Thousands of enemies may come
(Teki wa ikuman, “G‚ÍŠô–œ)
Lyrics: Yamada Bimyosai
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!
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!
[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:
Album of the Japanese War Songs, Victor Company of Japan, 1995.
Japanese original text here.