Japanese title: 上海の風
Romaji title: Shanhai no kaze
English title: The Shanghai Wind
Release date: 2000.07.12
Catalog nr: EPCE-5066 (CD) / EPSE-5066 (Cassette)
First press: unknown
«Shanghai no Kaze» is Yuko Nakazawa‘s 4th single, and her first released as a 12 cm single. It was also released on cassette.
It was released on July 12th, 2000 (over a year after her previous single), and contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side (Ame yo). It sold a total of 60.792 copies, ranking at #18 on the Oricon music charts.
Tsunku’s comments about the single upon it’s release:
Once again, I was in charge of the overall production of the single for Yuko Nakazawa. As I was talking with my staff, we agreed not to limit her potential as an enka artist but to expand her horizon as a Yuko Nakazawa, just the way she was. It may fit into the category of “adult-contemporary” in J-pop. But I produced this song in hope for creating the best pop song.
The theme for the single is “China”. As we all know,Chinais really big in size and has a very long history. It’s impossible to describeChinain one word, but apparently,Shanghaiis currently going through a rapid developmental phase. The scenery seems to remind people of Odaiba. (By the way, a photo shoot for the cover of Morning Musume’s single, “Memory, Seishun No Hikari” was done inShanghai.)
In terms of the lyrics, it is about a girl who visits Shanghai, which was her ex-boyfriend’s favorite city, by herself right after the break-up. The girl’s age is similar to Nakazawa’s. We wanted to create an image of Nakazawa to fit in to the major city, Shanghai (or what I call “Urban Shanghai”) and make the image to reflect on the CD cover as well as the music video.
Please enjoy the oldest member of Morning Musume’s song filled with matured emotions.
Nakazawa’s comment about the single, in a 2008-interview:
This song was released on July 12th, 2000. Can’t you see I am smiling? I’m smiling right? Because it’s not enka. I was so happy to be honest. (lol) I don’t know how this came about, but back then, I was still uncomfortable seeing myself as an enka singer, so I was very surprised when I received this song. The song had a nice Chinese-flavor to it.
We filmed the music video in studio and the video had a futuristic theme. The hair and makeup were very space-like. And I think I filmed this video on my birthday. So I remember I was very happy on that day.
01. 上海の風 (Shanhai no Kaze; The Shanghai Wind)
02. 雨よ (Ame yo; Dear Rain)
03. 上海の風 (Instrumental)
04. 雨よ (Instrumental)
上海の風 (Shanghai no Kaze)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Yuichi Takahashi
雨よ (Ame yo)
Lyrics & Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Hiroshi Uesugi