"Dango San Kyodai" (The Three Brothers Dango) [28 April 1999]
If you've been hearing snatches of a lilting tune that sounds like a tango, but is being hummed or sung by school children, it is the latest music craze. The animation and song aired recently on the "Okaa-san to Issho" (With Mother) children's television program on the NHK educational channel (#3 in Tokyo from about 8:30 to 9 a.m.). The song is called "Dango san kyodai" and is sung by Mr. Kintaro Hayami & Ms. Ayumi Shigemori, the head couple performing in the program. Kushidango is a Japanese food that involves rice paste balls (mochi) on a skewer. The song sings of the three mochi (dango) brothers. It is very catchy, especially when you see the animation that goes with the song.
The Japanese text of the tune, written by Masumi Uchino and Mr. Yoshiro Horie, can be seen and listened to at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT9zNBFMzx0. The animation and lyrics were done by Mr. Masahiko Sato. You can also hear a trombone quintet interpretation!
We've attempted to translate it into Romaji, in case you want to learn the words. Next to the Japanese lyrics, there is a rough translation into English. We've also tried to write the music down for it, which may have a mistake or two, but we think it is in the key of C Minor. You can try to print the page (Ctrl + P for PCs and Command + P for Macs).
You can see a GIF of the sheet music here. (98K)
Lyrics (with rough English translation):
You can rent or buy the single CD for Dango San Kyodai in music stores. It is also on this 2 CD set of songs from "Okaa-san to Issho" (CD cover pictured at right). Each CD in this 2 CD set has 20 regular songs from the show and 5 songs for karaoke at the end. The lyrics to each song are written in hiragana and katakana in the CD jacket.
Here is a list of the songs on this CD set (translated into romaji).
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