3

I'm trying to make sense of an old Japanese patriotic song 五・一五事件 昭和維新行進曲 陸軍の歌, and there's a line that contains a reference to the Kuroshio Current. The event this song was written about (the so-called May 15th Incident) has zero connections to the Kuroshio Current, and I think there must be some cultural reference that I'm not aware of. It's in the last 2 lines of the second verse:

醒ませ{さませ}悪夢{あくむ}を 開け{ひらけ}眼{め}を (Wake up from a nightmare, open your eyes)
寄せる{よせる}黒潮{くろしお} 何{なん}と見る{みる} (I have no idea what to make of this)

Is it indeed a cultural reference, or does the last line speak about the Kuroshio Current as a physical object (and if so, how it is relevant to the May 15th Incident)?

New contributor
Ari Linn is a new contributor to this site. Take care in asking for clarification, commenting, and answering. Check out our Code of Conduct.
2

Probably due to Kuroshio's strong current, they improve transportation of heat and things. The lyricist wanted to encourage troops mentioning 黒潮. My interpretation is the following :

寄せる黒潮 何と見る The Kuroshio is forthcoming, how do you feel about that?(Why don't you get stoked!?)

It sounds like a typical phrase of rock concert like Metallica.

Possibly 陸軍{りくぐん} : Ground Force also did long-distance-swimming for their training a lot. So, I guess the cultural reference and its physics are related.

1

黒潮 is a familiar term to Japanese people (elementary school students learn it at school), and there was a warship called 黒潮 and a kisha club called 黒潮会. It obviously has an image of "(warm,) fast and strong", but beyond this, I don't think there is an episode or implication widely shared among Japanese people.

潮【うしお】 is a word sometimes used in poetry to describe emotional "surge". There is a word 血潮, which is usually a metaphor for strong emotion. Therefore 黒潮 may also be a metaphor for strong passion, but this is only my speculation.

(BTW, 黒潮会 is loosely related to 五・一五, and I feel 黒潮 in 五・一五音頭 might be a reference to 黒潮会. But 黒潮 in 昭和維新行進曲 is clearly unrelated to this club.)

Your Answer

Ari Linn is a new contributor. Be nice, and check out our Code of Conduct.

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.