Today, March 19th, is the digital release of Ameagari no Step, the ParaSports support charity song by Goro, Tsuyoshi, and Shingo.
I only typed out their names because of their insistence that they aren’t a group. All proceeds will go to the Nippon Foundation Paralympics support center charity. This is 231 yen from every 250 yen sale, after the government gets its taxes.
The charity sales stop June 30th, and the amount raised will be announced on the July 1st broadcast of Atarashii Betsu no Mado on abema.tv.
Lyrics to the song are by Tetsurou Asou, who also wrote Gift, Sakasama no Sora, Sotto Kyutto, and Dear WOMAN for SMAP.
Music arrangement and composition are by Yoko Kanno, who also composed Song of X’smap, not alone~shiawase ni narou yo~, Sakasama no Sora, gift, Theme of gift-prologue-, Theme of gift -epilogue-, and Joy. Plus lyrics and composition for Jazz.
Ameagari no Step Music Video
In addition to digital release on iTunes and recochoku, a music video was released with the help of 2020 NAKAMA.
Apple Music Exclusive Live Video
And in addition to the song and music video, Apple Music members will get access to an exclusive live version of Ameagari no Step from the Parasports Ekiden earlier this month. Apple Music is currently offering a 3-month trial, but otherwise, you have to pay a monthly fee for access.
I haven’t tested this on US iTunes store, but I’m assuming it’s limited to Japan only. =(
How do I download?
For iTunes, you need a Japanese iTunes account, Japanese credit card (or Japanese iTunes gift card), and a Japanese address.
Or you can follow the guide to purchase on Recochoku using a VPN with Japanese IP address.