in 1948. He penned many songs for the late mega-star crooner Hibari Misora, and these included the 1966 blockbuster "Kanashii Sake" (Sad Sake) and "Minatomachi Jusan Banchi" (#13th Block, Minato Town). In 1983 and 1984 Ishimoto won consecutive Japan Record Awards, an honor conferred by the Japan Composer's Association.

Later in life Ishimoto was active in industry organizations and he served as the chairman of JASRAC, Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers, from 1989 to 1994.

Ishimoto, originally from Hiroshima, had suffered from diabetes for ten years and succumbed to heart failure in a hospital in Yokohama on Wednesday (May 27).