Japanese title:
Romaji title: ao
English title: Blue

Release date: 2006.08.09

Catalog nr: BLRC-0005
Label: BM.3 or JPC (Japan Digital Communication Corp.)

First press: unknown

«Ao» is Rika Ishii‘s second single after leaving Hello! Project, and her last released under the record label BM.3. It was released over three years after her previous single, Kotoshima.

Unlike her previous release, this was released as her major debut single, available for sale everywhere.

Songs from this single was used in the horror movie zoku, which also has Rika Ishii in one of the main roles.


01. こころ (Kokoro; Heart)
02. 蒼の頃 (Ao no Koro; When I Was Young)
03. 次郎さん (Jiro-san)


こころ (Kokoro)

Lyrics & Music: Rika Ishii | Arrangement: Masato Kamata

Ishii’s comments about the song: «I’ve sung this song in concert several times before, so maybe some of you remember it. There are so many people and we have all different bodies, different faces, different feelings but we all live in the same time. Please have a look at my feelings. If some of them reached yours as well, that’s the beginning of a new encounter.«


蒼の頃 (Ao no Koro)

Lyrics & Music: Rika Ishii | Arrangement: Takahiro Yamautsuri

蒼 (ao) literary means Blue / Green, but can also mean Unripe / Immature / Young.

Ishii’s comments about the song: «This song was the beginning to everything this time around: «Youthful days.» This song was born when song producer Kenji Suzuki and music arranger Takahiro Yamautsuri helped me open the door to my own youthful days, which I had always been unable to do. The wounds I didn’t want for anyone to touch have been kept hidden up until when I started writing this song and put all of those feelings into it. I want you to feel and get a touch of a new side of me through this song.«


次郎さん (Jiro-san)

Lyrics & Music: Rika Ishii | Arrangement: Takahiro Yamautsuri

Ishii’s comments about the song: «I met him when I was just walking aimlessly around Shinjuku as per usual. We walked different roads and lived different days, but he’s very important to me and we wish for the same thing. Please meet him, Jiro, in this song.«