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Cover to "Wing" by Rina Chinen.

Soaring Past the Gray Clouds With Rina Chinen’s “Wing”

It still feels like summer here in Japan, even though it is September. This week’s temperatures are still in the low 30s (Celsius)/90s (Fahrenheit). Speaking of summer, one of the prime summer places to go is Okinawa. It is the southernmost prefecture made up of 55 islands. Okinawa is home to a lot of pop stars from the 90s and 00s. One of them sang today’s song choice: “Wing”.

Keeping up with the theme of Song Lyrics Sunday (Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing), brought to you by Jim at A Unique Title For Me, I choose Rina Chinen’s “Wing” for this week for two reasons. One is because one of my favorite pop groups, MAX, just released all their songs on Spotify. Hallelujah! Japan is starting to cave into streaming sites. Two is because next week is Namie Amuro‘s birthday. MAX and Namie went to the same school as Rina: Okinawa Actors’ School.

I can admit I been on a late 90s Jpop listening party this weekend, especially when the 20th anniversary of the release of Morning Musume‘s megahit single “LOVE Machine” is tomorrow. The 90s had some great music in Japan. “Wing” was one of them!

(By the way, check out another great Wing-related song: Troop’s “Spread My Wings” from the 90s)

Singer Turn Actress: Rina Chinen

Rina Chinen

Rina Chinen got her start when she joined the school Okinawa Actors’ School when she young. Okinawa Actors’ School was a famous performing arts studio that produced the biggest acts in the 90s: Namie Amuro, Folder, MAX, Da Pump, Hipp’s, and others. In the height of the school’s popularity, Rina decided to become an actress as well as a singer. She made her acting debut in the 1996 drama Gakkou no Kaidan R. She also made her singing debut a few months later with the single “DO-DO FOR ME”.

The singer/actress was a fairly popular singer with most of her singles released in the late 90s being in the top 20s. Only the singles released in 1998 and the early part of 1999 were in the top 10. They were “Wing”, “Be yourself”, “YES”, and “GOD BLESS THE WORLD”.

By the early 2000s, Rina’s popularity in the music world decline. She released fewer singles but did attend prolific events like the 2001 G8 Summit that was held in her hometown. In 2003, Rina appeared more in musical theater roles, starring in such productions like Les Misérables, Jekyll & Hyde, and Miss Saigon.

Ironically, Rina will release her first single in 18 years next month, entitled “Twinkle Stars”. The song is a movie version of the theme song for the Pretty Cure Twinkle Stars series.

Fly to the blue sky. Good-bye my lonely days

Lyricist Hiromi Mori

“Wing” is Rina’s fifth single that was released in the spring of 1998. To this date, it is still the singer/actress’ best-selling single with over 309,500 copies sold. The song’s lyrics were penned by Hiromi Mori. As a kid, Mori dreamt of being a baseball player after reading the manga Star of the Giants. However, he gave up that dream when he grew up and took on many jobs before becoming a lyricist in 1983. His first penned-hit song was Yoko Oginome’s 1986 song “Dance Beat wa Yoake Made” (Dance Beatは夜明けまで; The Dance Beat is Until Dawn). He has penned many hit songs for artists over the years, including MAX, SMAP, Key-a-kiss, Black Biscuits, AAA, and KinKi Kids.

(An interesting fact about Hiromi Mori is that he did a homestay in Washington state and then went to college for one year in Los Angeles.)

“Wing” is one of my favorite songs as it is soothing yet uptempo. I love the music video as I swear it was filmed on a beautiful beach in Okinawa. Meanwhile, the lyrics are you basic message of believing in yourself by using the allegories of “spread your wings” and “soaring past the blue skies” to become your better self.

What is your favorite part of the song? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

The Soaring Lyrics Behind “Wing”

Here are translated lyrics of “Wing” in English, translated by:

The morning bathed in silver will come
from the best place in the world
I was too free and timid to see it,
But now, I noticed it clearly.

If there is a shortcut to dreams,
everyone will surely want to go on it.
But, it isn’t found in textbooks.
I want to push that shining door open
once I find it with my own hands.

Spread your wings and go towards tomorrow
In order to be ablee to forget yesterday’s tears
don’t lose to anyone.
I believe in showing a smile
because of love.
Fly to the blue sky.
Good-bye my lonely days.
I want to deliver those pure feelings
of the moment when we first met to you.

Because there are too many things
that I don’t need,
I sometimes get lost.
But if it’s the glowing treasure,
it should be in me.

In a city reflecting on asphalt,
we are sitting on guardrail.
I hear these words:
“I like you when you are looking forward”
My hugged chest becomes hot and tightened.

Spread your wings and
let’s become the wind.
As high as possible,
Fly away.
I can’t look back on
loneliness and sadness.
I believe in overflowing courage.
I feel my fine beat.
Good-bye my lonely girl.
I want to feel with you
like we are touching the clear air.

Dreamin’ forever…
Good-bye my lonely girl.
I can see it all the time.
I hear it
resonating in me.

Spread your wings and go towards tomorrow
In order to be ablee to forget yesterday’s tears
don’t lose to anyone.
I believe in showing a smile
because of love.
Fly to the blue sky.
Good-bye my lonely days.
I want to deliver those pure feelings
of the moment when we first met to you.

The Rules

If you want to participate, here are the rules:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

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This Post Has 47 Comments

  1. Jim Adams

    This is a really nice song, thanks for participating again. I loved your write-up on this song.

  2. Thanks for the lyrics translation, but listening to it even without translation, it plays as such a happy, uplifting song! 🎶

  3. Alix Maza

    Woah! Thanks for sharing this. Love music reccs.

  4. Cindy

    Thank you for introducing me to a new artist! And I appreciate too the translated lyrics. I love this part:

    “Spread your wings and go towards tomorrow
    In order to be ablee to forget yesterday’s tears.”

    Those words capture my imagination!

    1. aisasami

      I am glad you love those lyrics. They are amazing and can do wonders for us!

  5. It still feels like summer here in North Carolina in the US too. This is a very upbeat song. Thank you for the translation!

    1. aisasami

      Thanks for stopping by! What did you think about “Wing”?

  6. beti

    Love this song, thank you i am learning new every day

  7. daddy realness

    Nice music suggestions. Thanks for translating, too!

    1. aisasami

      You are welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Joanna

    I didn’t hear about Rina before or her songs. I will give her music a try, especially that she has been singing for so many years.

  9. Ruth

    I may have to make a post like this one day 🙂 Was so interesting to read about the artist and the song is lovely :3

  10. Paulina

    Wow 30 degrees in September and that lovely song. It makes me wanna go to Japan right now.

  11. Arun Dahiya

    Thank you for sharing this song. Listened to it. It’s beautiful. Love the music.

  12. Serena

    Beautiful sounding song! Thank you for sharing!

    1. aisasami

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Phoebe

    Beautiful song and thank you for the translation, that’s important.

    1. aisasami

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Jackline A

    Always looking for new artists and music to listen to. Thank you for introducing us to this artist.

    1. Aanya

      This was such a nice read! Thanks for introducing the new artist and music to an enthusiast.

    2. aisasami

      You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

    3. aisasami

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Mila R

    Woah, thanks for introducing me to a new artist! I appreciate the translated lyrics.

  16. D'ondra M Howard

    I see there are a ton of new artist out there. Glad to see people following their passion.

  17. Elizabeth O

    I love that it has beach for a setting. The video is beautiful .

    1. aisasami

      It is. That is actually Okinawa. Have you been there?

  18. My mum loves listening to her… which is a big surprise I think! Thanks for sharing this 🙂

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