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The Wind Rises' Music Video Offers Peek Into Film, Ghibli Museum

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Kiki's Delivery Service singer contributes song she wrote when she was 16 years old

EMI Records began streaming part of the music video for "Hikōki Gumo" (Airplane Cloud), Yumi Matsutoya's theme song for Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) film. The video not only offers a sneak peek at the film itself, but also a rare glimpse inside the Ghibli Museum.

The museum famously does not allow visitors to take photos or videos inside its walls. However, this video follows Matsutoya as she explores the museum's whimsical recreation of Ghibli artists' workspace. It also shows the museum's stained-glass windows and hallways.

Matsutoya wrote this song when she was 16 years old. She explained the title of the song: "Songs that have a lot of feelings in them can connect to people's hearts, and riding on those feelings, people can fly, sweeping across the sky."

Matsutoya had previously composed and performed the theme songs "Rouge no Dengon" and "Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara" for another Miyazaki film, Kiki's Delivery Service. (She was then known under her maiden name Yumi Arai.) More recently, Maaya Sakamoto's cover of Matsutoya's “Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara” song became the opening theme for the Tamayura video anime. Matsutoya also contributed to Ai Monogatari, Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales, and Niji-Iro Hotaru ~Eien no Natsu Yasumi~.

The Wind Rises film will open in Japanese theaters on Saturday. A Hikōki Gumo album will come out on July 31 in a limited edition to celebrate Matsutoya's 40th year in music. The first limited edtion will have a CD with 11 tracks, a DVD of the music video and a video remix between Yumi Matsutoya now and Yumi Arai then, and a 12-inch (30-centimeter) "LP-size" art book by Miyazaki. The second limited edition arrives on August 14 with the CD, DVD, art book, and an actual LP vinyl record. People who buy any version of "Hikōki Gumo" will receive an original clear file folder.

[Via tsk06]

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