Beloved and mostly covered Song, “Yuki no Hana”
“Yuki no Hana” (雪の華, literally “Snow Flower”, meaning “Snowflakes”) is the 10th single by Mika Nakashima. It was used as the Meiji boda advertisement song, as well as the Meiji galbo advertisement song. It peaked on the Oricon weekly charts at #3 and sold roughly 248,000 copies. The song “Yuki no Hana” was composed by Ryouki Matsumoto, and the lyric was written by Satomi.
“A lot of covered versions”
The song has since been translated and covered a number of times by many artists in several different languages. The song was covered by South Korean male singer Park Hyo-shin and this covered song was inserted in the popular Korean drama I’m Sorry, I Love You. Another Korean version was sung by female singer Seo Young Eun
It was also covered by Mainland Chinese singer Han Xue on August 2004 in Mandarin; and by Hong Kong singer Vincy Chan in 2006, in Cantonese. An English version of Yuki no Hana was covered by Eric Martin (Mr. Big’s vocalist) and featured in his solo album Mr.Vocalist 2008 which was produced and released in Japan.
The German singer Tabea covered the English version snowflower in her album Memories. New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra also covered the song in English as part of her 2008 album Hayley sings Japanese Songs which debuted at number 12 on the Japanese Albums Chart but broke into the Top 10 in its second week of release.
Another covered version was released on June 2006, sung by Japanese male singer Hideaki Tokunaga. An instrumental rock cover was made by Megadeth’s former guitarist Marty Friedman, and featured on his 2009 solo album Tokyo Jukebox. In 2016, the song was featured in the Anime, ReLIFE for episode 08 ending theme.
On December 24, 2018, Jisoo, lead singer of Blackpink, performed a solo rendition of ‘Yuki no Hana (雪の華)/Snow Flower’ as a Christmas present during the final night of their Arena Tour at the Kyocera Dome, Osaka.
On 2019, X Japan’s vocalist, ToshI covered the song as part of his “I’m a Singer Vol. 2” album and the song was also inserted in the Japanese movie “Snow Flower (Yuki no Hana)”, where its name was based on the song.
And also still covered by many other artists on Youtube.
▵ Original Version Of Yuki no Hana by Mika Nakashima Live in 2003
▵ Korean version by Park Hyo Shin Live in 2009
▵ Chinese version by Joi Chua in 2005
▵ Mandarin(Chinese) version by Han Xue
▵ Cantonese(Chinese) version by Vincy Chan
▵ English Version by Eric Martin
▵ English Version by Hayley Westenra
▵ Covered by Uh in 2019