Utada Hikaru featuring Shiina Ringo – A Two-Hour Vacation

Since the announcement of her return to music last year [1], fans of Utada Hikaru have been eagerly waiting for the release of Fantôme, which will be released on September 28th, over 8 years since her last Japanese studio album, Heart Station. You haven’t seen me singing Prisoner of Love [PV] at the top of my lungs. LOL Last Friends, the drama that started it all~

Early in January, it was revealed that Utada’s Hanataba wo Kimi ni (花束を君に) [30s V] had been chosen as the main theme for NHK’s asadorama Toto Neechan (とと姉ちゃん), followed by the announcement that Manatsu no Toriame (真夏の通り雨) [Short PV], which would serve as the theme for NTV’s NEWS ZERO. Now, all ready for the release of Michi (道), Utada has finally filled in the gaps when she revealed her tracklist a month ago [1], revealing her collaborations with Nariaki Obukuro (小袋成彬, OBKR), rapper KOHH and Shiina Ringo, who wanted Utada to make a comeback for years, but respected her decision to live her private life, find love and start a family [1].

Titled A Two-Hour Vacation (二時間だけのバカンス, Nijikan Dake no BAKANSU), the track serves as theme of the latest RECOCHOKU (レコチョク) commercial. Recochoku is a Japan digital content aggregator owned by the major Japanese labels, pushing the island into the music-streaming territory [1].

There’s a 1min cut of the video available at her website.

Fantôme is already available for pre-order on iTunes.

Will update when a longer version of the song is available~ :P

— June 06, 2017 Update —


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

3 Responses

  1. November 5, 2016

    […] years ago… quite forgettable. This tune is a much more interesting collaboration. Actually, I saw the video first and each time I listen to the song, the images come back, a real feast. Cool guitar chords […]

  2. December 30, 2017

    […] in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics preview presentation [1]. Nice to see her working with Hikaru Utada too [1]. Ringo-chan’s solo releases consisted of Jiyudom (ジユーダム), [iTunes] her perky theme […]

  3. January 22, 2020

    […] got together for a collaboration; reminiscing of the amazing collaboration Japanese music divas Utada Hikaru and Shiina Ringo made last year.不要不要, definitely the highlight in Sandee Chan’s Martial God Cardea 戰神卡爾迪亞, […]

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