Friday, July 10, 2009

Sukiyaki Song: David & Yuko Sing!

Here we are serenading our Japanese nephews - Kai & Koh - with Sakamoto Kyu's classic, "上を向いて歩こう (Ue Wo Muite Arukō)" aka "Sukiyaki Song." "Ue Wo Muite Arukō," translated as "I'll Walk With My Head Held High," means keeping your spirits up, even when times are bad and you might be feeling lonely. Originally released in Japan in 1961, it became a North American Number 1 hit in June 1963, the first (and last) Japanese song ever to do so.

Sadly, Sakamoto died in a Japan Airlines crash near Gunma - where we lived for a year in 1999-2000 - on August 12, 1985 at 43. Here he is singing the original in 1963:

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