Students from Hikone City Nishi Junior High School have their school song by Baku
May 8, 2012 Ryukyu Shimpo
On May 7, 80 students from Hikone City Nishi Junior High School in Shiga Prefecture visited the Okinawa Prefectural Library on a school trip and saw the original lyrics of their school song written by a poet from Okinawa, Baku Yamanokuchi.
The 27 page-long lyrics were found in 2010. According to Nishi Junior High School, the school’s second principal, Morimatsu Ota, was from Okinawa and asked his friend Baku to write a song for the school. Pencil and fountain pen marks on the lyrics suggest that Baku made many revisions.
In far away Okinawa from Shiga, students saw the process of writing the song that they have been singing. Fourteen year-old Mikako Nakae said, “I feel the connection with Okinawa. I want to get to know about the school song.” Fifteen year-old Yuyako Kobori said, “The song was revised so many times. I understand his passion towards it.”
(English translation by T&CT, Megumi Chibana and Mark Ealey)
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