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Namidairo CD.jpg
Single by Yui
from the album I Loved Yesterday
ReleasedFebruary 27, 2008
FormatCD single
LabelSony Music Japan
Songwriter(s)Yui (lyrics & music)
Producer(s)Hisashi Kondo
Yui singles chronology
"Love & Truth"
"Summer Song"

"Namidairo" is the eleventh single by Japanese pop singer-songwriter Yui. The single was released on February 27, 2008. The title song is a tie-up for the TV drama, 4 Shimai Tantei Dan.

Background and writing[edit]

Yui began writing the lyrics soon after her concert at Nippon Budokan on November 19, 2007. In an interview with Excite on February 2008, she revealed the melody of the chorus was actually from her second single, Tomorrow's Way, but she only wrote it halfway.[1] She completed the song by including new A and B melodies, and the lyrics.

Although told to write the theme song for the drama, she had the consent to write as she wished.[1] Consequently, Yui tried not to put all the emphasis on "love", as was the main theme of 4 Shimai Tantei Dan, but on relationships between individuals as well.

The title, "Namidairo" (ナミダイロ), in Japanese literally means "tear-colored", but was officially translated as "the color of tears". Yui used this phrase to mean the crying of the heart, but she also said listeners will likely decide on their own meaning for the word.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Takahiro Miki.[2] It begins with Yui playing guitar in a room. From thereon, the video cuts to Yui walking down a street or riding a bus alone, sitting in a telephone booth, or back to the room. The video ends with Yui in the telephone booth looking outward at floating lines of light.

Track listing[edit]

Normal Edition

All tracks written by Yui.

2."I Wanna Be..."northa+ 
3."Love & Truth ~Yui Acoustic Version~"Yui & northa+ 
4."Namidairo ~Instrumental~"northa+ 
Limited Edition

Normal Edition + DVD

1."Namidairo" (Music Video) 
2."Umbrella" (Unreleased video from live DVD Thank You My Teens) 

Oricon sales chart (Japan)[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
February 27, 2008 Oricon Daily Singles Chart 3
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 3 81,730 115,168 10 weeks
Oricon Monthly Singles Chart 5
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 61

"Namidairo" has been certified gold by RIAJ for shipment of 100,000 copies in Japan.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "YUI こころが"なみだいろ"に染まる時" (in Japanese). excite. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  2. ^ "Namidairo". Space Shower TV (in Japanese). Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  3. ^ ゴールド等認定作品一覧 2008年03月 [Works Receiving Certifications List (Gold, etc) (February 2008)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). Retrieved August 17, 2011.