Greetings, Citizens of the Universe!
As part of Hello! Project’s 20th anniversary celebration, I will take a look at various releases from the collective’s history. This one technically is also one of five meant to make up for the six weeks I went without a proper post in the first quarter, due to being busy with the Production Red Diary (among other factors).
In this post, we will take a look at the representative for 2013: Peaberry’s Cabbage Hakusho ~Haru Hen~.
Like with Seishun no Serenade, I technically gave this a mini-review on a previous post (namely Frou-Frou Sato, which talked about the Satoyama-Satoumi Movement).
Before we do anything, we must give time to the “original” version of this piece:
Starting with a classically-minded music box and a shot out our Peaberries standing on a country field, we go into the woodsy wonderland as the song officially begins. May I just go out on the whim at how the main hook of the song hits me? The voices of the ⑨th Gen Ace and the leader of S/mileage blend amazingly well (to the surprise of haters of one and/or both girls). The mellowness of the song is an odd, but refreshing surprise. After all, it’s an introspective, pensive piece:
When you sow seeds and pour in your love
They‘ll take in the rain
And if you love them again, they’ll definitely bear fruit
You have to be grateful for every life
Now, let’s wash our hands and eat dinner
Source: Project Hello
On another note, can someone tell me what piece the song is referencing?
And now for the bit about the song we’re actually talking about:
We’ve come now to the major debut of Peaberry. Instead of a music box, we begin with a piano.
Instead of two girls on a road, we see flowers and a satoyama home.
The music is far more subdued during the verses, giving more emphasis on the vocals (which has more harmonization in certain parts).
We also see the oft-mentioned grandmother (played here by Hosokawa Kayoko¹), who sings a verse of her own.
The song is essentially the “theme song” of the SATOYAMA SATOUMI Movement, performed during every major event’s opening ceremony until the Spring 2017 event. As you might’ve guessed, after Sayashi Riho left the Morning Nest and took a break from showbiz in 2015, Tsubaki Factory took up the mantle for the song, resulting in this:
(If you want to know my thoughts on the Camellia version (which isn’t that different from the Peaberry one), check out the post Reporting on Having Camellia Blooms to Yourself.)
The grandmother is played by Hosokawa Kayoko, wife of former prime minister Hosokawa Morihiro and the chairwoman of a non-profit organization the Movement often collaborated with.
With that in mind… let’s dig into Cabbage Hakusho ~Haru Hen~.