Obokuri Eeumi

A lot of people have stumbled upon my blog while searching for the song Obokuri Eeumi. Anyone who has seen the anime TV series, Samurai Champloo, would be familiar with this haunting and beautiful piece which was played in the 14th episode.

 

Obokuri Eeumi roughly translated to Obtain Bearing, is an Okinawan song by Ikue Asazaki. Her haunting voice, coupled with an awesome piano piece, easily make this one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. In fact, I had mentioned this in my very first blog entry…that it’s my dream to play Canon in D minor as well as Obokuri Eeumi on the piano in front of a live audience. If there were to be a term ‘Hauntingly beautiful’ in the dictionary, then this song certainly deserves a mention there.

Obokuri Eeumi can be found on Asazaki san’s 2002 album titled Utabautayun.

 

  • What does this song mean?

I found a rough translation for the song on the net (since I’m so obsessed with it). And it goes something like this :

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In search of new lands, I build a new house

I thatch the house with reed stalks, gathered neatly in bundles

I thatch the house with reed stalks, gathered neatly in bundles

At the stone wall, let us celebrate the golden house, that was built by a hundred black kites.

At the stone wall, let us celebrate the golden house, that was built by a hundred black kites.

Let us celebrate the golden house, that was built by a hundred black kites.

The eighth month is fast approaching, and yet I have nothing to wear

I want to dress gaily, so brother, will you lend me just one sleeve?

I wish to dress my children and loved ones… in the one kimono that I own

As for me, I will wear vines… that I plucked deep in the mountains

The light of the full moon shines down,

illuminating the world with its divine light

When my lover sneaks in to visit me,

I wish that the clouds would hide that light just a little.

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  • Where can I find the sheet music for this song?

Thanks a ton to Solaras for finding the sheet music for this song. I’ll just quote the comment he/she left to this post –

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Sup all – i found the sheet music to this awesome and beautiful song.

Click to access obokuri_eeumi_v_0_1.pdf

As noted, the glissandos are not noted – These are the exact notes – i listened to the song over and over, comparing it to the sheet music and it matches.

However, you’ll probably have to put the expression into the song yourself, as most of the subtle changes in the song are not noted (volume, slight speed changes etc)

Im guessing anyone interested in playing this already knows the song like the back of their hand, so it should be no problem.

I didn’t make the transcription, you can thank “josh’s anime sheet music master index” for that!

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Once again- thanks a lot Solaras :)! I know lots of people who’ve been searching for this, so hopefully this will help out!

You can find this file on my server>> My Server Link to Sheet Music

Hope I was able to help you out.

Peace.

38 thoughts on “Obokuri Eeumi

  1. Dude… you are my hero! So often I’ve heard songs from anime which are breathtakingly beautifull, but cannot find them anywhere on the net (or take weeks to…).I’m STILL looking for a particular song (Prayer) from Beautifull Days, among others…Anyway…thanks for making my life a little easier!Cheers!

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  2. Hey thanks for the link! That is awesome…I also love this song. It’s one of those song you listen to at the end of a long journey.

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  3. Thanks a lot, I was so disapointed when I finally got all the Samurai Champloo OSTs and I couldn’t find this song on them. I love it :)Smile from Poland 🙂

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  4. I don’t know what else to say but… I LOVE YOU!I have all the Champloo OSTs and was pissed to see this was the only great song that wasn’t in the set… What an oversight!Anyways thanks again, you’ve just made my week!

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  5. Sup all – i found the sheet music to this awesome and beautiful song.http://www.cise.ufl.edu/~nal/obokuri_eeumi_v_0_1.pdfAs noted, the glissandos are not noted – These are the exact notes – i listened to the song over and over, comparing it to the sheet music and it matches.However, you’ll probably have to put the expression into the song yourself, as most of the subtle changes in the song are not noted (volume, slight speed changes etc)Im guessing anyone interested in playing this already knows the song like the back of their hand, so it should be no problem.I didn’t make the transcription, you can thank “josh’s anime sheet music master index” for that!

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  6. Thank you for your generous attitudes on creating and mantaining this blog. It’s an excellent one! Thank you for the opportunity of downloading so good songs. Good luck for you.

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  7. thank u so much, when i heard that song for the first time my heart stopped, i wnat that song to be played at my funeral, amazing – u have a big fan in jamaica

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  8. Please, could you post me the song ? It would be really appreciated! I’m about to kill myself out of frustration, because I can’t find it and your links only let me listen to it but not download it. I would like to have it on my computer. Please, when/if you’re not busy, send it to Preyseeker@gmail.com Great blog!

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  9. Indeed i came across ur blog while searching for this awesome song! It’s one of a kind song! Thank you very much for your information, i have found it, Take care!

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  10. Also sent out to more people who had requested the song. Sorry if I sent you for a second time, or if I sent you too late :(.

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  11. Thannk you thank you sooo much. I have been looking for this song, both to listen to, the lyrics and the sheet music. And you have it all here. Thank you so much!!

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  12. Hey, thanks for putting up this gem of a song, but i’m still having trouble finding it online!If you could email it to me at olurch@gmail.com, i’d be much obliged :)Thanks!And the sheet music is a real help, its brilliant!

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  13. Not that you need another thanks on here… But thanks 🙂 I’ve been looking for this for a while. I don’t feel so bad using the archive.org link since I just picked up the entire box set for CS last week. On sale too! 😀 Who knows. the dvd’s came with really nice packaging and organization but if you turn it over you can see it’s a burnt dvd instead of a stamped one. Someday… Someday I’ll get it right. Anyway, thanks again. Nice blog.

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  14. Thanks a lot! I’m glad that I found this song & all in all – lyrics too, on Your site. Kindly regards from melancholy mind! ;]K.S. Murdoc

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  15. Hi. I’m writing to thank you for all you’ve done to find the mp3 version of this amazing and the most inspirational song I’ve ever heard, as well as the sheet music and lyrics. Thank you! I was looking for it everywhere and you seemed the only one who’s been willing to share it. As I read through the comments on this website I can see that a lot of people appreciate what you’ve done. (I’m one of them)Thanks again and take care. Katie

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  16. thanks so much for doing all that work to figure out the song and where to find it, unfortunately, none of the link worked for me…would you mind emailing the song to me (corvus_luna@hotmail.com)? i would greatly appreciate it…also, thanks for posting the sheet music too, thats so hard to find, so i really appreciate it. Serafina

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  17. If anyone is not moved by this song he/she must not have any senses!! Great, I sweare I couldn`t find this song anywhere, thankyou very mucho from Mexico!

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