I had a commenter ask me about this song by Seiko Matsuda（松田聖子）, and I have to admit that I certainly took my sweet little time putting this one up considering it's one of the standout songs I first heard on the album, "Train" which I got down at Wah Yueh in the form of an old-fashioned LP back in the late 80s. I knew about "Rock N' Rouge" and "Akai Sweet Pea"（赤いスイートピー）of course but "Himitsu no Hanazono" (The Secret Flower Garden) was something new for me.
Now, at the time I purchased "Train", I was still only about 5 years into my blooming interest in Japanese popular music, so I didn't know about the fact that the album featured the best of Seiko's hits created by lyricist Takashi Matsumoto（松本隆）and composer Karuho Kureta（呉田軽穂）, and it would literally be decades before I found out that Kureta was the pseudonym of one Yumi Matsutoya（松任谷由実）. But I did know that the music on this BEST album was indeed some of Seiko-chan's finest.
The same goes for "Himitsu no Hanazono" which stood out to me for its seeming combination of a wonderland-like environment and a down-to-earth summer resort. The individual verses contain that melody of a princess' life in a castle in some unnamed European country while the refrain (Moonlight magic...) suddenly gets that beat and mellow trumpet which struck me as being Resort Pop. Then there is the instrumental bridge which just soars into this sophisticated dance party, complete with ballroom gowns. Whichever environment it is, though, there is that feeling of flying into that much-desired land away from gray office buildings and crowded subways.
Lyrically, Matsumoto's words could also belong in either real or fantastical universe. Is the protagonist a bored and spunky princess doing something sneaky with her chosen Prince Charming or is she a university student rebelling against Mom and taking off to Hakone with her secret boyfriend? Again, it was all good for me. "Himitsu no Hanazono" struck me as being a cut above the usual aidoru tune and maybe even a cut above a Matsumoto/Kureta collaboration.