Kaoru Amane’s Taiyou no Uta

by Rinoa on September 24, 2006 · 257 comments · AddThis

Taiyou no Uta single promo
Promotional photoshoot for Taiyou no Uta single
Artist: Kaoru Amane (Sawajiri Erika)
Product Code: SRCL-6407~9
Release date: 2006.08.30
Debut Ranking: #2
Peak Ranking: #1
First Press: Photobook, bonus DVD and bonus tracks
Label: Sony Music

Sawajiri Erika has been in the Japanese entertainment industry for quite a while. Since 1999, she’s been signed up with a talent promotions company, Stardust. This company is one of the largest and prominent agency in Japan. She was fairly popular and took part in various variety shows. However she only started attracting the widespread attention of the Japanese audience with her outstanding performance as Ikeuchi Aya in 1 Litre of Tears, in 2005. This dorama attracted many people internationally for its moving and heart-rendering plot.

She is rapidly becoming a household name as a multi-talented entertainer within the Japanese by starring in the movie PACCHIGI! and getting two supporting roles in two movies, one being the highly anticipated Shinobi in 2005. In 2006 Erika acted in five other movies in 2006. Her most recent role was in the dorama adaptation of ‘Taiyou no Uta’. Erika portrayed Kaoru Amane, a young girl who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Xeroderma pigmentosum. This disorder makes it impossible for Kaoru to be exposed to sunlight and thus she only goes out at night. In the nights, she performs outside as a street musician.

Taiyou no Uta promo
Taiyou no Uta promo photo

This dorama seemed to have the same ingredients that led to the success of ‘1 Litre of Tears’. Erika again portrays the part of a terminally ill teenager, who tries to live her life as fully as possible. However this dorama, rather than focusing on the disease and her family, but more onto her dreams, friendships and her complex relationship with Kouji. However one will definately notice that Erika’s role for both characters is of a strong and determined person, who wants to live their life to their fullest.

The dorama, ‘Taiyou no Uta’ wasn’t as popular as many expected it to be. The viewership rating of 10.26%, was quite average and satisfactory. However it seemed to have too many parallels with previous doramas, with a similar theme to attract widespread attention. Nonetheless, Erika still seemed to manage a lot of attention in a quite different manner. The character of ‘Kaoru Amane’, is that of an aspiring singer and as a side project for this dorama, Erika has released a single with Kaoru’s fictional compositions.

Sony created a special website, dedicated only to Kaoru Amane. It was specially constructed, as if Kaoru was a real artist, making her debut. The content on this website was quite detailed, with a gorgeous layout, a photo gallery and extra goodies, such as guitar tabs for her songs. These guitar tabs can be downloaded for free for any guitar players. Seems that the original intention was simply to bring the dorama to life and thus gaining a bigger audience. Nonetheless it seems the opposite results happened. This single sold extremely well and gained a huge fanbase.

Overall it sold 339,936 copies and the sales show no signs of slowing down. Up till the present date, after four weeks, this single has been securing a very high position and keeps on conquering the top spots, beating many strong competitors. She is also the first actress-turned-singer to enter the ORICON Top 3 since Hirosue Ryoko in April 1997 and the first female singer releasing under a fictional name from a drama to enter Top 3 since September 2000’s Kanno Miho. She also ranks second among the female artists who released a single so far in 2006.

It’s hard to define why and how this single is doing so well. The single didn’t have a lot of promotion, yet Sony made sure to provide a very exciting package and create the image of Kaoru Amane within this single to the point that Erika is barely mentioned. This marketing strategy was quite interesting and successful. In the end it’s possible that the hype of Kaoru Amane built up in the beginning by YUI, made this single so successful while Erika is currently riding the wave. Yet it’s also possible that Erika’s excellent acting and attractive appearance within this dorama that did attract such a huge fanbase because YUI’s single wasn’t extremely successful. Nonetheless it could be that people were drawn to this dorama character who came to life to live her dream.


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1. Taiyou no Uta

This song starts off slowly with a guitar solo, which slowly opens up into a more powerful intro with other musical instruments typically used in bands. Kaoru’s vocals aren’t especially powerful but they seem to have the characteristic of sounding clear and emotional, especially during the chorus. The chorus is especially quite beautiful, the melody is so emotional and heart-rending, that one cannot help but be moved by this song.

