Akai Kutsu

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ND-30Akai Kutsu is Japanese for “Red Shoes“. It’s a famous nursery rhyme about a Japanese girl with red shoes being taken to a foreign land (America). It was written in 1922 by Japanese poet Ujō Noguchi.

A young girl with red shoes
was taken away by a foreigner.

She rode on a ship from Yokohama pier
taken away by a foreigner.

I imagine right now she has become blue-eyed
living in that foreigner’s land.

Every time I see red shoes, I think of her
And every time I meet a foreigner, I think of her.

When she misses Japan where she was born
I imagine she stares at the blue sea
and asks the foreigner if she can go home.

3 Comments

  1. Ben Heath January 27, 2015

    Great post. Love reading the history of the poem and the trainer/brogue combination is really cool too!

    Ben | http://www.twentyfirstcenturygent.com

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  2. Mai T. April 8, 2015

    A very cool pop of shoes color. I don’t even know what exactly to call that color.

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    • Notoriously Dapper April 8, 2015

      Thanks Mai!!! That color reminds me so much of passion and positive energy!!

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