Well, it's neither Urban Contemporary Friday nor summer in the northern hemisphere but I figure that some of us here could use a bit of the hot season and some body-stimulating groove as we get into the early days of February. After all, we're still several weeks away from any hint of spring.
I found perhaps what could be one of the rarest of the rare. From what I could understand from the information listed at disques blue-very, there was a 1982 compilation LP titled "Ocean Paradise", consisting of the works of six local seaside Shonan acts. Many years later, one of those acts' two contributions to the album were released as a special 7" single in 2017.
Yuuji Goto（後藤ゆうじ）provided "Te no Hira ni Himawari no Natsu" (A Sunflower Summer in the Palm of Your Hand) as his first tune. With Goto and Kazuhiro Watanabe（渡辺一弘）providing lyrics along with the former also taking care of the melody and Yuuji Toriyama（鳥山雄司）behind the arrangement, "Te no Hira ni Himawari no Natsu" has got that familiar and comfortable City Pop beat thanks to the keyboards involved. The overall effect, though, is more Tokyo than Shonan (although Tokyo currently has its bayside community of Odaiba). You may as well shake up those cocktails right now.
Goto's B-side on that 7" single is "Misty Moonlight", a laidback reggae-pop mixture that was created by the same guys behind Side A. Now, this is probably music for a relaxing sit-down by the Shonan beach. It's also been labeled as a sub-genre called Japanese Lovers' Rock. As for what happened to Goto since 1982, I have no idea. For that matter, I'd like to know who that female singer is with her cameo appearance in "Misty Moonlight".