Akai kutsu
(Red Shoes)
Year: Unknown
Composer: Nagayo Motoori
Poet: Ujoo Noguchi

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Lyrics:

Akai kutsu haiteta on’na no ko
Ijinsan ni tsurerarete icchatta
Translation:

A young Japanese girl with
red shoes had gone to America,
with a foreigner.
Yokohama no hatoba kara fune ni notte
Ijinsan ni tsurerarete icchatta
She rode on a ship from Yokohama
pier, taken to America
by a foreigner
Ima dewa aoi me ni nacchatte
Ijinsan no okuni ni irundaro
I imagine right now she has become blue-eyed, living in that foreigner’s land.
Akai kutsu miru tabi kangaeru
Ijinsan ni au tabi kangaeru
 
Every time I see red shoes, I think of her, in that foreign land. And every time I meet a foreigner,
I think of her.
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