The use of an acoustic guitar and electric guitar were used in the same song, and surprisingly they blended really well with each other. To fill the gaps by giving this ballad a more emotional edge, strings were used. This made the song sound more soothing and soften the ‘harder’ drumset accompaniment. The electric guitar is rather toned down in order to allow Kaoru’s weak vocal to stand out.

This song also boasts of an enchanting composition and artistic and emotional lyrics. The lyrics speak about how Kaoru hid herself from the light and how she was afraid to discover different emotions because she feared she would get hurt and how Kouji gave her light and colour in her life. The lyrics and composition were done by Maika Shiratori.

The fictional band which was used within the dorama was called “Moon Child”, inspired by Kaoru’s genetic disorder. This band consisted of a keyboard, a bass, electric guitar, a drumset and a vocalist. Kouji and his friends played the instruments after being inspired by Kouji playing his guitar, while Kaoru is the vocalist. This song certainly has a ‘band’ feeling, although it also has a definite ’studio’ feel, as if the original song was modified by a recording company to make it sound more professional and having a marketing quality.

However this song has some flaws. Kaoru’s vocals are a bit weak at some parts, as if she’s whispering or she doesn’t have the strength to continue singing. I’m not exactly sure if it was simply because her vocals are simply weak or if she was supposed to sound so. Nonetheless it’s quite impressive to see a person without any previous experience with singing to have such pleasant and soothing vocals which flow so well with the song.

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The promotional clip is definitely the perfect combination for a beautiful and conceptual one. Initially the colouring scheme is almost monochromatic with a dark setting. Kaoru is featured sitting on a huge sunflower. However when the chorus breaks in the colours become extremely vibrant and different scenes are ‘photographed’. The use of vibrant colours and imagery is really evident within this clip. Many sunflowers are visible within this clip to symbolise the sun. Kaoru is extremely beautiful and looks extremely natural. The ending scene is especially touching and shows a definite but beautiful sense of finality where Kaoru disappears in the light.

Rating: ★★★★★


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2. Stay with me

This song is quite different from “Taiyou no Uta”. The tone is more light-hearted and playful. This ballad has a mid-tempo tone with a rather repetitive beat. The message seems to point at how a girl discovers love and consequently sees how beautiful life can be. Thus she doesn’t want her loved one to leave her.

Since it was the very first song Kaoru composed, I believe that it was especially composed to sound simple and uncomplicated to show how her skills were quite low at that time. The melody isn’t complex and thus it doesn’t stand out much. In fact it has a rather ‘indie’ feel, with an unpolished touch. The musical instruments are typical to groups or bands, making it sound as if “Moon Child” were playing this song. It’s definitely not a groundbreaking song but I find it’s so touching and sweet, in a manner that display the innocent feelings of a young girl so directly.

Rating: ★★★★☆


3. Taiyou no Uta <acoustic version>

This song is basically a more mellow and soothing version of ‘Taiyou no Uta’. It sounds exactly like it does in the dorama when Kouji plays the acoustic guitar and Amane sings. Kaoru’s vocals are quite vivid and stand out without any trouble, because there’s just a guitar in the background. One can also obtain the guitar tab from her official website if they’re interested in playing this song.

Personally I really enjoyed this version because it’s really beautiful in its’ simplicity. It stands out on its’ own without any complex instruments. Kaoru’s vocals seem to shine here, giving this version a more emotional edge. It’s true that it lost most of it’s dramatic effect where the musical instruments built up the chorus – but the raw and clear vocals of Kaoru simply made up for it.

Rating: ★★★★★


4. Stay with me <acoustic version>

Stay with me <acoustic version> is also a toned down version of the original version. Also this song has a similar sound to the acoustic version of “Taiyou no Uta”. It’s mellower and also sounds much emptier since there seems a lot of moments where the guitar plays solo. I find Kaoru’s vocals don’t really sound pleasant in the chorus, as if she’s straining herself but during the verses her vocals are more relaxed and soothing.

Rating: ★★★½☆


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5. Wish <original instrumental>

This instrumental version is from the song ‘Wish’, which is sung by Tachibana Asami. In the dorama, Tachibana Asami is Kaoru’s idol but she eventually becomes her rival at a certain point of the dorama because they both love the same person.

This version is quite dreamy and mellow, yet one cannot help but feel how fragile and helpless it sounds. I feel it really reflected Asami’s weak and undecided persona who hesitated at every second. I really loved the soothing piano and guitar solo which seemed so magical and fleeting that it transported you to another world.

