|Title||A Song to Incite National Spirit ‘We Are a Nation of the Sun’|
|Lyricist||Yoshiaki Tezuka (1881–10/17/1965)|
|Music Composer||Kiyoshi Nobutoki (12/29/1887–8/1/1965)|
|Client||Governor of Niigata Prefecture|
|Date of Commission||3/18/1924|
|Source||“5/1916–5/1926 Music Commission Dossier”|
Commissioned by the governor of Niigata Prefecture in 1924 (13th year of the Taisho period). The surviving documents consist of a commission form, award advertisement for the lyrics, original lyrics sheet, and a musical score.
This song is believed to have been written under “The Imperial Edict for Inciting National Spirit” to warn against “extravagance” and “dangerous thinking” amid the chaos that ensued after the Great Kanto earthquake in November 1923. The lyricist was the principal of the Niigata Prefectural Muikamachi Middle School and Niigata Prefectural Sanjo Middle School, and he wrote many school anthems for neighboring schools as well.
The music composer, then a professor at the Tokyo Academy of Music, is known for songs such as Umiyukaba (“If I Die at Sea”) and Kaido Tosei (“The Eastern Expedition on the Sea”).
|2/23/2012 (Studio A, Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Music, Senju Campus)|