Ue o Muite Aruko

March 15, 2011 at 2:21 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments
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I was inspired to do a cover of this song because it was running through my head all throughout watching the news about the big earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We still haven’t been able to contact some of our family and friends, so my heart goes out to them and to all others who died or are suffering through this.


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  1. Hope your family and friends are all okay =(

  2. I’m definitely praying for the people of Japan. I hope you are able to contact your friends and family soon!

  3. The kukri is not exactly polite,but I don’t know how to photoshop. 😦

  4. Hope you and your family are doing well, Laura.

  5. I don’t know what to say. I hope the Japanese can turn the tide and get things under control in Fukushima. I also hope the damage done by the tsunami will turn out to be less bad than it seems, although what is less bad? Plenty of lives have been affected in way too worse ways already. I hope your family and friends turn out to be well.

  6. I realized something. That I wasn’t very caring about what is happening around me. When I heard the news about the earthquake in Japan, I was just taking it for granted. I was very insensitive. I’m sorry about that Laura. Even though I’m a Christian, I didn’t even spend even a minute to pray for the the people who experienced the earthquake. I’m crying as I’m typing this.

    So to everyone who is reading this, please spend even a minute to pray for the lost one’s in the earthquake especially Laura’s relatives and friends. Your prayers would really make a difference. Even the most silent prayer is heard, even faith as small as a mustard seed could make a mountain jump to the ocean. And Laura, don’t worry, God would do something about it. God kept them safe within his mighty hands and you would see them soon. So cheer up! Give all those worries and sorrows to Jesus because I’m pretty sure that they are safe. God Bless You!

  7. Thank you for this song. I have not been able to stop thinking about Japan since I left and more so since earthquake and tsunami happened. It has become a second home to me and I am heartbroken that the people there are is such pain. There is so little that I can do and the words in this classic are exactly how I have been feeling, but not been able to form into words; Hanami in Amanohashidate, the waves in Aharen, the night sounds from my apartment in Arashiyama, the laughter of friends gathered along the banks of the Kamogawa…

    …and I know that these places are far from Sendai, but the spirit of Japan was always the same wherever I went. So, now I look up as I walk and remember. I am purchasing your CD because I like your music, but more so out of the love, honor and the duty I feel for Japan and my sincere and desperate hopes that the money can do some good. I pray for all those who have past that their spirits may rest. I pray for all those that live that they may stay strong.

  8. I have loved this song since I was a boy. With Youtube I have discovered some old recordings of Kyu Sakamoto singing it, and I enjoyed them, but the song has never brought tears to my eyes until I heard and saw you sing it.

    My prayers are, and always have been, with the people of Japan. Thank you for singing this song.

  9. I know that this is a post from quite a while back, but I just wanted to thank you for your beautiful rendition of the song. I found it while looking for music from PvZ today, and randomly clicked on it only to find that I knew the song! My host father sang this for me while studying in Japan several years ago, but I hadn’t heard it before or since… Hearing it again brought back a lot of wonderful memories of him getting drunk, carving up a giant chunk of toro with a knife the length of my arm, and then sitting down and serenading the family as we basked in the lazy wafting scent of the mosquito coils and yakiniku on a sweltering summer evening.

    Thank you for reminding me of such a happy time in my life! I know you did this recording in the wake of a terrible tragedy… It’s such a poignant song, and you did a wonderful job conveying the emotions of it.

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