How Tabidachinohini Was Created in a Middle School in Chichibu in Japan

Takao Matsui (Seitoku University, Japan)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 193
EISBN13: 9781522598817|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8042-3.ch010
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The song “Tabidachinohini” is mostly sung at graduation ceremonies in Japan. It is a song called “On the Day of Departure” born at a junior high school in Chichibu, a mountainous area in Saitama Prefecture. The study describes how the song was created and how the song changed the school climate. The message put in this song echoes dreams and hopes and courage. The melody is somewhat nostalgic, but it leads us to a bright future. While spelling out how this song was borne and spreading, the author unravels the circumstances that have transformed into a school where the contact between the teacher and the student and the singing voice resonate. Did singing change the minds of people? The author looks back the process of how “Tabidachinohini” was created and sang among the students.
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