Junjou Koushinkyoku (純情行進曲; A Marching Song for Self-Sacrificing Devotion) is Nakazawa Yuko's third single. It was released on June 9, 1999.
The single reached #29 on the weekly Oricon charts and charted for six weeks. It sold 10,630 copies in its first week and 26,820 copies over all.
Tracklist[edit | edit source]
- Junjou Koushinkyoku
- Heisei Rhapsody (平成ラプソディー)
- Junjou Koushinkyoku (Original Karaoke)
- Heisei Rhapsody (Original Karaoke)
Single Information[edit | edit source]
- Junjou Koushinkyoku
- Heisei Rhapsody
Concert Performances[edit | edit source]
- Junjou Koushinkyoku
- Morning Musume Memory ~Seishun no Hikari~ 1999.4.18
- Morning Musume Summer Event '99
- Hello! Project '99
- Morning Musume Summer-Autumn Event '99
- LIVE!! Summer Nite Town 99
- Hello! Project Happy New Year 2000
Oricon Chart Positions[edit | edit source]
Total Reported Sales: 26,820
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Heisei was the era in Japan spanning from 1989 to 2019.
- When this single was announced, Nakazawa went on an enka campaign, where she teamed up with fellow UP-FRONT artist Yanagisawa Junko, and they both recorded their own versions of the single. A limited edition of the single was also released, where Nakazawa sang the main chorus and Yanagisawa sang a few lines and the chorus. Yanagisawa would also join Nakazawa in the H!P 99 concert that year. Their performance however was cut from the VHS release. (But she can be seen singing Zurui Onna at the end).
- ASAYAN aired a segment on June 8th, 1999, showing what went on before and during the recording of this single. In the last episode, Nakazawa was invited to meet Horiuchi Takao, her mentor in enka, on a short notice. As she went to see him in a hurry, she was nervous because she thought he was going to give her verbal discipline. On contrary to her bad vibe, he simply needed to ask Nakazawa a couple of favors. He asked if she was willing to let Yanagisawa Junko sing "Junjou Koushinkyoku". He also asked Nakazawa if she would come out for a joint photo-shoot for the promotional poster. Nakazawa gladly accepted the favors, and headed for the photo-shoot.
Interviews[edit | edit source]
|"Landing the best position on enka chart was definitely the best part. I was featured on many music TV shows too, and I am very thankful for that. Inaba Atsuko came out to my promotional events, so I was feeling a big pressure like, “Well, if I put this much efforts, not getting the first place on top chart will be a huge problem.” […] after being
supported by so many people and receiving so many expectations, I would’ve hated myself for a bad result, for not being able to do them a big favor. So that’s why I was very pleased when I won the first place."
Nakazawa said in an interview in late 1999:
"As Yuko Nakazawa, my most memorable event was the fact that 'Junjo Koushinkyoku' landed the number 1 position on enka hit chart", upon where the interviewer says: "I think rather than landing on the number 1 position, remaining there for a while was actually more impressive." Nakazawa’s answer: 'Yes, I was a bit surprised by that too.'"
Nakazawa said in an interview in 2008:
"This is a popular enka/kayokyoku song among the crowds because of its light beat filled with Showa-era’s sound and mood. But to be honest, once again, I hated this song! When I see the photo of the CD cover, I look pretty. The color is very nicely arranged and the modern kimono design is nicely done as well, like the floral ornament right here. Now that I see it again, I can honestly say, “Wow, I look so pretty.” But back then, I really hated it. What I hated the most was the flower on my head. As you can see, the flower is placed on the side of my face. But the original plan was to place it on the center of my head. (lol) They tried it, and it looked really weird. But I was in no place to object the stylist’s decision so I kept that opinion to myself. The stylist/hair-makeup for this photo shoot was a very famous person. And the direction she received was to try something new and interesting even though it was an enka song’s CD cover. I was nearly without any make-up on. And what I hated about my face was the fact that I barely had any natural eyebrows.[…] Because I wasn’t able to tell my make-up artist directly, I quietly begged my manager/agent, “Please, I beg you to tell her, I seriously need my eyebrows. And as for the flower on my head, I think the way she placed it make me look ugly and silly…” (lol) So the flower’s position was changed, and make-up was changed, and my eyebrow was added, and the photo shoot ended successfully. […] I look so cute in this photo, right? But back then I couldn’t understand a thing. If that hair/makeup/stylist person was watching this DVD, I would like to apologize for my past behavior. I was immature and ignorant, and maybe my attitude wasn’t too pleasant either, but when I see this photo now, it is such a wonderful piece of art, and I thank you for your amazing work that you did to me. Thank you very much."
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
中澤裕子- Solo debut The 10th anniversary SPECIAL DVD
External Links[edit | edit source]
- Discography: Hello! Project (archived), UP-FRONT WORKS, Tsunku.net
- Wikipedia: Japanese
- Lyrics: Junjou Koushinkyoku, Heisei Rhapsody
|Singles||1. Karasu no Nyoubou | 2. Odaiba Moonlight Serenade | 3. Junjou Koushinkyoku | 4. Shanghai no Kaze | 5. Kuyashi Namida Porori | 6. Futari Gurashi | 7. Tokyo Bijin | 8. GET ALONG WITH YOU | 9. Genki no Nai Hi no Komoriuta / Nagaragawa no Hare | 10. DO MY BEST | 11. Urara | 12. Danna-sama|
|Albums||Original: 1. Nakazawa Yuko Dai Isshou | 2. Dai Nisshou ~Tsuyogari~|
Collaborations: 1. FOLK SONGS | 2. Folk Songs 2 | 3. Together!
|DVDs||Video Collections: Nakazawa Yuko Single M Clips ①|
Concerts: LIVE & TALK TOUR 2002 Shinshi wa Mini ga Osuki! at studio DREAM MAKER
|Units & Other Acts|
|Associated Acts||Morning Musume | Akagumi 4 | H.P. All Stars | Puripuri Pink | Afternoon Musume | Dream Morning Musume | Ganbarou Nippon Ai wa Katsu Singers|