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Sakura Drops

Utada Hikaru
SAKURA Drops (SAKURAドロップス)
Utada Hikaru
Utada Hikaru
Other Information
Production: Miyake Akira, Utada Hikaru and Utada Skingg Teruzane
Arrangement: Utada Hikaru and Kawano Kei
Keyboards and Programming: Kawano Kei
Basic Programming: Utada Hikaru
Synthesizer Programming: Tsunemi Kazuhide
Electric Guitar: Akiyama Hironori
Guitar Sample: Honda Larry Yuichiro
All Vocals: Utada Hikaru
Recording: Matsui Atsushi and Ugajin Masaaki at Bunkamura Studio.
Mixing: Goh Hotoda at Bunkumura Studio

"SAKURA Drops" is a song recorded by Utada Hikaru, first released as an A-side on her "SAKURA Drops / Letters" single. It was used as the theme song for the dorama First Love.

Music Video

The PV for "SAKURA Drops" was directed by Kiriya Kazuaki, and is the final installment of the "Kiriya Trilogy". The video is known to be one of the most complex of Utada's music videos, featuring high production values, detailed props, and special effects.


There are seven versions of "SAKURA Drops" to be found in Utada's discography. These different versions are:

Found on the "SAKURA Drops / Letters" single as track #1, DEEP RIVER' as track #1 and Utada Hikaru SINGLE COLLECTION VOL.1 as track #13.
SAKURA Drops -Original Karaoke-
Found on the "SAKURA Drops / Letters" single as track #4. This is the standard versiono f the song without Utada's main vocals.
SAKURA Drops (Sonic Sprout Mix)
Found on "SAKURA Drops (Sonic Sprout Mix)" promotional vinyl as track #1. This was a defunct promo remix that was never released.
SAKURA Drops (Sonic Sprout Mix) (Instrumental)
Found on "SAKURA Drops (Sonic Sprout Mix)" promotional vinyl as track two. This was the same as the promo remix but without any of Utada's vocal samples.
SAKURA Drops (Budokan Live)
Found on Utada Hikaru in Budokan 2004 - Hikaru no 5 as track #8. The arrangement is similar to the standard version of the song.
SAKURA Drops (Utada United Live)
Found on UTADA UNITED 2006 as track #6. This version starts out with a loop of Utada's breathing and then an acapella (with echo effects) going into the song. The rest of the song follows the original with a few added instruments, and with echoes again being implemented as the song finishes.