The video was directed by Kazuaki Kiriya（紀里谷和明） who would become Utada's husband a year later; it was this crazy mix of "Star Wars: The Phantom Menace", "Galaxy Express 999" and an insane TV test pattern. The song and video came out in November 2001, and I distinctly remember the morning the news came out about "Traveling". I was watching the Fuji-TV morning show, "Mezamashi Terebi", and my clone, entertainment reporter Shinichi Karube first broke the story about this new Utada song. Saw the clip of the video....I have to say it's never good to see such vivid colours that early in the morning. My cereal got so soggy that it actually melted into the milk. It was definitely different from anything I had seen Utada in before.
"Traveling"was written and composed by Utada as a song with which she wanted to get some cheer out of her audience, according to the J-Wiki writeup. It certainly got everyone talking. And Utada has been noted as saying the video increased her enjoyment of the song by several times. It hit No. 1, became the 2nd-ranked song of 2002, and sold a little over 850,000 copies. It was also a track on Utada's 3rd album, "Deep River", released in June 2002. It sold over 3 million copies to become the top album of the year, and it currently is the 8th-ranking album in sales in Japanese history.