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Moshimo dameki ga sekai ni itara – Yumi

Real name Morishita Yumiko, blood type A, Yumi was the lead vocalist in Soft Cream in the early 80’s before venturing solo, this being her first single. And guess what it’s the closing theme to an anime. One about a raccoon named Moshi, whom i think may have traveled around the world teaching Japanese kids about different countries. And that’s basically what this song is: Yumi sings the same verse over and over, each turn a new country is visited, its capital city is mentioned and the greeting is sung in that country’s language. Sung in a very heavy idol accent, mind.

The U.S.A, Italy, Brazil, Ethiopia, the Soviet Union, Netherlands, India, Egypt, France and Antarctica all get a turn. Antarctica has its greeting sung “Konnichiwa” for some reason. The Japanese do have a number of scientific research stations on the continent (for whaling i think), and to offer the greeting in English, Spanish or Norwegian would have been to declare claim to any of those countries over the other, defying the Antarctic Treaty System. It should have been sung in a penguin language, but i guess to its audience it carries a sense of yours, mine and everybody’s when kept in Japanese.

I’m posting the first version of this song. There being too many countries and greetings in the world for one song, even one seven minute song, a sequel was released. It is exactly the same, only we visit Spain, China, Norway, the UK, Argentina, Denmark, South Korea, Greece and Switzerland in that. I actually prefer the second version because it has a better arrangement i.e. doesn’t have jungle noises pasted over the top of everything. If this comes up again i’ll post it. But both, in their length and repetitiveness, have this gentle, lulling quality, perfect for what they are, sending me right back to my primary school library and that 910 section i spent all of my time in.

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