Yasashii Kimochi

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"Yasashii Kimochi"
Chara Yasashii.jpg
Single by Chara
from the album Junior Sweet
B-side Junior Sweet
Released April 23, 1997 (1997-04-23)
Format CD Single
Genre Trip hop, alternative pop
Length 3:29
Label Sony Music Japan
Writer(s) Chara
Producer(s) Zentarō Watanabe
Chara singles chronology
Chara no Boogie Shoes with The 99 1/2
(1996)
Yasashii Kimochi
(1997)
Time Machine (1997)

Yasashii Kimochi (やさしい気持ち, Kind Feelings?) is a song by Chara, released as the first single from her 1997 album Junior Sweet.[1] The song was used in a Shiseido commercial for their 'Tessera J' range. The B-side of this single, Junior Sweet, was also used in these commercials.

The song debuted at #10 on Oricon charts.[2] Four weeks later, it reached its peak of #7.[3] It stayed on the charts for 16 weeks,[4] eventually selling approximately 520,000 copies.[5]

When the Junior Sweet was released, the song featured as a different version with a drawn-out introduction, labelled the Shiawase Version (しあわせ・ヴァージョン, Happy Version?).

In 2009, the pop/hiphop duo Halcali heavily sampled Yasashii Kimochi in their single Re:Yasashii Kimochi[6] The new lyrics written by Halcali and their producer Pal@pop,[7] act as an 'answer song' to the original lyrics.

Music video[edit]

Chara in the music video.

The music video was shot by directorial pair Blaine & Justin.[8] It centres around three differently dressed Charas. One is a white haired 'mannequin' who bangs a drum, one is a regularly dressed one who rides a merry-go-round, and the other is a dark-haired official who operates the ride. The video ends with the white haired Chara lit in blue with green antlers behind her.

As of December 10, 2009 the music video for Yasashii Kimochi has been viewed more than 846,000 times on popular video-sharing website YouTube.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Single[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Arranger Length
1. "Yasashii Kimochi (やさしい気持ち, Kind Feelings?)" Chara Zentarō Watanabe 3:29
2. "Junior Sweet" Chara, Shinichi Osawa Shinichi Osawa 6:27

Chart Rankings[edit]

Oricon Charts (Japan)[edit]

Release Chart Peak Position First Week Sales Sales Total Chart Run
April 23, 1997 (1997-04-23) Oricon Daily Singles Chart
Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 7 65,500 878,150 16 weeks
Oricon Yearly Singles Chart 56

Cover versions[edit]

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