Ayano Tsuji – Kaze Ni Naru (The Cat Returns Theme)

Ayano Tsuji – Kaze Ni Naru (The Cat Returns Theme) (Chords)

Japanese singer, Ayano Tsuji (or Tsuji-Ayano as she seems to put it herself) has set herself up as the anti J-pop (the slick, fashionable pop music often sung in English) and playing the uke certainly sets her apart from the J-pop scene. Going against the grain didn’t do much for her career, but she did breakthrough when her song Kaze Ni Naru was used as the theme to the manga film The Cat Returns.

The version used in the film (and the one I’ve written up) is a more stripped down version. At least it is in comparison to the full version. The chords used in that version are, for the most part, the same. Just a few orchestral embellishments.

My Japanese isn’t quite good enough to provide a full chord sheet, so I’ve written up the chords (separated into bars).

The chords are straightforward. They’re simple enough for a five year old to play. The strumming is fairly constant through the song. In the intro, it’s just one strum per chord. For the rest of the song, she’s strums down, down, up, up, down, up. When you’re strumming a pattern like this, try to keep your hand moving in a steady down, up motion and miss the strings where there is no strum. This makes sure that the tempo is nice and even.

The only place this pattern won’t work is in the bars that contain both F and G chords. Here, strumming each chord down twice will see you through.

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  1. Jordy March 2nd, 2008 7:56 pm

    The link to the video of the 5-year-old doesn’t work… ;)


  2. Woodshed March 2nd, 2008 8:02 pm

    Oh, bum.

    Thanks, Jordy. *fixed*

  3. lelekids March 3rd, 2008 4:08 am

    WOW!I was surprised!
    I ‘m very glad. Thanks.

  4. Liam March 3rd, 2008 1:25 pm

    The reason she prefers Tsuji Ayano is that the surname (Tsuji) always comes first in Japanese (as far as I know, feel free to correct me).

  5. Woodshed March 3rd, 2008 9:40 pm

    lelekids: You’re welcome. Keep up the good work :D

    Liam: Thanks for the info. I had an idea it worked something like that.

  6. Pom April 2nd, 2008 10:24 pm

    Woodshed, thank you – you are a genius!

    Watched The Cat Returns last Friday night – finished about 1am – heard the theme at the end and instantly fell in love with it…. so, jumped on the net, full of anticipation (but not holding out a huge amount of hope, to be honest), and lo and behold, who turns up at the top of my search…. you! :D

    You are a star! I swear, without you and the inspiration Ukulele Hunt has given me, my uke playing would (still) be entirely pitiful…. thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Just trying to learn the lyrics to Kaze Ni Naru now…. getting there! (almost!)

  7. Woodshed April 2nd, 2008 10:33 pm

    Thanks very much, Pom. I’m really glad to have helped you out.

    Good luck getting there.

  8. Sam April 16th, 2008 12:38 pm

    Amazing film, amazing tune – played it out on casio whilst humming the tune and sang along with the Japanese lyrics too…thanks so much excellent resource. Well done.

  9. Woodshed April 16th, 2008 10:49 pm

    Thanks, Sam. Glad you like it.

  10. animeluverr October 22nd, 2008 4:12 am

    im totally gonna learn this song =P

  11. Woodshed October 22nd, 2008 6:49 pm

    animeluverr: Good luck with it.

  12. Wendy Aka Thundercat November 3rd, 2008 4:41 am

    There are 2 official sets of English lyrics.
    Set 1 by Disney: I copied them from the DVD.
    Set2 by VIZ: I copied this lovely version from the “The Cat Returns Picture Book.” This version out shines the Disney version.

    Kaze Ni Naru [Become The Wind] Also translated as [Like The Breeze]
    Music,Lyrics and Vocals BY Ayano Tsuji

    Official English Translation BY :
    Cindy Davis Hewitt and Donald H. Hewitt for Walt Disney. co

    I throw open a window
    and sing of my love.

    Give my song to the sky.
    Raise my arms and sing again.

    I’ll never forget,
    you’ll always be with me.

    Shining in the starry sky.
    Even if tomorrow brings tears.

    All I want is for you
    to hold me close.

    You’re like the breeze
    that comes with spring.

    Riding my bicycle
    uphill in the sun.

    I carry our promise
    with me always.

    La La La La La

    I keep singing my song.
    It’s always on my lips.

    Like the happiness I’ll
    find when we meet again.

    Alternate Official English Lyrics BY:
    Reiko Izutsu-Vajirasam for VIZ Media.

    Close your eyes, and recapture the forgotten song of love.
    It’s hidden in the blue sky. Reach out for it once again.

    Do not forget I am always here for you.
    Dawns spent gazing alone at the starry sky.

    You have but one heart, don’t let it drown in sorrow.
    I will change you sighs into a springtime breeze.

    Racing up sunny roads on my bicycle.
    Taking with me our lost memories.

    La la la la la..

    The tune gives color to my lips.
    Like the flower of happiness I found with you.

    Run up into the sky, my song of love, opening forgotten windows.
    I am giving you to the bright blue sky.
    Shine on my hands once more.

    I’ll never forget the days that you where with me.
    Or the tomorrow, when tears glimmer in the sky.

    Holding in my heart one precious word.
    For your sake, I stand tossed by the winds of spring.

