Recently, the Chinese version of this song keep coming to my mind. I remember that the original tune was Japanese. So I went to look for the background of the song. The original singer of the song is a lady known as Rimi Natsukawa. She was from Okinawa and she is best known for her 2001 single. 涙そうそう. The song title is taken from an Okinawan phase meaning "large tears are falling" 

The tune sound like a folk song and part of the song is played using Shamisen. The song was originally written by a Band called Begin for a singer known as Ryoko Moriyama. But it was Rimi Natsukawa’s version that is more popular.

The song reminded Moriyama of her older brother who died. The lyrics is talking about a person who was flipping through an old photo album looking at the picture of someone who died. She  was thankful to them for they have encouraged her often. It expresses a hope that they will meet again some day. The thought of it reminds me of the many funerals I have attended.

Interestingly, as a Christian we often comfort the bereaved family during the memorial service telling them that one day we would meet the departed again when we are gathered before the Lord. In fact Christian funerals are meant to remind the bereave that their departed had ended their work on earth and now there is a crown of life waiting for them. While we remember the sad for we are unable to see our departed for some time. But we know that this separation is temporary.  For we know we will meet them once again during resurrection.

Paul reminds us  so that we would not be overcome by grieve

“But I do not want you
  to be ignorant, brethren,
  concerning those who have
  fallen asleep, lest you sorrow
  as others who have no hope.
 
For if we believe that Jesus
  died and rose again, even so
  God will bring with Him those 
  who sleep in Jesus
 
  For the Lord Himself will descend
  from heaven with a shout, with
  the voice of an archangel, and
  with the trumpet of God. And
  the dead in Christ will rise first.

  Then we who are alive and remain
  shall be caught up together with
  them in the clouds to meet the
  Lord in the air. And thus we shall
  always be with the Lord.
  Therefore comfort one another
  with these words.” – Paul (1 Thess 4:13-15,16-18)

Therefore even though it is sad to see a loved one departing from us. But Christians will always have the hope of meeting them again at the feet of Jesus.

As I do not have expertise in Japanese language I just edited some part of the English translation slightly. .Kanji lyrics & Roumaji lyrics and English translation from
http://www.jpopasia.com/lyrics/9249/rimi-natsukawa/nada-sou-sou.html

 

Title: 涙そうそう Nada sou sou
Artist: 夏川りみ Rimi Natsukawa

Title : Tearful
Artist: Rimi Natsukawa
Stanza 1  

古いアルバムめくり
Furui ARUBAMU mekuri
ありがとうってつぶやいた
Arigatou tte tsubuyaita

As I Flip through an old photo album

I whispered "Thank you" softly in my heart

いつもいつも胸の中
Itsumo itsumo mune no naka
励ましてくれる人よ
Hagemashite kureru hito yo

To the one who is in my heart

Who is always there for me

晴れ渡る日も雨の日も
Hare wataru hi mo ame no hi mo
浮かぶあの笑顔
Ukabu ano egao

On clear days , on rainy days

I  think of your smile

想い出遠くあせても
Omoide tooku asete mo
おもかげ探して
Omokage sagashite
よみがえる日は涙(なだ)そうそう
Yomigaeru hi wa nada sousou

Though my memories fade into the distance

I’ll look for the traces you left behind

And remember you with my endless stream of tears

   
Stanza 2  

一番星に祈る
Ichiban hoshi ni inoru

それが私のくせになり
Sore ga watashi nokuse ni nari

I pray to the first star in the night.

It’s become a habit of mine

夕暮れに見上げる空
Yuugure ni miageru sora
心いっぱいあなた探す
Kokoro ippai anata sagasu

Looking up at the evening sky

And searching for you with all my heart

悲しみにも喜びにも
Kanashimi ni mo yorokobi ni mo
思うあの笑顔
Omou ano egao

It sadness , in happiness

I think of your smile

あなたの場所から私が
Anata no basho kara watashi ga
見えたらきっといつか
Mietara kitto itsuka
会えると信じ生きてゆく
Aeru to shinji ikite yuku

If you can see me from where you are

Then I’ll live on

Believing that we’ll meet again someday

   
Stanza 3  

晴れ渡る日も雨の日も
Hare wataru hi mo ame no hi mo
浮かぶあの笑顔
Ukabua no egao

On clear days , on rainy days

I think of your smile

想い出遠くあせても
Omoide tooku asete mo

Though my memories fade into the distance

さみしくて恋しくて
Samishikute koishikute
君への想い涙そうそう
Kimi e no omoi nada sousou

Its lonely without you
I am yearning for you

As I think of of you with my endless stream of tears

会いたくて会いたくて
Aitakute aitakute
君への想い涙そうそう
Kimi e no omoi nada sousou

I miss you, if only we could meet –

As I think of of you with my endless stream of tears

I found the M

I found an original clip featuring Ryoko Moriyama

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