Japanese title: あおいくま
Romaji title: aoi kuma
English title: Blue Bear

Release date: 2010.09.03

Catalog nr: GEE-3002
Label: Geedes records

First press: yes, first-press edition came housed in a special paper package

«Aoi Kuma» is Rika Ishii‘s debut album.

The album was released on September 3rd, 2010, on the record label GeeDees records.
Out of the 11 tracks, 3 of the songs are new tracks.

The album title comes from a phrase her father taught her. She said in a 2014 interview: «This phrase that my father taught me has always given me strength, «aoi kuma» («Blue Bear»): Aseranai (Don’t panic), Okarani (Don’t get angry), Ibaranai (Don’t be prideful), Kusaranai (Don’t despair), Makenai (Don’t give up). With these words in my heart, I will continue to devote myself to bringing songs to you.«

Promo poster

Promo poster

The song Boku no Michi was used as theme song for Asahi University, Wedding Story and Kimi no Sora e Utaitsudzuku were used in commercials for Akita View Hotel, and Anata ga Itsumo… was used in a commercial for Nippon Game Card.
It is the first time these songs have been released on CD.

Some of the songs on this album have appeared on previous releases:

Akai Tsuki can be found on her third indies single "Fuyu no Ashioto",
Rainbow Rain on the compilation album "Such A Beautiful Girl Like You",
Kokoro can be found on her single "Ao", and
Niji-iro no Kutsu can be found on her fourth indies single "Niji-iro Button".

A promo CD+DVD (not for sale) has also been issued. It was released in 2010, and was distributed in small quantities for Akita View Hotel in connection with the provision of the songs made for their commercials.

Track list
1. Wedding Story
2. Kimi no Sora e Utaitsudzuku
3. Hibiki
1. Wedding Story
2. Kimi no Sora e Utaitsudzuku

[Music videos for Kokoro, Kimi no Sora e Utaitsudzuku, Boku no Michi, and Wedding Story


01. 僕の道 (Boku no Michi; My Path)
02. Wedding Story 03. 君の空へ詩いつづく (Kimi no Sora e Utaitsudzuku; The Poem Continues to Your Sky)
04. 赤い月 (Akai Tsuki; Red Moon)
05. 「あなたがいつもこころの底から楽しめることを願ってます。」
(«Anata ga Itsumo Kokoro no Soko Kara Tanoshimeru Koto wo Negattemasu.»;
«I Hope from the Bottom of My Heart That You Can Always Enjoy.»)

06. Rainbow Rain
07. Lose of Control
08. こころ (Kokoro; Heart)
09. 七色の靴 (Niji-iroro no Kutsu; Rainbow-colored Shoes)
10. 陽のあたるほうへ (You no Ataru Hou e; Toward You (standing) in the Sunshine)
11. 響き (Hibiki; Echo)


All lyrics and music by Rika Ishii.


Polarbear (lit. white bear,) my friend,
are you
a blue bear?
Don’t panic
Don’t get angry
Don’t be prideful
Don’t despair
Don’t give up
It is like you're smiling today too