Rating: ★★★★★



Overall I must say this single was quite strong, despite being Erika’s first single. It simply had every single detail carefully fitted within this release, making it quite exciting to buy. The packaging was beyond excellent and the first press edition had so many extra goodies that one couldn’t help but order the single right away. Despite not having a lot of promotion, this single simply was too good to pass by and I believe it was why it sold so well.

Most probably this is the final release by the persona ‘Kaoru Amane’, since she only released one single within the dorama. A second single would probably destroy the “dorama to life” aura that was created. However this doesn’t mean that Erika won’t release any more singles. ‘Taiyou no Uta’ was a huge success and I’m quite sure that many of her fans want more releases by her. It’s quite possible that Erika will expand her career into the music industry, although she’d need to work on her vocals to be able to compete with the many talented vocalists in the J-Pop industry.

I am really hoping she’ll get a deal with Sony and work with some excellent composer to release more music since I see a lot of potential for this beautiful artist. If that shall not be the case, I’ll keep out an eye for Erika’s acting career, which certainly sounds extremely promising!

Overall Rating: ★★★★½


First press version
First press CD+DVD version
Regular version
Regular CD version

CD Tracklist

  1. Taiyou no Uta
  2. Stay with me
  3. Taiyou no Uta <acoustic version>
  4. Stay with me <acoustic version>
  5. Wish <original instrumental>
  6. Taiyou no Uta <instrumental>
  7. Stay with me <instrumental>

DVD Tracklist

  1. Taiyou no Uta PV

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On a final note, I must thank eyn for all his help with this review. Without his notes this review wouldn’t be as half as good as it is.

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Rinoa enjoys spending her free time writing articles, most particularly reviews, biographies and news articles. Her favourite artist is Ayumi Hamasaki but she enjoys listening to a wide range of musical talents from all over the world.

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Lust::Geek Building The Bridge Part 2 » How’s life? UNITED STATES
January 17, 2007 at 11:44 pm

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etherverte January 30, 2008 at 3:20 pm

does someone have the vocal version of ‘wish’? i’ve been searching a really long time for it, but i can’t seem to find it. please send it to my e-mail if someone has it:


thankyous. =]


regz AUSTRALIA January 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm

heyy there!!
i really want to learn how to play taiyou no uta but i read the chords but i dont know how to play the tune and the melody=S
can u pls send me the music sheet for taiyou no uta..pls pls thankyou so much
this is my email: rego_liciouz@hotmail.com


Kanesha UNITED STATES January 14, 2008 at 3:36 am

Hey guys!!….could someone send me the tabs and piano music for Taiyou no Uta and
Stay with me please!! ^_^ . Oh and i would love the english translations of the songs too. i know its a lot of stuff i asked for, but if anyone could send me any of my requests i would be really grateful! ^_^

:P my e-mail is kp2cutetwin@yahoo.com


muthie January 13, 2008 at 11:19 pm

i like the song “stay with me” but i dont understand the meaning of this song…can you traslet to english version?


Jacie UNITED STATES January 7, 2008 at 8:30 pm

can you send me the guitar tabs for Taiyou no Uta? thank you
and do you have any other guitar tabs for J-pop music?
please include the list of them in the email thankyou


christina CANADA November 17, 2007 at 8:33 pm

i love you so much Erika Sawajiri your my whole idol in 1 litre of tears when you found out bout your illness it reminded me of my ADHD and FASD which ill never overcome but when i watched you i know i can over come anything and in Taiyou no Uta when you wanted to sing a song so everyone will remember it same with me my whole dream was to become a singer and songwriter anyway thank you for being such a great actress and singer i really envy you

Christina (a.k.a) your biggest fan


KC November 11, 2007 at 5:15 pm

Here is the guitar version of Wish by Tachibana Asami . Hope you enjoy.



koyan-laugh UNITED STATES November 6, 2007 at 7:46 pm

hey does anyone have the piano sheet music for taiyou no uta or stay with me?
i would really appreciate it if someone could help me out…. :)

email me at: koyan-laugh@hotmail.com


Esther UNITED STATES October 24, 2007 at 8:04 pm

thank you faiz(:


faiz October 20, 2007 at 12:47 am

on this site u can find chords for stay with me and taiyou no uta..gambate hehe..


