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Romaji Title: kami no shima haruka kuni
Kanji Title: 神の島遥か国
English Title: God's Island, A Distant Land

English CreditsKanji Credits
Lyrics & Music : Kuwata Keisuke
作詩・作曲:桑田佳祐

NOTES
Awamori is a very strong Okinawan liquor (of which Awanami is a specific type). "haisai" is a fairly typical and well known Okinawan greeting. The Kariyushi is a beach resort in Okinawa. Yaeyama are a series of islands in Okinawa, and Misaki is a cape at the northern tip of Okinawa main island. Gasami is a blue crab that is native to Okinawa. The sanshi is a stringed instrument that's basically Okinawa's version of the shamisen (traditional Japanese stringed instrument). "The sorrowful Asadoya" refers to "Asadoya Yunta". "Asadoya Yunta" is a song that originated in Okinawa about a woman named Asadoya nu Kuyama, who was brave enough to reject a wedding proposal from a government official. Orion beer is a beer that is distributed in Okinawa, brewed by the Orion Brewery (together with Asahi Brewery). The "Manta Scramble" is an Okinawan event from spring to fall, in which there is a high probability of seeing Mantas. Therefore, divers from all over Japan come to Okinawa for this. In case you can't tell, this song was written about Okinawa!

Island beach, come and be here with me
Love and peace, the summer never ends
This place is the Bali-Hai of dreams
There's no going back tomorrow, no no no

Night and day, I'm on a spree with you
It's all you can drink well-aged awamori
Afterward, let's dance in paradise
I'll never leave, no no no

Making Pai fruit bloom in Churaumi, hi there
I'll send them to you over at the Kariyushi
Ahh, in the shade of the Hasunohagiri trees, alright
My heart sings with joy

Yaeyama at night, the neighborhood in Misaki
Playing delicate island songs
Ahh, Gasami, and being drunk on Awanami, alright
We'll always live our lives happily

It's god's island, a distant land
The blue color of the ocean, the wind's song

Mamas and Papas, the California of dreams
Black and Soul, the Philadelphia of love
Sanshin, the sorrowful Asadoya
And Orion beer, no no no no

Making Pai fruit bloom in Churaumi, hi there
I'll send them to you over at the Kariyushi
Ahh, in the shade of the Hasunohagiri trees, alright
My heart sings with joy

Yaeyama at night, the neighborhood in Misaki
Playing delicate island songs
Ahh, Gasami, and being drunk on Awanami, alright
We'll always live our lives happily

The white stardust, the gathering waves
I've come here to see the woman that I love

Go for a swim in the corner of the gulf
Sunset on Kuura Beach
The Manta Scramble of this paradise
Come to me

Stir it up with love and excitement!!
Minsaa weaving is velvet
Pork luncheon meat, mango!!
Come to me
Come here

It's god's island, a distant land
The blue color of the ocean, the wind's song

The white stardust, the gathering waves
I've come here to see the woman that I love

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