I want to be a wave

16 Aug

A Japanese singer / songwriter named 「花坂美里」 (Misato Hanasaka), who goes by the stage name “misato“, is from Iwate, Japan…which is an area that was hit by the 2011 March 11 tsunami.

She heard a news report about a four-year-old boy whose mother died in the tsunami. The boy, named 「及川律くん」 (Ritsu Oikawa), knew that his mother was washed away in a wave but he’s too young to really understand. He said 「波になって会いたいな。」 (“I want to become a wave so I can be with (mother)“).

Ritsu Oikawa (4), right, and his younger brother Ei (3). (photo from Mainichi News)

The boys’ father told them that their mother is now the most beautiful star in the sky and they can see her up there. (This is commonly told to children in Japan if they lose a loved one).

When misato heard about the boy’s story it make a strong emotional impact on her so she decided to write a song for the boy.

Her song is titled 「波になりたい」 (“I Want To Become A Wave“).

The song is in Japanese but it says such things as: “Hey Mama, please hold me again and we can look down on the street from up in the sky”, and “I want to see mama again. I want to become a wave and carry you home. I want to become a wave and then see mama again!”

Here’s the song on YouTube:

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8 Responses to “I want to be a wave”

  1. Mom August 24, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    What a beautiful story and song…I feel so bad the young boy but I think that beautiful song will bring him much comfort. I am sure he will always cherish it in his heart. thank you for sharing this story. it is so touching. she is a wonderful song writer and singer.

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    • tokyo5 August 24, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

      >What a beautiful story and song…

      Yes. But so sad.

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  2. musings August 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Oh good gracious! This just really breaks your heart. It’s so beautiful. I’m going to send this to our good friend in Japan. I know he’ll love this. I’ll have to show this to my mom, too. Thank you for sharing.

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    • tokyo5 August 19, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

      >I’m going to send this to our good friend in Japan…. I’ll have to show this to my mom, too.

      Thanks.
      I hope they leave a comment too!

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      • musings August 21, 2011 at 2:02 am #

        Our friend, Osamu is in India on business right now and doesn’t understand blogging, I’m afraid. I’ll tell you what he says when he Skypes us again one of these days. We hear from him regularly. I had my mother listen to the song and she liked it a lot. She loves music. In fact, Osamu sent her a dozen CDs and DVDs of music recently which she has been loving.

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      • tokyo5 August 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

        >I’ll tell you what he says when he Skypes us

        I look forward to it.

        >my mother listen(ed) to the song and she liked it a lot.

        I’m glad. I think it’s a nice song too.

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  3. gigihawaii August 17, 2011 at 5:49 am #

    Very touching! I am glad their father survived.

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    • tokyo5 August 17, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

      >Very touching!

      I think so too. Both their story and the song are touching.

      >I am glad their father survived

      I am, too.

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