Esther UNITED STATES October 19, 2007 at 2:14 am

i know you might have heard this alot already, but could you send me the guitar tabs? i would do it myself if i could read japanese but sadly i cant. im learning.. really really slowly though. Could you send me all the tabs available at the official website? Thanks so much!!(:

email: happypplz@hotmail.com


David October 18, 2007 at 9:47 pm

hi there! could you please send me the guitar chords and sheet music for both taiyou no uta and stay with me? thank you very much!!!



Billy October 12, 2007 at 8:20 pm

Please send me “Wish” Guitar tabs
my e-mail: billymak10@yahoo.com.hk


DaBlackFighta JORDAN October 9, 2007 at 8:16 am

send me links to download (stay with me) and (taiyou no uta) plzzzzzzzzzzzz

send’em on my e-mail

arigato gosaimasu ;)


kevin October 8, 2007 at 2:18 pm

For anyone whos a fan of “Taiyou no uta” please visit this site. I will include a instructional video to how to play the “Taiyou no uta” song on the guitar. Hope everyone enjoys it.



Kenny October 2, 2007 at 5:00 am

could someone plz send me the sheet music preferably for violin or piano for the song “Taiyou no Uta”
email is nathlieu@gmail.com

thanx :)


shelly and morgan UNITED STATES September 29, 2007 at 5:18 pm

I really admire you in this movie, because even though you have a sickness of Diagnosis XP. You still won’t give up on your dream of being a singer and a songwriter. Telling people that even though you have a sickness, you could still live with your dreams.

I like your voice and your perfect reaction to the cast performance.


deja September 26, 2007 at 12:10 pm

erika has released a new single if i’m not mistaken….free n fantasy….does she has another new single?


Mishhhh September 25, 2007 at 8:29 pm

whoops.. forgot to include

umm the piano sheet :D
not guitar >


Mishhhh September 25, 2007 at 8:27 pm

does anyone have the music sheet for taiyou no uta by kaoru amane?
been searching for days #__#”

email me :D

thank you soo much in advancee :D


Chang MALAYSIA September 25, 2007 at 5:56 am

Does anyone here have the guitar tabs for the song wish???
Kindly send the tabs to me to my e-mail tan_chun_chang@hotmail.com please……
I would like to play the songs myself…
It would be great if anyone of you send it to me and a really big thank you….


CutieBalqis September 25, 2007 at 12:54 am

Erika’s voice is so amazing..^^ i like her acting in 1 litre of tears.. she look so cute..^^


William September 23, 2007 at 1:20 pm

this is a GP5 version of taiyou no uta.. 2 person performing…hope this helps


Sala NETHERLANDS September 22, 2007 at 4:23 pm

OMG I was searching for Wish vocal for so long!
And then I heard that someone on this site has it.
Shadow please send me the vocal version of Wish.
My email: Gossip-Girll@hotmail.com


fan September 21, 2007 at 2:26 am

i realy love taiyou no uta

can someone send me the notes sheet to my mail …




David UNITED STATES September 19, 2007 at 6:24 pm

hi !! i love taiyou no utaa too !! i want the tab & songs plzzz ^^ can you send it to me ? thanks you every much !!. can anyone tell me the web to find the guitar tabs for taiyou no uta and stay with me…?? i’ve been trying to find them but i cant find them …. or u can just e-mail it to me please at daviduscred@yahoo.com … thanks u very very very much


Elysera UNITED STATES September 14, 2007 at 5:28 pm

I just think that Kaoru’s flowy dress-robe thing is really beautiful in the Taiyou no Uta video…I want one. D;


Hanna SWEDEN September 14, 2007 at 2:13 pm

I really love Taiyou no Uta , but I want the notes not just the song. I wanna play it on piano by my own. But I don’t know hot to get them.


Celestina September 7, 2007 at 5:51 am

hi there! could you please send me the guitar chords and sheet music for both taiyou no uta and stay with me? thank you very much!!!



Kanesha UNITED STATES September 3, 2007 at 5:35 am


I would greatly appreciate it if anone who has the tabs for Taiyou no Uta, Stay With Me and Wish along with their lyrics would send it to me ^_^ oh and the notes for the piano if possible:P

Here’s my contact info: kp2cutetwin@yahoo.com


Ben August 27, 2007 at 6:21 pm

Can anyone send me lyrics(japanese or romaji) for Wish please? Oh, and guitar tab for Wish if you have it. Thank you in advance~! e-mail ben10112004@yahoo.com


Riley August 18, 2007 at 11:49 pm

I’ve posted this before, but everybody keeps asking about Wish (Vocal Version)

People should really check other pages for the mp3 instead of commenting again..


