Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)

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"Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)"
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Single by My Little Lover
from the album Evergreen
Released August 21, 1995 (1995-08-21)
Format CD Single, digital download
Genre J-pop
Length 5:14
Label Toy's Factory
Songwriter(s) Kate, Kenji Fujii, Takeshi Kobayashi
Producer(s) My Little Lover, Kobayashi
My Little Lover singles chronology
"Shiroi Kite"
(1995)
"Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)"
(1995)
"Alice"
(1996)
"Shiroi Kite"
(1995)
"Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)"
(1995)
"Alice"
(1996)

"Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)" (Hello, Again ~昔からある場所~, "A Place That's Been There for Ages") is a song by Japanese band My Little Lover. It was released as a single on August 21, 1995,[1] and is currently the band's biggest hit single.[2]

Promotion[edit]

The song was used as the theme song for the Japanese drama Owaranai Natsu, starring Asaka Seto, Ryuichi Ohura and LaSalle Ishii.[1]

Versions[edit]

In My Little Lover's discography, "Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)" has been recorded in studio three times: the original, the acoustic version on Organic (2002) and the differently arranged acoustic version on Acoakko (2008). The original appears on the single, Evergreen (1995), Singles (2001) and the greatest hits disc of Akko (2006).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)" Kate, Kenji Fujii, Takeshi Kobayashi Kobayashi, My Little Lover 5:15
2. "Delicacy" Kate, Fujii Kobayashi, My Little Lover 5:46
3. "Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho) (Instrumental Version)" Kate, Fujii, Kobayashi Kobayashi, My Little Lover 5:11
Total length: 16:11

Chart rankings[edit]

Charts (1995) Peak
position
Oricon weekly singles[3] 1
Oricon yearly singles[4] 6
Charts (2010) Peak
position
RIAJ Digital Track Chart Top 100[5] 16

Certifications and sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[4] 1,850,000
RIAJ physical shipping certification[6] 1,000,000+

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Donna Ii Koto" by SMAP
Oricon Weekly number one single
September 25, 1995—October 2, 1995
Succeeded by
"Joy to the Love (Globe)" by Globe

Juju version[edit]

"Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)"
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Single by Juju
from the album Request
Released June 23, 2010 (2010-06-23)
Format CD Single, digital download
Genre J-pop
Length 5:12
Label Sony
Songwriter(s) Kate, Kenji Fujii, Takeshi Kobayashi
Producer(s) Akihisa Matsuura
Juju singles chronology
"Trust in You"
(2010)
"Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)"
(2010)
"Kono Yoru o Tomete yo"
(2010)
"Trust in You"
(2010)
"Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho)"
(2010)
"Kono Yoru o Tomete yo"
(2010)

Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho) was covered by Japanese R&B singer Juju in 2010, used in commercials for the Sony Alpha digital camera.[7] The cover was very popular, reaching #1 on RIAJ's Digital Track Chart,[8] causing the original to chart again[5] and prompted Juju to release a cover album of female Japanese vocalists' songs, Request.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks arranged by Akihisa Matsuura.

No. Title Length
1. "Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho) (Straight Cover)" 5:12
2. "Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho) (Ballad Ver.)" 5:46
3. "Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho) (Straight Cover) (Instrumental)" 5:12
4. "Hello, Again (Mukashi Kara Aru Basho) (Ballad Ver.) (Instrumental)" 5:16
Total length: 16:11

Chart rankings[edit]

Charts (2010) Peak
position
Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay[9] 13
Billboard Japan Hot 100[10] 19
Oricon weekly singles[11] 15
RIAJ Digital Track Chart weekly top 100[8] 1
RIAJ Digital Track Chart weekly top 100[12]
  • Ballad Version
23
RIAJ Digital Track Chart yearly top 100[13] 15

Certifications and sales[edit]

Chart Amount
Oricon physical sales[4] 23,000
RIAJ ringtone downloads[14] Double platinum (500,000+)
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[15] Double platinum (500,000+)

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Love Rain (Koi no Ame)" by Toshinobu Kubota
RIAJ Digital Track Chart number-one song
June 29, 2010
Succeeded by
"Sunshine Girl" by Moumoon

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Japan June 16, 2010 (2010-06-16)[16] Ringtone
June 23, 2010 (2010-06-23)[16] Cellphone download
July 14, 2010 (2010-07-14)[17] Ringtone (Ballad Ver.)
July 21, 2010 (2010-07-21)[17] Cellphone download (Ballad Ver.)
July 28, 2010 (2010-07-28)[11] CD single, PC download

Other cover versions[edit]

  • Mi (2008, album I Love Music: Mi Best Collection)
  • Runa Miyoshida (2007, album Pure Flavor #1: Color of Love)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hello,Again~昔からある場所~ – MY LITTLE LOVER". Joshin Web (in Japanese). Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ My Little Loverのシングル売り上げランキング. Oricon (in Japanese). Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hello,Again~昔からある場所~ - MY LITTLE LOVER/ オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  4. ^ a b c "オリコンランキング情報サービス「you大樹」". Oricon. Retrieved 2010-10-05.  (subscription only)
  5. ^ a b "レコード協会調べ 2010年06月09日~2010年06月15日 <略称:レコ協チャート(「着うたフル(R)」)>" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  6. ^ 年度別ミリオンセラー一覧 1995年. RIAJ (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-10-05. 
  7. ^ "ソニー 小型デジタル一眼カメラ "α" のCMソングを担当することが決定!!" (in Japanese). Sony. June 4, 2010. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue June 29, 2010" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Archived from the original on October 1, 2014. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  9. ^ "Japan Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay". Billboard. August 9, 2010. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. August 9, 2010. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Hello,Again~昔からある場所~ - JUJU (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  12. ^ "RIAJ Digital Track Chart: Chart issue July 27, 2010" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  13. ^ "レコード協会調べ 2009年12月16日~2010年12月14日「着うたフル(R)」 2010年有料音楽配信「年間チャート」(通称:レコ協チャート)" [Record Association Analysis: December 16, 2009—December 14, 2010 Full-length Cellphone Download 2010 paid digital sales "Yearly Chart" (Abbreviated: RIAJ Chart)] (PDF). RIAJ. December 20, 2010. Retrieved December 22, 2010. 
  14. ^ レコード協会調べ 10月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:10月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2010-11-22. 
  15. ^ レコード協会調べ 2月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:2月度認定> [Record Association report: February digital music download certifications (Abbreviation: February Certifications)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). March 25, 2011. Retrieved March 25, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "問合せ殺到のCMソング「Hello, Again ~昔からある場所~」6/16 着うた配信スタート決定!" (in Japanese). Sony. June 11, 2010. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "<JUJU>話題のマイラバカヴァー曲が生で聴ける!!!プレミアムイベント開催決定!!また、2010年上半期、最も街で流れた曲「桜雨」が堂々の1位!!" (in Japanese). Sony. July 15, 2010. Archived from the original on October 5, 2010. Retrieved October 5, 2010.