Hotsui Matsuri Day 2- Two songs that kids learn in Japan

For those of us that are learning Japanese, I, Star would say that music is a really good way of practicing how to pronounce words. Like how some Americans learn Heart and Soul I also learned Neko Funjatta on piano and only remember the first verse in lyrics. But as I got older and started hearing how other language classes learned songs I challenged my teacher in highschool to give us a song. Given, majority of the class memorized the song and recited it like the Pledge of Allegiance, I however sang the song the way it was intended. That song was Shabondama Tonda.

Neko Funjatta

The history from what I can understand is that this song has undertones to a German piano song called Flea Waltz also known as Der Flohwalzer and the Finnish song Kissanpolka. Not sure when it happened, but the Japanese lyrics folded in and a cultural phenomenon was born.

Neko funjatta neko funjatta
neko funzukechattara hikkaita
neko hikkaita neko hikkaita
neko bikkurishite hikkaita
warui nekome tsume wo kire
yane wo orite hige wo sore
neko nyaado nyaado neko kaburi
neko nade koe de amaeteru

neko gomen nasai neko gomen nasai
neko odokashichatte gomen nasai
neko yottoide neko yottoide
neko katsubushi yaru kare yottoide

neko funjatta neko funjatta
neko funzukechattara tondetta
neko tonjatta neko tonjatta
neko osora he tonjatta

aoi sora ni kasa sashite
fuwari fuwari kumo no ue
goro nyaado nyaado naiteiru
goro nyaado nyaado toomegane

neko tonjatta neko tonjatta
neko suttonjatte mou mienai
neko guu bai bai neko guu bai bai
neko ashita no asa oridoide

neko funjatta neko funjatta 
neko funzukechattara hikkaita
neko hikkaita neko hikkaita
neko bikkurishite hikkaita

warui nekome tsume wo kire
yane wo orite hige wo sore
neko nyaado nyaado neko kaburi
neko nade koe de amaeteru

neko gomen nasai neko gomen nasai
neko odokashichatte gomen nasai
neko yottoide neko yottoide
neko katsubushi yaru kare yottoide

slepped on the cat stepped on the cat
i stepped on the cat then it scratched me
the cat scratched me X2
cuz the cat was surprised so it scratched me
the bad cat, cut your nails
get down from thr roof and shave hair
cat nya-go nya-go
cat, im sorry x2
Im sorry i made u surprised
come here cat, X2
come here ill give u snacks
stepped on the cat X2
i stepped on the cat then it flyed
the cat flyedX2
the car flyed
opened the unbrella in the blue sky
on the softy clouds
barking goro-nya go nya-go
goro nya-go everyone looking from far away (idk)
the car flyed x2
the cat flyed and i cant see it anymore
cat good bye bye x2
come back here tomorrow morning

https://forum.unilang.org/viewtopic.php?t=30218

Shabondama Tonda

Shabon-dama tonda, yanemade tonda,
Yanemade tonde, kowarete kieta

Shabon-dama kieta, tobazuni kieta
Umarete suguni, kowarete kieta
Kaze kaze fukuna, shabon-dama tobaso

Soap bubbles flew
They flew up to the roof, they flew up to the roof,
then broke and disappeared

Soap bubbles disappeared, they disappeared without flying
As soon as they were born, they broke and disappeared

Wind, wind, don’t blow! Let’s fly, bubbes

Soap bubbles disappeared, they disappeared without flying
As soon as they were born, they broke and disappeared

Wind, wind, don’t blow! Let’s fly, bubbles

Soap bubbles flew
They flew up to the roof, they flew up to the roof,
then broke and disappeared

https://helloprolyrics.fandom.com/wiki/Shabondama_(The_Douyou_Pops_2)#Translation

Alright, that’s the music lesson for today! Thank you for joining us for a day of Hotsui Matsuri!

AishiteLOVEru~

Star


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