Shinpei Nakayama

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Shimpei Nakayama

Shimpei Nakayama (中山 晋平 Nakayama Shimpei?, March 22, 1887 – December 30, 1952) was a Japanese songwriter, famous for his many children's songs and popular songs (ryūkōka) that have become deeply embedded in Japanese popular culture.

In 1914, Nakayama composed the song "Katyusha's song" for a dramatization of Tolstoy's Resurrection. The song, sung by actress Sumako Matsui, was a massive hit and Nakayama became famous almost overnight. Today this song is considered one of the earliest examples of modern Japanese popular music.

Another of his most famous songs is "Tokyo ondo", which was a great countrywide hit in the 1930s.[1] Today it is also known as the theme song of the baseball team Tokyo Yakult Swallows.

His most famous children's songs are "Shabondama", "Teru teru bozu", "Amefuri", "Ano machi kono machi" and "Sekurabe", among others.

Nakayama's song "Gondola no Uta" features prominently in Akira Kurosawa's film Ikiru.[2]

References / External links[edit]

  1. ^ Piers Brendon, The Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s, p440-1 ISBN 0-375-40881-9
  2. ^ Internet Movie Database, "Gondola no Uta", Written by Shimpei Nakayama. Ikiru at imdb.com. Accessed 26 September 2008.