Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)

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"Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)"
Single by Alan
from the album Voice of Earth
ReleasedJuly 2, 2008
LabelAvex Trax
Songwriter(s)Kikuchi Kazuhito, Onuki Taeko
Producer(s)Sakamoto Ryuichi
Alan singles chronology
"Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)"
"Sora Uta"
Alternative cover
Voice of Earth track listing
16 tracks
  1. "Tennyo (Interlude)"
  2. "Ashita e no Sanka"
  3. "Sora Uta"
  4. "Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)"
  5. "Hitotsu"
  6. "Kaze no Tegami"
  7. "Brave"
  8. "Yume no Garden"
  9. "Gunjou no Tani"
  10. "My Friend"
  11. "Liberty"
  12. "Tsuki ga Watashi"
  13. "Red Cliff (Shin-Sen)"
  14. "Megumi no Ame"
  15. "Together" *
  16. "Red Cliff (Shin-Sen) (Modern Rock Version)" **
* First press bonus track
** Tower Records bonus CD

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"Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)" (懐かしい未来; stylized as ~longing future~) is a Japanese-language song by Chinese singer Alan, from her debut studio album Voice of Earth (2009). The song was produced by Sakamoto Ryuichi, composed by Kikuchi Kazuhito,[1] and its instrumental features Alan playing the erhu. "Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)" was released as a single on July 2, 2008, peaking at number nineteen on the Oricon charts.[2] The song is the first in Alan's five consecutive monthly singles representing five traditional elements, in which "Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)" represents earth in the Japanese Godai and the Tibetan Bön.

"Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)" was used as the theme song for the NHK eco project, Save the Future,[1] which was aired for three days around World Environment Day. The special was aired on all NHK channels and on the web to raise awareness of environmental issues, prior to the 34th G8 Summit hosted by Japan. It was also used as the theme song for Boku no Shima/Kanojo no Sango (僕の島/彼女のサンゴ; My Island/Her Corals), a TV movie featured in the special.

A choir version of "Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)" was sung by the Suginami Children's Choir and included on the single as "Gasshou [Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)]" (合唱).

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Kikuchi Kazuhito.

CD single:
1."Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)" (懐かしい未来 ~longing future~)Onuki TaekoKikuchi KazuhitoNakano Yuuta 
2."Seed of Green"Kato Kenn ats- 
3."Gasshou [Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)]" (合唱 【懐かしい未来 ~longing future~】; Choir)    
4."Natsukashii Mirai (Longing Future)" (Instrumental)    
5."Seed of Green" (Instrumental)    
Total length:25:48


Chart (2008) Peak
Japanese Singles Chart[2] 19


  1. 1.0 1.1 "懐かしい未来 ~longing future~ : alan : avex network". avex network. avex marketing Inc. Archived from the original on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "alanのCDシングルランキング、alanのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon Style. Oricon Inc. Retrieved 1 August 2012.

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