Dec 17, 2009 at 12:54 am #1252822Dec 17, 2009 at 2:16 am #1554695
It's so cool hearing that song again! It used to be one of my favorites when I was a kid. The name of the song is, "Kaze", "Wind". I still love it and the words are great. It's basically about losing someone and going for a long walking journey and trying not to feel the sadness. Along the way something keeps catching the singer's attention, but when he turns around there is nothing but the wind. This is the version that made the song famous, though, by The Folk Crusaders.
Here is Kuwata Keisuke, the leader of the wonderful band Southern All Stars, singing another version.
Here are some other old, wonderful Japanese songs:
Kanashikute Yarikirenai (Such Sadness That I Can't Go On), also The Folk Crusaders.
Imujin-gawa (Imujin River). Also featuring The Folk Crusaders, singing a translation of a famous Korean song.
And another walking song: Kaeri Michi (The Walk Home), by another favorite group when I was a kid, Alice.
And for my favorite television show when I was a kid, a lone walking samurai named Kogarshi Monjiro. Here's the show's theme song. Take a look at his walking gear… THAT'S UL! And that's how Japanese really dressed for their long distance walks (there was almost no wheeled transport in those days in Japan).Dec 17, 2009 at 8:53 am #1554772
Thanks for sharing your songs, Miguel!
Growing up in Taiwan in the 70's — Japanese songs were forbidden — so folks simply translated them into Chinese. I think probably a third of the "Chinese" songs we listened to started life as Japanese! :)Dec 17, 2009 at 9:24 am #1554783
And now it's swinging the other way. Many young Japanese are now listening to Korean and Chinese pop music and record numbers of students are studying Korean and Chinese, something you would never have seen 30 years ago!
PS… In the photo you can see Monjiro wearing straw sandals while making a new pair. The sandals were used for threes days of walking before being thrown away and a new pair donned.Dec 17, 2009 at 9:35 am #1554795
Wow… isn't that a lot of work for three days' usage?Dec 17, 2009 at 9:37 am #1554798
You should see how fast the old people are when making basketry. And besides, what else do you do when you're sitting around in camp after dinner and you're going UL with no entertainment whatsoever?Dec 17, 2009 at 9:51 am #1554799
Here are some videos on making the straw sandals (waraji)
Traditional waraji maker at a festival, taking about making them.
In the last video the sandal maker says that it takes about 30 minutes to make a sandal.
Some instructions:Dec 17, 2009 at 3:08 pm #1554943
@ouzelLocale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
"Here's the show's theme song."
What a beautifully evocative song. It perfectly captured the spirit of being on the move for me. Sent a chill down my spine. Thanks, Miguel.
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