Hatsukoi (Yuki Saito song)

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"Hatsukoi
初戀"
Cover of EP release of Hatsukoi.
Cover of EP release of Hatsukoi.
Single by Yuki Saito
from the album Garasu no Kodō
A-side Hatsukoi
B-side Umi no Ehagaki
Released August 21, 1985 (1985-08-21)
Format 7-inch single
Genre J-pop
Length 3:38
Label Canyon Records
Yuki Saito singles chronology
Shiroi Honō
(1985)
Hatsukoi
(1985)
Jōnetsu
(1985)

Hatsukoi (初戀?, lit. "First Love") is the third single by Japanese pop singer Yuki Saito. It was released August 21, 1985 by Canyon Records together with "Umi no Ehagaki" (海の絵葉書?, lit. "Ocean Picture Postcard"). It was ranked #4 on two charts and #5 on another.

History[edit]

"Hatsukoi" was released on August 21, 1985 as a 7-inch single vinyl record through Canyon Records. The single reached #4 on both the Oricon and The Hitchart Hot 30 charts,[1][2] and #5 on The Best Ten chart. The B-side release was "Umi no Ehagaki". Both songs had lyrics written by Takashi Matsumoto, with Kyōhei Tsutsumi composing the songs and Satoshi Takebe arranging them.[notes 1]

The single sold 162,000 copies and included a small foldout pinup poster featuring Saito in a yukata. It was later rereleased as a mini CD single on April 29, 1988.[2]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1985) Release Peak
position
Oricon "Hatsukoi/Umi no Ehagaki" 4
The Hitchart Hot 30 "Hatsukoi/Umi no Ehagaki" 4
The Best Ten "Hatsukoi/Umi no Ehagaki" 5

Track listing[edit]

EP (catalog #7A0508)
CD single (catalog #S10A0033, released April 29, 1988)
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Hatsukoi" (初戀) Takashi Matsumoto Kyōhei Tsutsumi (composer)
Satoshi Takebe (arranger)
3:38
2. "Umi no Ehagaki" (海の絵葉書) Takashi Matsumoto Kyōhei Tsutsumi (composer)
Satoshi Takebe (arranger)
4:15
Total length:
7:53

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ These individuals are all listed on the album cover as well as the label on the vinyl EP itself.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 初戀 [Hatsukoi] (in Japanese). Oricon. October 12, 2009. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b シングル - 斉藤由貴 非公式ホームページ [Singles - Yuki Saito Unofficial Homepage] (in Japanese). 内藤佑輔. Retrieved January 17, 2013.