Monday, February 18, 2008

Japan's National Anthem

Apparently Japan's national anthem, "Kimigayo," is often criticized much like our own. It's originally a poem dedicated to the Emperor, which is now just a figurehead in Japan. And what song has been suggested as a popular replacement...?

The Super Mario Bros. theme.

Nobuo Uematsu, composer of much of the Final Fantasy games, had this to say about it:

I'm sure everyone in the world -- no borderlines or age limit -- everyone in the world who's come across Super Mario's music will never forget that melody... I think that the Super Mario song should be the national anthem for Japan. [Hums the death refrain] So when someone wins a gold medal at the Olympics, a Japanese athlete, the flag should go up with the theme song.
Can you imagine the Japanese flag at the Olympics being raised to Super Mario Bros? Or better yet, the flag being lowered to the level end music?

2 comments:

Leah said...

I'm getting chills just thinking about it. Looking for the new short, but haven't found it yet. Can't wait to see it!

CP said...

E-mail me your e-mail address and I'll send ya a link.