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     For a relaxing evening after work, Japanese families play soft music—normally the saxo of Hideki Tohgi accompanies families to the hot bath evening ritual. One of the classic songs in Japanese contemporary music and one which many foreigners know is Sukiyaki, a song made popular by Mr. Sakamoto who tragically died in a plane crash. The melody is contagious and you will find it in every karaoke establishment in Japan. Here are the lyrics:


Ue Wo Muite Arukou
Words by Rokusuke Ei
Music by Hachidai Nakamura

Ue wo muite arukou
Nakinagara aruku
Hitori botchi no yoru
Namida ga kobore nai youni Omoidasu haru no hi
Hitori botchi no yoru

Omoidasu aki no hi
Hitori botchi no yoru
Ue wo muite arukou
Nijinda hoshi wo kazoete
Omoidasu natsu no hi
Hitori botchi no yoru

Kanashimi wa hoshi no kage ni
Kanashimi wa hoshi no kage ni
Shiawase wa kumo no ueni
Shiawase wa sora no ueni
Ue wo muite arokou
Namida ga koborenai youni
Ue wo muite arukou
Namida ga
Kobore nai youni
Nakinagara Aruku
Hitori botchi no yoru
Hitori botchi no yoru


Translation:
     I look up when I walk so the tears won't fall. Remembering those happy spring days. But tonight I'm all alone I look up when I walk, counting the stars with tearful eyes. Remembering those happy summer days. But tonight I'm all alone. Happiness lies beyond the clouds. Happiness lies above the sky. I look up when I walk so the tears won't fall. Though my heart is filled with sorrow. For tonight I'm all alone (whistling). Remembering those happy autumn days. But tonight I'm all alone. Sadness hides in the shadow of the stars. Sadness lurks in the shadow of the moon. I look up when I walk so the tears won't fall. Though my heart is filled with sorrow. For tonight I'm all alone.

 

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