So as some of you might know, I went to Japan a week ago and got to watch the new Studio Ghibli movie, Kaze Tachinu. While it was a great movie, what really touched me was the theme song, “Hikoukigumo” sang by Yuming. My mother and I were lucky enough to watch an interview where one of the producers of Kaze Tachinu talked about how Yuming reacted to Miyazaki wanting to use her song in the movie. She was delighted- but probably not for the reason you think.
In case you didn’t know, “Hikoukigumo” was not written for Kaze Tachinu, as most Ghibli movie theme songs are. Yuming wrote it when she was 16. When Miyazaki heard it he chose it, saying that it was perfect for the movie.
Yuming wrote “Hikoukigumo” because of a very close friend she had since Elementary school. Her friend had a weak constitution and was constantly ill. At the early age of 14, Yuming started her singing career and traveled around, taking voice lessons and performing. When she returned to her home town and visited her friend’s house, she was greeted by a shrine and the news of her friend’s death.
In her sadness, Yuming wrote “Hikoukigumo” and recorded it, however it was never a success compared to her other songs. So when Miyazaki contacted her and told her he wanted to use it in his film, she was overjoyed.
I wanted to pass this on, because “Hikoukigumo” is already such a lovely song, but when you know the background behind it it becomes even more touching. Now my mother and I can’t listen to it without tearing up! This song is the most popular song in Japan right now, you hear it practically everywhere (something that I’m sure Yuming is happy about). If you have the time, I recommend you to listen to it with the lyrics at hand.
(English Translation of the Lyrics below, since I couldn’t find one on the Internet. A warning though, that I’m not very fluent in Japanese)
Oh god, my feels….
Uuuuurgh my feeeels!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
“I finally made it out of that company that is not worthy of a mention…”
“Why do I have supreme bad luck with my employment…?”
“How much longer do I have to endure before everything falls into place…?”
“Why are my finances always short…?”
“Why do I keep meeting people who are different and it never fails to broaden my world…?”
“When is my love story’s going to begin…?”
I find myself asking these questions as and when my brain decides to take a tea break. As if being armed with the fact that other people had it worse is not enough, my brain decides to think otherwise anyways. To keep on living can be torturous but yet it could be ten times worse in the afterlife. So really, what am I here for?
T H O U G H T S
HunHan love is soooo lacking these days.