Wednesday, September 20, 2006

For Matt and Harbormaster

So this is what happens to retired sumos... (actually most of them go on to become sports casters, masters of their own 'stable', or owners of restaraunts/bars).

The song he's singing is a famous children's song. The lyrics are basically:

"I can hear the frog's song
kwa kwa kwa kero kero kero kero
I can hear the frog's song
kwa kwa kwa kero keor keoro...etc."

7 comments:

Bk30 said...

Hmm..I know that will strike some as funny. Personally I liked it( BK ducks the flaming rotten tomatoes). It sounds like a sweet lullaby. To me it seemed polynesian in sound, rather than Japanese..but I am uncultured bafoon(sp. Probably the ukulele throwing me off...

Anonymous said...

Holy Crap. That's the best thing in the whole world. Thanks for posting.

Kappa no He said...

Bk: Wow! You're amazing. I think he sort of Hawaiian'd it up. Changed the rhythm and phrasing so that yea, it is much more islandy than well, Japanese...which is an island too. But you know what I mean.

And sumo wrestlers are almost always well known for their great singing voices. Konishiki has several albums out, it seems!

Matt: I knew you'd love that. I greatly admire the man. It's the suit though that does me in.

Casey C 'Gooch' said...

Tag you're it!

Fascinating stuff. From what I've seen of Japanese TV up until now, nothing surprises me anymore!

Are you fluent enough to be able to watch and follow along?

Kappa no He said...

Hey Gooch! Thanks for the tag. I put up a whole new post in celebration.

Japanese. Yea. I'm pretty fluent but following along on some of those shows is another matter entirely!

Bill Fullerton said...

I like his voice, and the tune is charming. But I agree with you about the suit. Of course, if the target audience is kids....

Thanks for sharing. It's something I won't soon forget.

Bayou Bill

Harbormaster said...

Thanks! I think... :)