As one of our cheesy annual traditions, Chey and I decide a song that best represents the previous year that we had. Naturally, as huge Japanophiles, all the songs that we chose so far are all Japanese. For 2016, we decided on 福笑い (Fukuwarai) by 高橋 優 (Takahashi Yuu). As a word, Fukuwarai pertains to a Japanese game similar to Pin The Tail on the Donkey wherein you attach facial features on a blank face instead of, well… a tail on a donkey. However, the individual kanji characters are 福 (fuku/good fortune or happiness) and 笑 (warai / laughter or LOL in Japanese). Both of which we experienced in abundance with our friends, loved-ones, and each other during the past year. 😁
We first heard of Takahashi Yuu in the anime Bakuman with his song, 現実という名の怪物と戦う者たち (Genjitsu to Iu Na no Kaibutsu to Tatakau Monotachi / Those Who Fight the Monster Known as Reality). We both found it pretty catchy so we went to YouTube to search for his music videos and when the preview thumbnails finished loading, Chey and I both exclaimed that he looks like Glenn from the Walking Dead TV Series.
His music videos are interesting in their simplicity. Just him with a guitar singing and dancing and BIG hand-written characters for the lyrics. Also, most of the lyrics for his songs send strong positive messages that don’t seem preachy at the same time. I might try translating the lyrics for Fukuwarai in a separate post if I find the time (笑) but for now here’s our favorite line from the song. 🙂
きっとこの世界の共通言語は、英語じゃなくて笑顔だと思う。(I’m certain that this world’s common language isn’t English, but a smile.)