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The Setsubun and Ogre's Song - Oni no Pantsu

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Setsubun and Ogre's song - Oni no Pantsu

February 3rd is "Setsubun." On setsubun there is special ritual called, "mamemaki (bean-throwing)" to expel demons and invite fortune. People throw roasted soybeans saying "Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi (Get out Ogre! Come in Happiness!)."

As for the "oni," there is a Japanese children's song called, "Oni no Pantsu," which uses the melody from a famous Italian song, "Funiculì, Funiculà." The song is about how strong the ogre's underpants are, which are made of tiger's skin. It is unknown who wrote such funny lyrics. There are also cute actions that go with the song. I think many Japanese remember singing and dancing to this song when they were little.

Japanese Translation

節分と鬼のパンツ

2月3日は節分です。節分には、厄をはらい、福をよびこむために豆まきをする習慣があります。「鬼は外!福は内!」というかけ声とともに、いり豆をまくのです。

鬼といえば、「鬼のパンツ」という子供の歌があります。これは、イタリアの有名な歌「フニクリフニクラ」の替え歌です。歌詞は、虎の毛皮でできた鬼のパンツがどんなに丈夫でであるかを歌ったものです。いったい、誰がこんなユーモラスな歌詞をつけたのかは不明です。この歌には、かわいらしい振り付けもあります。子供のころ、この歌を歌いながら踊った思い出のある日本人も多いことと思います。

Romaji Translation

Ni-gatsu mikka wa setsubun desu. Setsubun niwa, yaku o harai, fuku o yobikomu tame ni mamemaki o suru shuukan ga arimasu. "Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!" to iu kakegoe to tomo ni, irimame o maku no desu.

Oni to ieba, "Oni no pantsu" to iu kodomo no uta ga arimasu. Kore wa, itaria no yuumeina uta "Funikuri Funikura" no kaeuta desu. Kashi wa, tora no kegawa de dekita oni no pantsu ga donnani joubu de aru ka o utatta mono desu. Ittai, dare ga konna yuumorasuna kashi o tsuketa no ka wa fumei desu. Kono uta niwa, kawairashii furitsuke mo arimasu. Kodomo no koro, kono uta o utainagara odotta omoide no aru nihonjin mo ooi koto to omoimasu.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

It is unknown who wrote such funny lyrics.

  • Dare ga konna yuumorasuna kashi o tsuketa no ka wa fumei desu.
  • だれが こんなゆーもらすなかしを つけたのかは ふめいです。
  • 誰がこんなユーモラスな歌詞をつけたのかは不明です。
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