    Racing up sunny roads on my bicycle.
    I bear with me the promise we made.

    La la la la la..

    The tune gives color to my lips.
    Like my happiness at having been with you.

    Like my happiness at having been with you.

    Japanese Lyrics Rendered In Romanji BY: Joemac and Takashi Yamachi

    Wasurete ita mewotojite
    torimodose koino wutta
    a-ozolanika kureteiru
    teonobashite moichiido

    wasurena ide sugu sobani
    Bokuga iru itsunohiimo
    hoshizora wonagamete iru
    hitori kirino yoakeemo

    Taata hitotsu nokokoro
    kanashimini kurenaide
    kiminotame ikinantte
    Haru kaze ni kaete yaru

    Hino ataru sakamichi wo
    Jiteushadeka kenoboru
    Kimito nakushita omoide
    Nosete yukuyo

    La la la la la

    kuchibiru wosomete yuku
    kimito mitsuketa
    shiawaze hanano yooni

    Wasurete ita mado akete
    Hashiri dasekoino utta
    a-ozolanita kushitte iru
    TEoka zashite moichiido

    wasurena iyo sugusobani
    kimiga iru itsunohiimo
    hoshizora nikagaya iteru
    namida yureru ashitaamo

    Taata hitotsu nokotoba
    konomuneni dakishimete
    kiminotame bokuwaima
    Haru kaze ni hukareteru

    Hino ataru sakamichi wo
    Jiteushadeka kenoboru
    Kimito chikaata yakusoku
    Nosete yukuyo

    La la la la la

    kuchibiru wosomete yuku
    kimito deaeta
    shihawase irouni yooni

    Hino ataru sakamichi wo
    Jiteushadeka kenoboru
    Kimito chikaatta yakusoku
    Nosete yukuyo

    La la la la la

    kuchibiru wosomete yuku
    kimito deaeta
    shihawase irouni yooni

    kimito deaeta
    shiawase irouni yooni

  13. Woodshed November 5th, 2008 7:15 pm

    Thanks very much for that, Wendy.

  14. Rachel December 21st, 2008 12:45 pm

    Thank you so much Wendy for the lovely lyrics… I really want to download the song. Can anybody tell me where can I download this song? I really like it so much. Thanks!!! Can email me at rachel_yean@hotmail.com

  15. jose mauel gesulgon November 9th, 2009 4:04 am

    i really love this, hearing this kind of song reminds me of my pet cat which died a year ago…………
    i just want to make request : can u make an english dub of this movie????
    (if its ok for you……….)


  16. Wendy Aka thundercat November 13th, 2009 8:14 pm

    Jose: The Cat Returns was officially dubbed by Disney years ago.
    Unless you mean the home vid she posted.

  17. Astra28 November 30th, 2009 8:59 pm

    Wow thanks so much for posting this, it helped a lot! <3

  18. Jennifer March 15th, 2011 2:22 am

    This song is really great, I love how it sounds and how simple it is to play. Awesome for a beginner.

  19. rin April 6th, 2011 4:56 am

    poo. i was really hoping to learn this, but i looks like your video is no longer available.
    well, thanks for all the other ones.

  20. rin April 6th, 2011 4:59 am

    waiwait. nevermind
    thanks for the chords! <3

  21. chloe May 13th, 2011 6:42 pm

    PLEASE PLEASE can someone tell me where i can download this song? I too instantly fell in love with it after watching The Cat Returns and after searching the internet, i cant seem to find it anywhere! ARRRGGHHH!

  22. Rachel May 15th, 2011 3:10 pm
  23. someone July 27th, 2011 2:04 am

    @Rachel… thank you very much
    @chloe… same, I am also like the music

  24. ButterflyPigment December 29th, 2012 9:08 pm

    When I first watched this movie and heard this song, it’s what finally convinced me that the Uke was the instrument I wanted. I have never been so right about something. I’ve only had her for a few days, but I haven’t felt frustrated and I’ve been having loads of fun, and my fingers have already begun to developed callouses (so excited for those my fingers are dying).
    Anyway (sorry for ranting) when I found the chords for this I practically started crying.

  25. Woodshed December 30th, 2012 3:26 pm

    ButterflyPigment: Thanks very much. That’s great!

  26. Ellen January 15th, 2013 3:19 pm

    “The Cat Returns” has been a film I’ve watched over and over again to make me feel happy when I’m sad or scared.

    For that reason, this song has a special place in my heart. I bought a ukulele last week and have been practising this song since then.

    It’s lovely to be able to create something that makes me happy.

  27. Woodshed January 16th, 2013 8:41 am

    Ellen: That’s great!

  28. Caroline February 10th, 2013 4:06 pm

    Thanks for posting this song, it brought back the joy from watching the film.

    The video isn’t showing up anymore in the post so here is another link to youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwoDrRCibhA

  29. Woodshed February 10th, 2013 4:41 pm

    Caroline: Thanks. I’ll add it to the post.

  30. Thanh Nguyen August 8th, 2015 8:44 pm

    Hi Woodshed,

    Sorry I can not find the chords flow from your post.
    Could you please share it to me and others?

    Thank you in advance,

  31. Woodshed August 8th, 2015 8:48 pm

    Thanh: It’s the link in the orange box under the video.

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