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Published on Mar 16, 2010
Here's my mashup/remix of the sentimental Okinawan folk favorite Nada SouSou 涙そうそう featuring various artists, as well as clips from the 2006 boxoffice hit movie by the same name.
Nada SouSou ("Tears For You" or "Tears Flowing Endlessly" in the Okinawan dialect) was written by the Okinawan folk band BEGIN with lyrics by legendary folk singer Moriyama Ryoko, who is considered the Joan Baez of Japan. It was written in part as a tribute to her late brother.
The song truly became popularized after a cover version was recorded by Okinawan singer Rimi Natsukawa, who also plays the traditional shinsen, a three-string instrument similar to the shamisen. Her rendition is used as the theme to the 2006 film starring teen idols Satoshi Tsumabuki and Masami Nagasawa. The sad and epic tale is considered a contemporary Romeo and Juliet or Love Story. Yes, it's a sappy, sentimental tear-jerker in the truest tradition of Japanese movies of this genre, but I thought it was well worth watching.
Other artists featured in this mashup include Tibetan-Chinese singer Alan (yes, that's her name), who also plays the haunting Erhu. While searching the web I also ran across a video featuring the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet Band Brass Ensemble performing at Mikasa Park adjacent Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, one of my old stomping grounds as a kid. I thought the horn section worked perfectly into the mix.
I hope you enjoy this mashup. Yokoso!
P.S. Someone uploaded a video guide to the filming locations. Thought it somewhat interesting, especially if you're familiar with Okinawa or the movie. Here's the link: