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"Hatsukoi" (初恋 (はつこい) lit. "First Love") is a song written and performed by Utada Hikaru. It served as the insert song for the Japanese drama, Hana Nochi Hare. The song was released on May 30, 2018.[1] It was included on Utada's seventh Japanese studio album of the same name.[2]


In 2007, Utada Hikaru performed the image song, "Flavor of Life," for Hana Yori Dango Returns. Utada was confirmed to be in charge of the image song for Hana Nochi Hare in early April 2018.[3] Before writing "Hatsukoi," Utada read the manga to understand its themes. She stated that she was happy to work on another project related to Yoko Kamio.[4] The song and its title were officially unveiled during the broadcast of the first episode on April 17.[1]

It was released as a single on May 30. The same day, a short music video for the song was published. It was directed by Yasuhito Tsuge, who previously filmed Utada's "Manatsu no Toriame." "Hatsukoi" was included as the title track of Utada's seventh studio album on June 27.[5]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Utada Hikaru, all music composed by Utada Hikaru.

No. Title Length
1. "Hatsukoi"   4:41






  • The title "Hatsukoi" is likely a reference to Utada's third single also titled "First Love" but in English.
  • Unlike Utada's "Flavor of Life," "Hatsukoi" was not released as a physical single.


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