Hitomi Arai releases a cover of the classic Studio Ghibli song ‘Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo’

1980s-inspired idol Hitomi Arai made her debut in 2019, with a nostalgic image that recalls a bygone era’s youthful innocence. On November 25, she released a cover of ‘Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo’ (‘Let’s Talk About the Old Days’).

Tokiko Kato made the song famous, a sensation in the 1980s, with songs like ‘Hyakuman Bon no Bara’ (‘A Million Roses’). Kato’s version was previously used as the ending song in the classic Studio Ghibli animated movie ‘Porco Rosso.’

The lyrics are about embracing your loved ones while pursuing your dreams and looking back on warm memories of the freedom of youth. This timeless, emotional song will win the hearts of all those who face the future while yearning for times past.

The jacket artwork is designed with a tasteful ’80s aesthetic, while Arai’s spectacular outfit pays homage to Madame Gina, the chanson singer in ‘Porco Rosso.’ The single will be available as a standalone CD or a set that includes the CD and a DVD with the music video and several live videos.

Music video teaser:

Ahead of the release, Arai commented:

In these uncertain times, sometimes we all need to stop and take stock, to look back at our past. To focus on the good times and the things that are important to each of us. I hope you’ll find it helpful to do this too. I can’t wait for you to hear my version of a song that is so dear to my heart.

Release details

Hitomi Arai Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo Cover 1

Format: CD single
Price: 1,100 yen (including tax)
Catalogue number: AVCD-94941

  1. Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo
  2. Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo (Instrumental)

Hitomi Arai Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo Cover 1

Format: CD + DVD set
Price: 3,300 yen (including tax)
Catalogue number: AVCD-94940/B

CD:

  1. Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo
  2. Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo (Instrumental)

DVD:

  1. Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo Music Video
  2. Hitomi Arai Live Video
    1. Hitomi, Kourin
    2. Koi no Mirage
    3. Delicate ni Suki shite
    4. Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo
    5. Toki ni wa Mukashi no Hanashi wo – Making Memories

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Hitomi Arai links:

Official website: https://avex.jp/araihitomi/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AraiHitomidesu