Japanese title: 二人暮し
Romaji title: futarigurashi
English title: Living Together

Release date: 2001.08.01

Catalog nr: EPCE-5115
Label: zetima

First press: yes (but what?)

The application flyer for the 4th Morning Musume & Michiyo Heike prodigy audition came with the single (which would spawn Sheki-Dol and Aya Matsuura).

«Futarigurashi» is Yuko Nakazawa‘s 6th single. It’s her first single after graduating from Morning Musume, and also her first release using her real name; 中澤裕子 (as opposed to her stage name 中澤ゆうこ).

Music video for Futarigurashi

Music video for Futarigurashi

The single was released on August 1st, 2001, and contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side (Kouen Doori no Kissaten). The single is also her only release which comes in a thick cd case (as opposed to the regular slim case), with a booklet that folds out to a 30cm x 15cm sheet (with pictures of Nakazawa on one side and the lyrics on the opposite side).

The single sold a total of 42.695 copies, and ranked at #13 on the Oricon music charts (her best position on the charts along with «Kuyashi Namida Porori»).

Nakazawa’s comment about the single, in a 2008-interview:

“'Futarigurashi' is such a difficult song to sing. I actually told this in the past but I didn’t like this song very much. I couldn’t sing it well. I was really self-conscious about myself as a solo artist after graduating from Morning Musume, and I felt like I had to hurry up and prove the different side of Yuko Nakazawa and with many other complicated feelings. I can’t describe it too well, but I remember I had heavy opinion about my costume as well. Look at the photo. Beautiful, isn’t it? You see how important the lighting is, right? You see, my audience? This is a photo, a work of art. Staff’s effort and energy was collected and gathered together to create this piece.

[…] I was in such a bad mood! (lol) But why? Why? I remembered as I was looking at this smiling photo of mine. You see, I am smiling on the outside, but I was furious in the inside. Isn’t photography a scary thing? (lol) Yeah, I remember now. But I still wonder why I was so angry though.


01. 二人暮し (Futarigurashi; Living Together)
02. 公園通りの喫茶店 (Kouen Doori no Kissaten; Café Along the Park)
03. 二人暮し (Instrumental)


二人暮し (Futarigurashi)

Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Masao Akashi

公園通りの喫茶店 (Kouen Doori no Kissaten)

Lyrics: Yuko Nakazawa & Tsunku |  Music: Tsunku Arrangement: Ryou Yonemitsu