Kina Shōkichi songs

The early parts of Spirited Away really reminded me of Okinawan music that became popular in the ’70s. It struck a resonance especially with the sanshin–a 3-stringed banjo-like instrument that is also like a shamisen— of the singer Kina Shōkichi. Here are a couple of clips. The waft of this music into the images might challenge Yoshioka’s view of “Japanese-ness” as something that is set on the mainland. Or does it complicate ideas of Miyazaki’s pan-Asian-ness?

First is his first big hit, “Haisai Ojisan,” which means something like “Hi there, old man.”

HAISAI OJISAN/ HEY MAN!
Music and Lyrics by Shoukichi Kina
Arranged by Shoukichi Kina

Hey, man! Hey, man !
If there’s a drop of sake left in last night’s little bottle
Won’t you give me some?
Hey, boy! Hey, boy!
You think I’m satisfied with a little bottle?
Don’t say there’s none left!
Ok, man! If the little bottle’s not enough, give me a big one

Hi, man! Hi, man!
I wanna marry, I’m not a kid anymore
Can I marry your daughter?
Hey, boy! Hey boy!
Marry? No kidding!
You’re still too young to talk about such things
Ok, man! I’ll wait till my hair turns white

Hi, man! Hi, man!
What a big bald spot you have!
Hey, boy! Hey, boy!
Bald men are excellent
My forefathers were really excellent
Ok, man! I’m gonna have cosmetic surgery to add bald spots

Hi, man! Hi, man!
Your beard is funny, like the whiskers of an attic mouse
Hey, boy! Hey, boy !
Laugh at my beard, but women love bearded men
Ok, man! I don’t wanna be outdone by you,
Starting tomorrow, I’ll grow a beard that looks like the whiskers of a mouse

Hi, man! hi, man!
Last night’s hooker was really pretty, you should go there, too
Hey, boy! Hey, boy !
In Chiji, Nakajima and Watanji,* I’m a big shot
Okay, man! Going around here and there, I’m wasting my money
You’re wasting your money

*Red light districts in Okinawa

Lyrics from the Luaka Bop website.

Now, a version of “Hana” (Flowers), in which he plays electric guitar, but is still pretty fierce~~

Hana: Subete no Hito no Kokoro ni Hana wo

Kawa wa nagarete doko doko yuku no
Hito mo nagarete doko doko yuku no
Sonna nagare ga tsuku koro ni wa
Hana to shite, hana to shite
Sakasete agetai

Nakinasai, warainasai
Itsu no hi ka, itsu no hi ka
Hana wo sakasδ yo

Namida nagarete doko doko yuku no
Ai mo nagarete doko doko yuku no
Sonna nagare wo kono uchi ni
Hana to shite, hana to shite
Mu(ka)ete agetai

Nakinasai, warainasai.
Itsu no hi ka, itsu no hi ka
Hana wo sakasδ yo

Hana wa hana to shite warai mo dekiru
Hito wa hito to shite namida mo nagasu
Sore ga shizen no uta na no sa
Kokoro no naka ni, kokoro no naka ni
Hana wo sakasδ yo

Nakinasai, warainasai.
Itsu itsu ma de mo, itsu itsu ma de mo
Hana wo tsu ka mδ yo

Lyrics and melody by Kina Shoukichi

Hana: May Flowers Bloom in the Hearts of All People

Rivers flow on and on to who knows where.
People also flow on and on to who knows where.
When they reach their ends,
I would make such currents bloom
As flowers! As flowers!

Please cry if you must and laugh if you must,
And some day, some day
Let us make our flowers bloom!

Tears flow on and on to who knows where.
Love also flows on and on to who knows where.
Within this heart,
I would make such currents bloom
As flowers! As flowers!

Please cry if you must and laugh if you must,
And some day, some day
Let us make our flowers bloom!

Flowers, being flowers, are able to laugh.
People, being people, will also shed tears.
That is the song of nature, you know.
Let us make our flowers bloom
In our hearts! In our hearts!

Please cry if you must and laugh if you must,
And some day, some day
Let us make our flowers bloom!

English Translation by David Matsumoto, originally posted on Berkeley Buddhist Temple site

And finally, a duo with elder statesman Ry Cooder, “Jing jing” (Firefly), in which he invites the firefly to come on up and drink with him (agareyō, jing jing!)

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