Onna no Michi

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"Onna no Michi"
Single by Shiro Miya & Pinkara Trio
from the album Onna no Michi
B-side "Okinawa no Hito"
Released May 10, 1972 (1972-05-10)
Format 7" single
Genre Enka
Length 4:33
Label Nippon Columbia
Songwriter(s) Shiro Miya (lyric)
Hiroshi Namiki (music)
Shiro Miya & Pinkara Trio singles chronology
"Onna no Michi"
"Onna no Negai"
"Onna no Michi"
"Onna no Negai"

"Onna no Michi" (女のみち?, lit. "The Way of a Woman") is the debut single by Shiro Miya & Pinkara Trio released on May 10, 1972 in Japan. The lyrics are simple, but sad. The song is written about a woman who devoted herself to her only man but was deserted by him and was crying. The single became a mega-hit song and had been recognized as the best-selling song in Japan until "Oyoge! Taiyaki-kun" was released.[1]

The song holds an all-time consecutive number-one record to spend 16 consecutive weeks at the number-one position on the Oricon single charts.[2] In Japan, it was the best selling single in 1972 with over 1.3 million copies[3] and held the rank in the next year with over 1.8 million copies.[4] The song was charted for 84 weeks on the Oricon charts.[5] In total it sold over 3.25 million copies and is the second best selling single in Japan according to the Oricon.[6] It is also the best selling enka.[7]

Their album Onna no Michi also reached at the number-one position on the Oricon charts.[8]


  1. ^ "'70s fish snack tune 'Taiyaki-kun' leaps again up the sales chart". The Japan Times. 2008-03-26. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  2. ^ EXILEが1000曲目オリコンチャート1位の歴史 (in Japanese). zakzak. 2007-03-01. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
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  4. ^ "YEAR 1973". Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  5. ^ シングル主流の70年代、高度経済成長時代の後に見え始めた新トレンド (in Japanese). Oricon. 2005-05-31. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  6. ^ "SMAP「世界に一つだけの花」、 シングル売上歴代9位に!!" (in Japanese). Oricon. 2004-08-03. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  7. ^ Michito Goda. 宮史郎 (in Japanese). Michito Goda Official Website. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  8. ^ 関ジャニ∞、初のアルバム初登場1位! (in Japanese). Oricon. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
Preceded by
"Niji o Watatte" by Mari Amachi
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart number-one single
October 30, 1972 – February 12, 1973 (16 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Gakuseigai no Kissaten" by Garo