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A song I picked today is kind a heavy~~~. 【防人の詩】(The poem of Sakimori) by Masashi Sada

Lately I watched a movie call [422] last Sunday. This movie is about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army. They were Japanese Americans who fought in Europe, legendary well known soldiers in WW ?.

Then I had a chance to talk to a old man who fought in Vietnam war this Sunday. He told me that a lot of his friends past away during the combat.

It's like shock to me, you know. I never thought that human been can die so easily, and our lives are supported by so much miracle things.

Then I thought about this song, because this song was also theme song for the movie [ 203 Kochi (1980)], was about Russo- Japanese War.

Year 1979, Japanese singer song writer Sada Masashi composed this song,『防人の詩/sakimori no uta』for this movie. I remember this song because I went to watch this movie with my father when I was still little.

This song is simply describing how transient all our life is in this world.

But I think there are more in to it.


防人 Sakimori (663 -1019 or more)
Soldiers garrisoned at strategic posts in Kyushu in ancient times.



 Those people were ruled by one big family in Japan at that time, and usually they were farmers in their own country. They had to leave their family and their farm and travel so far even from east side of Japan to Kyushu which located on almost the edge of west Japan once they were drafted. All the expense was coming out of their own pockets. But still had to pay their annual rice tax from their land.

This event was so tough for those men also their familys.

That's why Sakimori often left some poem about their toughness during military service.

We have a lot of them in our historical reference materials, called Sakimori no uta (Poem).

【Sakimori no uta】 had had hiding meaning in it.

”Anti War"


Since they wrote about the feeling how much they hated to go to duty.


Here is the interesting part of this song.

The motif of this song surpassed to be【 203 Kouchi(Hill) 1904-1905】 , Japan fought against Russia.

And Japan won this war.

Japanese public opinion was strongly lean towards militaristic. There were nothing to do with Sakimori.

We started become more Militarism Country after that, and Military controlled our country through the end of WW?.

The movie 【203Hill】 was trying to show how we had fought bravery during Russo-Japan war, also how much lives were waisted for a victory. Yes, we won. But the one victory made our military unstoppable. It was also beginning of too many sacrifices. The movie was trying to describe a 【Victory of the war】 ironically.

In fact, there were a lot of Pacifists in japan at that time, but ignored or arrested.

Their voices was just like voices of Sakimori no uta.

That's why Masashi chose 【Sakimori no uta】as a title.





Poem of Sakimori / Masashi Sada

Please tell me why is it like this?
all those living creatures on this earth today
If they have the end of their lives in this world, and can't get a way with it?

If the ocean ever dry?
If the mountains disappear?
What about wind ever stop?
Also the sky would disappear?
Oh please answer me

I sometime think about our suffering
About sorrows that people equally holding in their own mind
Toughness of living in this world
sorrow for the aging of us
Getting sickness isn't easy thing
Sorrows for the our own death
And myself at this moment

Please answer me why it's like this?
If there are promises to all of creatures
For each of them, If there are some kind of destiny
Would spring die forever?
As well as fall also?
Before the summer go away
before the winter has come
Would every one going to die


Shall we believe the shine of our own
life, little and fleeting our own lives
Shall we believe "The Hope" which hard to see from our words
There are people leave here
And Visitors' too
The Half moon soon to become full as time goes by
In our livelihood

Please tell me why it's like this
all those living creatures on this earth today
If they have the end of their lives in this world, and can't get a way?
If the ocean ever dry?
If the mountain disappear?
Would spring die forever?
As well as fall also?
If our love ever die?
If our spirits die?
Every body in my dearest old town Also
going to be disappear?

If the ocean ever dry?
If the mountain disappear?
Would spring die forever?
As well as fall also?
If our love ever die?
If our spirits die?
Every body in my dearest old town Also
going to be disappear?

防人の詩/さだまさし

おしえてください
この世に生きとし生けるものの
すべての命に限りがあるのならば
海は死にますか 山は死にますか
風はどうですか 空もそうですか
おしえてください

私は時折苦しみについて考えます
誰もが等しく抱いた悲しみについて
生きる苦しみと 老いていく悲しみと
病の苦しみと 死にいく悲しみと
現在の自分と

答えてください
この世にありとあらゆるものの
すべての命に約束があるのなら
春は死にますか 秋は死にますか
夏が去る様に 冬が来る様に
みんな逝くのですか

わずかな命の
きらめきを信じていいですか
言葉で見えない望みといったものを
さる人があれば 来る人もあって
欠けてゆく月も やがて満ちて来る
なりわいの中で

おしえてください
この世に生きとし生けるものの
すべての生命に限りがあるのならば
海は死にますか 山は死にますか
春は死にますか 秋は死にますか
愛は死にますか 心は死にますか
私の大切な故郷もみんな
逝ってしまいますか

海は死にますか 山は死にますか
春は死にますか 秋は死にますか
愛はしにますか 心は死にますか
私の大切な故郷もみんな
逝ってしまいますか
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