Came across this cute little ditty by Mariko Kurata（倉田まり子）a few days ago so I decided to write about it. "HOW! Wonderful" was Kurata's 3rd single from August 1979 written by Michio Yamagami（山上路夫）and composed by Shunichi Tokura（都倉俊一）, and unlike the first Kurata song that I wrote about, the more introspective "Sayonara Rainy Station"（さよならレイニー・ステーション）, "HOW! Wonderful" is a pretty genki song which wouldn't surprise me if anyone else termed it an aidoru tune.
The happy-go-lucky song has that feeling of a summery walk down at the park with Kurata sporting a twirling parasol, a fashion accessory that very much still has a place in Japanese society, especially when the sun is firing down during the torrid months of July and August. In a way, the tune almost sounds like a prototype for the aidoru songs for the early 1980s.