Friday, May 02, 2014

Dynamic Ryukyu by Enchanting Yuko Narisoko (and by JGSDF and by Akira Ikuma)

I recently was hooked to this TV channel, "Hello! Japan" and I happened to see this enchanting video clip 2 nights ago. The title is "Dynamic Ryukyu" performed by Yuko Narisoko (official website narisokoyuko.com).

Here is the YouTube clip of the music video, "ダイナミック琉球/成底ゆう子 【PVフル】". Yuko Narisoko's voice is simply, well, enchanting too! And the background dancers, heh. Cute. Are they performing a kind of martial arts? Hmm...


Further check about the song, "Dynamic Ryuku" and I came across one, "平成24年度自衛隊音楽まつり ダイナミック琉球" performed by JGSDF (Japan Ground Self-Defense Force). Cool, eh?


More searching on the YouTube and I encountered one, "【イクマあきら】ダイナミック琉球LIVE ver 2010.12.31" performed by Akira Ikuma. Nice outfit too. Heh.


He seems to the be actual singer who popularized the song. Well, any Japanese readers might perhaps correct me about this?

By the way here's the lyrics:
*Ikuma Akira with Hirata Daiichi*

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umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

.
umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

.
kaze ni fukarete shima wo aruku
yume ni fukarete umi wo wataru
tsuki ni fukarete namida wo nagashi
tsumi ni fukarete asu wo omou

.
mihatenu yume wa
kanadeteru omoi
toikakeru mirai
hashiru ano sora he

.
kaze yo hikari no kaze yo
meguru sadame no shirube yo
daichi fukinarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

.

.
~ kuduchi – rap ~
pai nu kaji fuku
urizun nu gutu ni
muni nu umui yu
katati hanasa na
umi nwatariti
shima nmeguriti
washita niseetaa nu
chimu ya dondon
tisaji meeuchi
uta yu sanshin
haiyasasa ha haiyasasa
haisaisaisa ha haiyasasa
haisaisaisa ha haiyasasa
haiyasasa
haiyasasa

.

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hoshi no kotonoha nami ni ukabete
yozora wo wataru yume no sabani
kuon no sora ni nagareboshi hitotsu
nami wa omoi wo yosete kaesu

.
na mo naki tami no
koe naki uta wo
michi ni tatsu hito yo
kaze ni toki hanate

.
sora yo moeru tida no
inochi no ibuki ni yume
ooshiiku hirogeta tsubasa
ten takaku chuu wo mau

.
umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

.
umi yo inori no umi yo
nami no koe hibiku sora yo
daichi fuminarashi tataku
shima no teeku nu hibiki

.
shima no teeku nu hibiki

.
shima no teeku nu hibik

So what is this "Ryukyu"? And what makes it "Dynamic"? Well I can't really answer the 2nd question. But here are what I gathered about "Ryukyu":
1. The Ryukyu Islands is known in Japanese as the Nansei Islands (南西諸島 Nansei-shotō, lit. "Southwest Islands") and also known as the Ryukyu Arc (琉球弧 Ryūkyū-ko), are a chain of volcanic Japanese islands that stretch southwest from Kyushu to Taiwan: the Ōsumi, Tokara, Amami, Okinawa, and Sakishima Islands (further divided into the Miyako and Yaeyama Islands), with Yonaguni the southernmost. The largest of the islands is Okinawa.

2. The Ryukyu Kingdom (Japanese: 琉球王国 Ryūkyū Ōkoku; Ryukyuan: 琉球國 Ruuchuu-kuku; traditional Chinese: 琉球國; simplified Chinese: 琉球国; pinyin: Liúqiú Guó; historical English name: Lewchew, Luchu) was an independent kingdom which ruled most of the Ryukyu Islands from the 15th century to the 19th century. The kings of Ryukyu unified Okinawa Island and extended the kingdom to the Amami Islands in modern-day Kagoshima Prefecture, and the Sakishima Islands near Taiwan. Despite its small size, the kingdom played a central role in the maritime trade networks of medieval East and Southeast Asia.

3. And from "History of the Ryukyu Islands": The name Ryūkyū originates from Chinese writings, while "Okinawa" was coined in Okinawa.[1][2] The earliest references to "Ryūkyū" write the name as 琉虬 (Mandarin Pinyin: Líuqíu; Jyutping: Lau4kau4) in the Chinese history Book of Sui in 607. It is a descriptive name, meaning "glazed horn-dragon".

4. Japan Focus, "Examining the Myth of Ryukyuan Pacifism" has a mention of a musical, "King Sho Hashi--Dynamic Ryukyu". Hmm...

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