Old Japanese Songs

Thousands of enemies may come

(Teki wa ikuman, )
1890s

Lyrics: Yamada Bimyosai
Music: Koyama Sakunosuke

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1.
Teki wa ikuman aritotemo,
subete ugoh no sei naruzo.
ugoh no sei ni arazu tomo,
mikata ni tadashiki dohri ari!
Ja wa sore sei ni kachi gataku,
choku wa kyoku ni zo kachiguri no
kataki kokoro no ittetsu wa
ishi ni ya no tatsu tameshi ari.
Ishi ni tatsu ya no tameshi ari.
Nadote osoruru koto ya aru!
Nadote yayutoh koto ya aru!

2.
Kaze ni hirameku rentai-ki,
shirushi wa noboru asahiko yo.
Hata wa tobikuru dangan ni
yabururu hodo koso homare nare.
Mi wa hinomoto no tsuwamono yo.
Hata ni na haji so susume yoya.
Taoruru mademo susume yoya!
Sakaruru mademo susume yoya!
Hata ni na haji so, haji na se so.
Nadote osoruru koto ya aru!
Nadote yayutoh koto ya aru!

3.
Yaburete niguru wa kuni no haji.
Susumite shinuru wa mi no homare.
Kawara to narite nokoru yori
tama to naritsutsu kudake yoya.
Tatami no ue nite shinu koto wa
bushi no nasubeki michi narazu.
Mukuro wo batei ni kakeraretsu
mi wo nozarashi ni nashite koso
yo ni mononofu no gi to iwame.
Nadote osoruru koto ya aru!
Nadote yayutoh koto ya aru!

(English translation)
1.
Thousands of enemies may come,
but they are only disorderly troops!
Even if they are not,
we have always absolute justice!
The evil, by nature, cannot defeat the justice,
and the justice must defeat the evil.
Where there is a strong will,
there is always a way,
as Li Guang's arrow pierced a stone.
What do we fear at all?
Nothing in the world shall threaten us!

2.
Our regimental flags are streaming:
the marks are all the Rising Sun!
The more our flags are torn by shots,
the more we get the honors in the field!
You, Japanese soldier,
don't be behind your flags!
Go on until the very end!
Go on until the heroic death!
Don't be behind your flags!
What do we fear at all?
Nothing in the world shall threaten us!

3.
If run away, you bring our country great disgrace;
if die bravely, you win many glories.
Instead of surviving shamefully,
you must fall admirably!
If you will be a samurai,
don't pass away at home!
It is not until your body is hoofed
and remains on the front without burying it
that people say: You are a true samurai!
What do we fear at all?
Nothing in the world shall threaten us!

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[About Thousands of enemies may come]

Teki wa ikuman(Thousands of enemies may come) is one of the most famous Japanese war songs.

This song was written by a writer Yamada Bimyosai and composed by a music teacher Koyama Sakunosuke before the Sino-Japanese War(1894-5). The Imperial Japan overcame many hard wars and battles in modern age, and this song have spread out among Japanese. So, using this song as a background music, Japanese Army broadcasted the victory at the Pacific War(1941-5).

[about its music files]

There are some videos including this war song on youtube. You can listen to it easily. And, amazon.co.jp sells many CDs of the Japanese war song. You can also get this song there such as:

The Album of the Japanese War Songs, Victor Company of Japan, 1995.
Memorial Japanese War Songs: Since the Meiji Restoration, King Records, 1998.

Japanese original text here.

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