Ishii promoting the album

Ishii promoting the album

Aoi Kuma (あおいくま; Blue Bear) is Ishii Rika's major debut album. It was released on September 3rd, 2010.

Out of the eleven tracks on the album, only three of the songs are new. "Akai Tsuki" can be found on the single "Fuyu no Ashioto", "Rainbow Rain" on the compilation album "( Presents) Such A Beautiful Girl Like You", "Kokoro" can be found on the single "Ao", and "Niji-iro no Kutsu" can be found on the single "Niji-iro Button". These songs are probably re-recorded and re-arranged.

The album title comes from a phrase her father taught her. She said in a 2014 interview: "This phrase that my father taught me has always given me strength, 'aoi kuma': Aseranai (Don’t panic), Okarani (Don’t get angry), Ibaranai (Don’t be prideful), Kusaranai (Don’t despair), Makenai (Don’t give up). With these words in my heart, I will continue to devote myself to bringing songs to you."

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

  1. Boku no Michi (僕の道; My Path)
  2. Wedding Story
  3. Kimi no Sora e Utai Tsudzuku (君の空へ詩いつづく; The Poem Continues to Your Sky)
  4. Akai Tsuki
  5. "Anata ga Itsumo Kokoro no Soko Kara Tanoshimeru Koto wo Negattemasu." (「あなたがいつもこころの底から楽しめることを願ってます。」; "I Hope from the Bottom of My Heart That You Can Always Enjoy.")
  6. Rainbow Rain
  7. Lose of Control
  8. Kokoro
  9. Nana-iro no Kutsu
  10. You no Ataru Hou e (陽のあたるほうへ; Toward You (standing) in the Sunshine)
  11. Hibiki (響き; Echo)

Album Information[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • First-press edition came housed in a special paper package.
  • "Boku no Michi" was used as theme song for Asahi University; "Wedding Story" and "Kimi no Sora e Utaitsudzuku" were used in commercials for Akita View Hotel, and "Anata ga Itsumo Kokoro no Soko Kara Tanoshimeru Koto wo Negattemasu." was used in a commercial for Nippon Game Card. It is the first time these songs have been released on CD.
  • A promo CD+DVD (not for sale) with the title "Stella Wedding Day" was issued in 2010, and was distributed in small quantities for Akita View Hotel in connection with the provision of the songs made for their commercials.

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Ishii Rika
Singles As Peachy: 1. Super Jet Shoes ~Mirai wo Aruku Kutsu~ | 2. Snow Paradise | 3. Yumemiru Chikara
Indie: 1. Kotoshima | 2. Ao | 3. blue
Event: 1. Kimi wo Sagashiteru | 2. Kagetsu Yoru | 3. Fuyu no Ashioto | 4. Nijiiro Button
Major: Chinrenka
Albums Original: 1. Aoi Kuma | 2. Slow Love | 3. La mer
Collaborations The Douyou Pops 1 Christmas to Fuyu no Uta Shuu | The Douyou Pops 2 Haru no Uta Shuu | Folk Songs 2 | The Douyou Pops 3 Natsu no Uta Shuu | Morning Musume Single Medley ~Hawaiian~ | Hawaiian de Kiku Morning Musume Single Collection | The Douyou Pops 4 Aki no Uta Shuu | Shinsaku Douyou Pops 1
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts Odoru♡11
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