Kore ga Watashi no Ikiru Michi

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"Kore ga watashi no ikiru michi"
Single by Puffy
from the album Jet-CD
Released 1996
Format CD single
Genre J-pop
Puffy singles chronology
"Asia no junshin"
"Kore ga watashi no ikiru michi"
"Circuit no musume"

"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
Japan (Oricon)[2] 1

J-Wave Airplay Chart[edit]

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


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

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Kore ga watashi no ikiru michi" was featured in the Japan-only games Donkey Konga 3 and Rayman Raving Rabbids 2.
    • A chiptune rendition also appeared in the Japan-only Sega Pico game Minna de Karaoke! Issho ni Utaou Suki na Uta!.
  • 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.


  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)" Check |url= scheme (help). riaj.or.jp (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved June 21, 2010. 

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