And if anybody has the guitar tabs/chords for Wish, please send them to me at ix3chocobos@yahoo.com



Ktanktan FRANCE August 16, 2007 at 7:15 pm

hiiiiiiii ^^ !!!! So do I ! i love the song soo soooo muccch !!! i’ve juste started guitar because of her drama and her great song ! i’d love to get the tab for taiyou no uta on GP5 ! Can you send it to me too plz :) ?


Barney August 14, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Hello to all Kaoru’s fan! I am looking for her “Stay WIth Me” guitar Tab! Does anyone have it here? If you have it please send it to my mail at benhome83@yahoo.com please!!! i really want to play it on my guitar!



Limit88 August 12, 2007 at 9:27 pm

hey shadow when your done with the tab for ‘Wish’ can you send to me or anyone with the ‘wish’ tab for guitar pro5 is more then welcome to send to me. also another thing i also would like the vocal version of ‘wish’

can you please send to at kool_fire_and_ice@hotmail.com

thanks alot shadow in advance and also to anyone who also send me the tab or song


Fazz MALAYSIA August 3, 2007 at 2:59 pm

i want the ‘Taiyo no Uta’ tab for GP5..
thanx a bunch..


xiaolan August 2, 2007 at 9:55 am

er…does anyone have the tabs? these are chords… sorry for the trouble

Intro: G Cadd
Song: G D Em C
PreChorus: Am7 D Am7 B7
Chorus: C D G D/F# Em C B Em E
C D G D/F# Em Am7 B7
Intro: Em C
Bridge: C Em D Am7 Em C D B7


sasuke INDONESIA July 28, 2007 at 6:26 pm


may be all u guys need this…

Taiyou no uta

Intro: G Cadd
Song: G D Em C
PreChorus: Am7 D Am7 B7
Chorus: C D G D/F# Em C B Em E
C D G D/F# Em Am7 B7
Intro: Em C
Bridge: C Em D Am7 Em C D B7

I really like Kaoru Amane song… someone can give me Mp3 taiyou no uta (acoustic version)..? I really love that song…i’ve been trying to find it but I can’t find it…u can just e-mail it to me at “aji_bondan@yahoo.com”…please…… thank u very much.. arigato….


shota UNITED STATES July 28, 2007 at 2:00 am

Can someone send me the guitar music sheet thingy to me?


cazoo July 25, 2007 at 12:28 am

hey if anyone downloaded the guitar cords for “taiyou no uta” from the web site can you send it to me?
thanks alot!


Bling July 24, 2007 at 4:14 am

hey shadow! thnx for workin on the tabs for wish, plz send me too once ur done! my email add is kali_moti_sand@yahoo.com thnx!


Rei July 18, 2007 at 4:33 pm

If anyone’s looking for lyrics to Wish, they can be found here:



JAzz July 17, 2007 at 10:00 am

anyone in sg sings the song taiyonouta or plays it? kindly add me in msn, j_yixiang@hotmail.com


Jennifer MALAYSIA July 17, 2007 at 3:25 am

anyone has the piano score? (taiyou no uta). if anyone have one, please send it to my mail…




sundae FRANCE July 7, 2007 at 9:55 pm


I love Kaoru Amane !! (l)(l)(l)

somebody have a Tab for Guitar Pro ??! Plz


Send me at this email : the_pleymobile@hotmail.com

thank again.


dhuma INDONESIA July 7, 2007 at 4:12 am

is anybody have guitar tab for song stay with me?
please send it to serena_nikolas@yahoo.co.id
thanx very much


yingci SWEDEN July 6, 2007 at 7:24 pm

Sorry for disturbing…but if anyone of you have piano sheet for the song “wish” please send me…thanks a lot…



Ethereal CANADA July 5, 2007 at 9:33 pm

Hey eyn great translations and thanks for putting this up but i found a minor error at the end where is says “himawari yureru taiyou no shita de” uh its supposed to be “himawari yureru taiyou no you ni”


kim July 1, 2007 at 1:37 pm

hihi can i have the vocal for wish send it to my email finalizia@gmail.com please..


ShAdOW June 30, 2007 at 8:01 pm

lol im workin on the tabs, ill post after i finish the song


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