BTW: Would sing/whistle & listen to this song as a kid in 70’s… (my Dad would put record on)… also ironic, driving home from my parents, (Tuesday is Art (Project) Work), surprisingly came on the radio today, Tuesday, October 17, 2017..
Info about song: excerpted: my highlights/italics
So while “Sukiyaki” may have come out of a failed protest movement in Japan, that same song — with its hummable melody and sweet disposition — became an unlikely hit in an American summer of change: the summer of 1963.
“It really is a song about the sadness of looking back, but also being on the cusp of something being better in the future,” Condry says. “In some ways, that also helps explain the timelessness of that kind of sentiment [Ian Condry, who teaches Japanese culture at MIT, says “Sukiyaki” transcended language because it hit an emotional nerve. The song spent three weeks at the top of the Billboard charts in June 1963 and was already a huge hit in Japan before its American debut. But what most listeners in the U.S. probably didn’t realize was how it symbolized Japan’s return to the world stage….
10/17/17 @ 5:07 p.m.