Happy Nana Day and Tanabata, Impact Exciter #2 Oricon

Mizuki Nana - IMPACT EXCITER

It’s the 7th of July today and that means Tanabata is celebrated in Japan today. However, 7/7 is not important only because of Tanabata since today’s date can be read “nana” in Japanese. Which means that this day is regarded as Nana Day. So, I wish Happy Nana Day to Nana fans all over the world and of course to our beloved Queen herself as well.

There can be no better date for Nana to have an album released so today is the official release date of Nana’s new album Impact Exciter. I’m so looking forward to getting my copy. If you’d like to get Nana’s new album, too, you can order it at CDJapan. They still have the limited edition, which comes with a bonus DVD, available.

UPDATE: Oricon website has been updated a few minutes ago with yesterday’s sales results. Unfortunately, Impact Exciter only claimed the second rank with 36,292 sold copies. Still, it’s a very good result. Congratulations, Nana-sama~. For your information, the top position has been occupied by a group Hey! Say! JUMP which consists of 10 young boys ^^’

Song list:

1. Time To Impact Exciter
2. Next Arcadia
3. Mysterion
4. Silent Bible
5. Young Alive!
6. Scoop Scope
7. Dragonia
8. Mugen
9. Natsu Koi Moyo
10. Koi no Yokushiryoku -type Exciter-
11. Phantom Minds
12. strobe Cinema
13. Toraware no Babel
14. Albireo
15. Don’t be long
16. Shichigatsu Shichinichi

Here’s a small appetizer from the album. It’s the song Toraware no Babel. Quite a nice, well-paced song.

Now, back to Tanabata festival. You have probably heard about it before, maybe in some anime such as Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu. In any case, there’s an excerpt from Wikipedia if you would like to learn something about this celebration.

Tanabata (七夕 tanabata?, meaning “Evening of the seventh”) is a Japanese star festival, related to the Chinese star festival, Qixi.
It celebrates the meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). According to legend, the Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The celebration is held at night.
In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku (短冊 tanzaku?), small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day. This resembles the custom of floating paper ships and candles on rivers during Obon. Many areas in Japan have their own Tanabata customs, which are mostly related to local Obon traditions.