Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi

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"Kore ga watashi no ikiru michi"
Single by Puffy AmiYumi
Released 1996
Format CD single
Genre J-pop
Puffy AmiYumi singles chronology
"Asia no junshin"
(1996)
"Kore ga watashi no ikiru michi"
(1996)
"Circuit no musume"
(1997)

"Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi" (これが私の生きる道?, "This is the Street Where I Live") is the 2nd single released by the Japanese pop duo Puffy AmiYumi on October 7, 1996. It sold over 1.5 million copies and was their first #1 hit.[1]

It is known in American releases as being titled '"That's The Way It Is"' in An Illustrated History and the album Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, although not a direct translation of the song title.

A Mandarin version of the song was released as a single in China and Taiwan in late 1998 and can be found on their compilation album The Very Best of Puffy/amiyumi Jet Fever. A remix of this version is also on their 2003 remix album PRMX Turbo.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kore ga Watashi no Ikirumichi" (Monaural)
  2. "Yuki ga Furu Machi" (Unicorn cover)
  3. "Kore ga Watashi no Ikirumichi" (Stereo Karaoke)
  4. "Yuki ga Furu Machi" (Original Karaoke)

Chart performance[edit]

The song became the first Puffy single to debut at number 1, selling 402,920 copies that week (until date,[when?] Puffy's biggest first-week sales of a single); the track stayed for another two weeks at the top of the chart and became Puffy's longest reign at number one, selling 735,230 copies only in its first three weeks; it stayed nine non-consecutive weeks at the top 10. The song remained for 16 weeks on the chart and sold 1.566.060 copies, Puffy's biggest selling single. On the J-Wave chart, the song debuted at number 85 and in its fifth week peaked at number 12; it remained on the chart for 20 weeks, Puffy's longest run on the chart.

Oricon Sales Chart[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Japan (Oricon)[2] 1

J-Wave Airplay Chart[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
J-Wave Tokio Hot 100[3] 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Provider Certification
(sales thresholds)
Japan RIAJ Million[4]

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Kore ga watashi no ikiru michi" was featured in the games Donkey Konga 3 and Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
  • The song also featured in the pilot episode of the television series Heroes and a remix appeared in the French/Japanese action film Wasabi.
  • Parts of the song were notable for being used in a 1996 commercial for Japanese brand Tessera 'Juicy-Juicy' shampoo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oricon profile and interview (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Oricon Style
  3. ^ "Tokio Hot 100 Chart – 1996.11.3 (see "1996–11– 1")". J-Wave. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  4. ^ 一般社団法人 日本レコード協会 > 各種統計 > その他のデータ > 年度別ミリオンセラー一覧 > 1996年 "(RIAJ - Statistics - Other Data - List of million-certified compact discs by year - 1996)". riaj.or.jp (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 

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