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Monday, February 17, 2014

Kohmi Hirose -- Mafuyu no Kaeri Michi (真冬の帰り道)

(karaoke version)

The Queen of Winters came up with another chipper winner of the season with "Mafuyu no Kaeri Michi" (Mid-Winter Road Home) right from New Year's Day 1997. Although thousands of people in the Northern Hemisphere in 2014 have been going through Hell getting home this winter, I think Kohmi Hirose(広瀬香美) had something far more cheerful in mind when she created this song as the woman in it goes through entire flights of fantasy about the ideal date as she's heading home via the subway. Perhaps the lyrics don't have that image of skiing but that didn't stop the Alpen company from once again using one of her tunes as a commercial jingle. For me, the refrain is the standout part of the song.

The above is just an excerpt of the official music video for "Mafuyu". The song peaked at No. 10 on Oricon. Considering all of the meteorological calamities that have piling up here, the US and Japan, a little happy winter song is in order.

And here is an early 90s Alpen commercial with a Hirose song.

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