Japanese title: さらさらの川
Romaji title: sarasara no kawa
English title: The Refreshing River

Release date: 2004.01.01

Catalog nr: EPCE-5252 (CD), EPSE-1114 (Cassette)
Label: zetima

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«Sarasara no Kawa» is Yuki Maeda‘s fifth single, released on January 1st, 2004. The single contains the title track and its instrumental, as well as a b-side (Sore wa Fushigi).

It sold 2.185 copies, ranking at #130 at the Oricon charts. 

Some of the single’s artwork was drawn by Kaori Iida (who also drew the cover to the Douyou Pops releases). 

The single sold 2.185 copies, ranking at #130 at the Oricon charts. 

Music video

Music video

Yuki Maeda said in an interview in 2004:

The last song [Tokyo Kirigirisu] was upbeat, but this song is a total opposite from that, which is calm and gentle. The very different atmosphere that this song creates, and how I fit into the song by performing it gently and softly are the best parts about the song. 

The song fits in between the categories of enka, kayoukyoku and pop music, so I had to think for a while to choose the right mood for this song. I decided, since this song was pretty close to pop music, that I tried not to express my emotions too much, and sing the song sincerely from my heart.

 I’m very good at songs with strong emotions and deep sadness. “Sarasara no Kawa” is the light, non-emotional song, so it was a little difficult for me to readjust my feelings and emotions.

As a whole, the lyrics are very general, covering a large-scale topic. Lyrics are about the issues everyone can relate to, and everyone can understand. So listeners can feel and say, “Oh yes, I know exactly what it’s like!” 


01. さらさらの川 (Sarasara no Kawa; The Refreshing River)
02. それは不思議 (Sore wa Fushigi; How Strange That Is)
03. さらさらの川 (Instrumental)
04. それは不思議 (Instrumental)


さらさらの川 (Sarasara no Kawa)

Lyrics: Momiji Ueda | Music: Makoto Kawaguchi | Arrangement: Takao Konishi


それは不思議 (Sore wa Fushigi)

Lyrics: Momoiji Ueda | Music: Makoto Kawaguchi | Arrangement: Takao Konishi