Naki Usagi
CD cover
Single by Maeda Yuki
from the album Maeda Yuki Zenkyoku Shuu ~Kenchana~
Native title 鳴きうさぎ
Released April 21, 2000
Genre Enka
Format CD, cassette tape
Length 22:22
Label Teichiku Records
Maeda Yuki Singles Chronology
Next Tokyo You Turn 2nd single (2001)
Other Covers
Cassette cover

Naki Usagi (鳴きうさぎ; Crying Rabbit) is Maeda Yuki's debut single, released on the renowned enka record label Teichiku Records on April 21th, 2000.


Yuki Maeda won a singing contest in 1994, where the grand prize was to have famous enka singer Hiroshi Itsuki as your producer (manager?). Maeda won this competition, but due to studies she only participated on a compilation album of his in 1995.

In April of 2000 she started having semi-regular appearances on the infotainment show «Idol wo Sagase» (hosted by Hello! Project singers Yuko Nakazawa and Michiyo Heike). It was also announced that she would debut as an enka singer within H!P, with Kaori Iida as her manager (mentor?). They met on April 4th, and Maeda released her single three weeks after this. The next day she performed her debut song in front of Itsuki for the first time. This was at a concert of his, called the Furusato Concert 2000, “Hiroshi Itsuki’s Charity Concert”.

Her first televised performance was on the 30th, where she performed the song on the infotainment show Hello! Morning (hosted by Morning Musume). In May and June, she started a promotional tour of «Naki Usagi», where she went to six cities to promote the single. If you attended one of her events for the release of the single, you’d get a sticker.

It didn’t chart the Oricon music charts, but the song was #5 on the most requested list on the enka radio station.


  1. Naki Usagi
  2. Naki Usagi (Original Karaoke)
  3. Naki Usagi (Ippan You Mello Iri Karaoke) (一般用メロ入りカラオケ)
  4. Honki de Shikatte (本気で叱って; Scold Me Like You Mean It)
  5. Honki de Shikatte (Original Karaoke)

Concert PerformancesEdit

  1. Naki Usagi

Single InformationEdit

  1. Naki Usagi
  2. Honki de Shikatte

External LinksEdit

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