|Released||March 21, 2002|
|Genre||J-pop, Shima uta, traditional|
|Rimi Natsukawa chronology|
|Singles from Minamikaze|
Minamikaze (南風, South Wind) is Rimi Natsukawa's debut EP, released on March 21, 2002, 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).
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.
|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||Yoshikawa||4:49|
|4.||"Irayoi Tsukiyohama (イラヨイ月夜浜, Treasured Moonlit Beach)"||Yasukatsu Ōjima, Eishō Higa||Yoshikawa||5:42|
|5.||"Tinsagu nu Hana (てぃんさぐぬ花, Balsam Flowers)"||Traditional||Yoshikawa||4:34|
|6.||"Hana (花, Flowers)"||Shoukichi Kina||Yoshikawa||6:23|
|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||Yoshikawa||4:16|
|Release||Chart||Peak position||First week sales||Sales total|
|March 21, 2002||Oricon Weekly Albums Chart||37||3,290||370,953|
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