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ReleasedMarch 21, 2002 (2002-03-21)
Genre J-pop, Shima uta, traditional
Label Victor Entertainment
Rimi Natsukawa chronology
Tida: Tida Kaji nu Umui
Singles from Minamikaze
  1. "Nada Sōsō"
    Released: March 23, 2001

Minamikaze (南風, South Wind) is Rimi Natsukawa's debut EP, released on March 21, 2002, [1] consisting of covers of Okinawan songs.



The EP was released after three singles, but only her hit single "Nada Sōsō" features. The album consists of six covers and an original track (Natsukawa's full-length debut album Tida: Tida Kaji nu Umui , released six months later, also followed this pattern).

Song sources

Other than "Nada Sōsō," two other tracks are associated with the Okinawan band Begin who composed the track. "Irayoi Tsukiyohama" (a Yasukatsu Ōjima cover) had its music written by band vocalist Eishō Higa, and has been recorded by the band. "Hana," a Shoukichi Kina song, was recorded by the band on their "Nada Sōsō" single (released a year prior to Natsukawa's version).

"Warabigami" is a Misako Koja cover, "Ōgon no Hana" is a Nenes cover and "Tinsagu nu Hana" is a traditional Okinawan folk song.

Track listing

1."Nada Sōsō (涙そうそう, Great Tears Are Spilling)" Begin, Ryoko Moriyama Seiichi Kyōda 4:20
2."Warabigami (童神)" Misako Koja, Kazuya Sahara Chuei Yoshikawa 5:10
3."Ōgon no Hana (黄金の花, Green Gold Flower)" Osami Okamoto, Sadao China Yoshikawa4:49
4."Irayoi Tsukiyohama (イラヨイ月夜浜, Treasured Moonlit Beach)" Yasukatsu Ōjima, Eishō Higa Yoshikawa5:42
5."Tinsagu nu Hana (てぃんさぐぬ花, Balsam Flowers)"TraditionalYoshikawa4:34
6."Hana (, Flowers)" Shoukichi Kina Yoshikawa6:23
7."Nada Sōsō (Uchiāguchi Version) (涙そうそう(ウチナーグチ・バージョン), Okinawan Version)" Begin, Moriyama, Toshiaki Arashiro Yoshikawa4:16

Japan sales rankings

ReleaseChartPeak positionFirst week salesSales total
March 21, 2002Oricon Weekly Albums Chart373,290370,953

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