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The last time Japanese music made me laugh so hard was with the anime Tesagure! Bukatsumono’s opening song “Stand Up!!!!” The song was very deep and well constructed, and was magnificently, obvious. If I had to pick an anime opening that takes the title for most meta, it would be that one. But this time I won’t be looking in to Tesagure’s hilarious opening, but I will be putting the video down below in case you’re curious.
Now if you are a fan of Japanese music I assume you already know that there is such a thing as J-Rock, aside from J-Pop. The differences are obvious, with Babymetal probably being somewhere in between the two. Now if you’re not, let me ask you a simple question.
At any point in time, if you use Facebook, have you heard a song about “I don’t want to get out of the futon?” I don’t know if it will help, but it features a cute little penguin sleeping inside its little futon (Japanese style bed). If that still doesn’t ring a bell, here’s the video.
If you remember, good job! If you don’t, well still read on because you might probably become a fan of theirs.
Uchikubigokumondoukoukai, aside from having a really long and distinctive name (Japanese: 打首獄門同好会) is a Japanese hard rock band. I recently started to listen to their songs because of that exact video I just referenced.
If I were to describe their songs, I would say, they have a way with words.
The lyrics are so deep, and well constructed, and they’re so artistic. In fact, my most favorite one is when the— OH WHO AM I KIDDING, THE LYRICS ARE THE BEST. In fact They’re really not as deep as you think. In fact, it’s more on the comedic side of things, even some songs will make you scream “what the hell did I just listen to,” in a good way. At first glance, you might think to yourself, gee, these are some catchy songs! I wonder what they are about? And we will get to that later!
Though really, even though it might give the impression to some that these people simply ran out of ideas and decided to write about super mundane everyday things, and seriously I don’t blame them for thinking that way, I personally think this is a charm in itself. Let’s face it, it’s not everyday do you hear a hard rock song about something bad happening to a smartphone. It gives off this light and playful aura that gives a nice contrast to the very strong and powerful sounds given off by their hard rock style of music. It’s a good change of pace, and is good for a quick laugh or two.
Other than this, their music is highly relatable to an extent. Let’s go to the futon song for example. I’m pretty sure most if not all of us have experienced not wanting to get out of bed because it is so cold outside. There’s a reason, why when I first stumbled across this band, the Facebook page that shared it put a caption saying “this is your winter anthem,” or something similar. It’s relatable content like this that come close to rivaling those cheesy love songs that get annoying once 5 radio stations and the nearby store overplays it when it comes to relatability.
Let’s go through some of my personal favorites from this very creative band! May I highly suggest giving the song a listen before reading anything if you don’t understand Japanese, but you’re welcome to just read on, that’s fine.
#1 Nihon no Kome wa Sekai Ichi | 日本の米は世界一
The bowl of rice at the start is the subject of this song. Yes, the title of this very, taste bud provoking, hunger inducing song translates to: “Japanese rice is the best.” But Ayappi, isn’t “gohan” the word for rice? Yes, while normally we use ご飯(gohan) for the rice that we eat on our table, 米 (kome) can also be used to refer to rice, although it may be unnatural to use.
The song lyrics are 75% Japanese food names, 10% 食！食！(Shoku shoku) which just means food. And the remaining to be justifications and expressions on how Japanese rice is, the world’s number one rice.
#2 Shimaguni DNA (島国ＤＮＡ）
The title card of the music video translates to: “Japan’s fish.” And this is exactly what the song is about, Japan’s (edible) fish. The song proceeds to list down, much like the first song in this roundup, Japanese food based off of fish such as Shiokara (imagine Natto but fishier), Sashimi and others.
Out of all the lyrics though, one line stands out in the chorus: “We Japanese people love fish.” This song in my opinion, wanted to express the identity of the Japanese people being from an island nation. The fact that there are so many fish based dishes in Japan, as well as the abundance of fish itself thanks to the country being surrounded by water, their claims might as well be true. Regardless, I think they did their job well. If we take a look at the title too, “Island nation DNA.”
Just remember that the Japanese are humans too and not all love fish.
Fun fact: When they scream “Whoa whoa!”, that’s actually not whoa whoa. It’s “uo, uo!” In Japanese, it’s 「魚、魚！」which translates to “FISH FISH!”
#3 Nikutabeikou (ニクタベイコウ！)
I’ll admit I only included this song because I kept laughing at 29, which is a number pun for “meat” in Japanese. However, I think I can try to make sense out of the video.
It shows a video of children playing, and repeatedly slams meat names and dishes at your eyes. Now I remember the times when me and my family or friends would grill food, either at a restaurant or at the beach. Two things are certain:
- Meat, meat, and lots of meat!
- It brings people together, mostly
I don’t really have that much memories of playing outside because of my parent’s looking out for my security, but I know for a fact that children playing outside is a way of connecting with others, with the world. I think what the song is trying to say, other than the fact that there are so many delicious meat dishes out there, is that we are a community!
In the end, I highly recommend you give their music a chance to be in your own music collections. All their videos and music, mostly, are available on YouTube and on Apple Music or Spotify. If you’re a fan of Uchikubigokumondoukoukai, which song is your favorite?
Alright, thank you for taking the time to read my little article! I hope you have a great day and rock on ❤