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The savagely sultry summer has mercifully given way to the cooler, mellow vibe of autumn. It’s time to savor such seasonal delights as sanma (Pacific saury), shinmai (newly harvested rice) and the latest Miyuki Nakajima album, which comes out like clockwork each year around this time.

The singer-songwriter’s 29th release, “Kokoro Mori Uta,” which her label translates as “Lullaby for the Soul,” entered the Oricon chart at No. 2 following its Sept. 19 debut. That’s a clear sign of both Nakajima’s staying power and the loyalty of her longtime fans.

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