Friday, April 1, 2011
illustration friday (duet)
Yes! How did you guess? I painted two fava beans (i.e. broad beans) singing a duet! heh heh. In Japanese, these beans are called sora-mame (sky beans), presumably because the bean pods sprout upward, towards the sky.
I've always thought sora-mame look like they have a mouth at one end. A laughing mouth. Or a singing mouth. So I gave some thought to what kind of song a Japanese fava bean would sing-- especially in times like these. The song that came to mind was Ue wo muite arukou (namida ga koborenai youni), which translates to "I shall walk with my face turned upward (to keep my tears from spilling)."
It was made famous by the singer Kyu Sakamoto, becoming the number one ranked song in Japan in 1961. It also became a huge hit in the United States in 1963 under the [stupid] title of Sukiyaki.