“Ukiyo no yume” The Elephant Kashimashi 3rd Album introduction in English.

Good evening. I'm Johnny,😁a huge fan of Elephant Kashimashi. Tonight I will introduce the 3rd Album "Ukiyo no Yume (1989)" with my comments on Elekashi songs on Twitter in the past.

“Ukiyo no yume” The Elephant Kashimashi 3rd Album introduction in English.




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“Ukiyo no yume” 3rd Album introduction in English.

①"Jokyoku" Yumeno Chimata ("Prelude" Dream world )

I didn't see it coming… the 1st song of the 3rd album which went beyond my expectations. A very beautiful work depicting Japanese scenes."Shinobazu Pond" in the lyrics is Miyaji's favorite place. He sang this song powerfully at 2009 YAON, and his falsetto was beautiful at 2012 YAON.


②Utsura Utsura (Drowsily)

Has any rock singer ever sung about the cuteness of a sparrow? A burst of Miyamoto's world brings melancholy & transience instantly. Landscapes vary one after another, but he finally returns to his room. That's so Miyaji.


③Ueno no Yama (Mountain of Ueno)

"What do you like about the cherry blossom viewing?" Miyaji already seems to dislike it. But later he says "I wanna get excited a bit. Let me join the cherry blossom party."His way to sing is ROCK, and the melody is like Enka.



GT stands for Gran Turismo (A car designed for long-distance driving). Miyaji had no car license then, so a car of someone close to Miyaji might be its model? A rare song composed by the bassist Seiji Takamidori. B-side of 4th single.


⑤Chinki Otoko (Clown man)

Miyaji said "It'll be OK if this song is laughed at" in an interview in 1999. He plays it while sitting on Otoko-chair. That is famous in Elekashi's concert. @ariyoshihiroiki, said on the radio "#ElephantKashimashi reminds me of Chinki Otoko".


⑥Ukigumo Otoko

"Otoko(Man)" series 4th. "Ukigumo Otoko" means "The floating cloud man".In the 30th anniversary interview, Miyaji seemed to really like this song and wanted to include it to the best album.Now he quit smoking for his physical condition control, but used to smoke 100 cigarettes a day, and expressed himself as "Ukigumo Otoko".


⑦Mihatenu Yume (Unfulfilled dreams)

The prelude part is very similar to "Yasashii Kawa". Miyaji's habit while playing the guitar, or his favorite chord progression? This song starts gently, but becomes loud later, so be careful! Lyrics are beautiful, and he is a very poet. 


⑧Tsukito aruita (I walked with the moon)

Expressiveness of this song is wonderful! The lyrics and the sound express walking people & driving people well.Miyaji says, "I walked with the moon, not with you." He is faithful to music and writes sincere songs.


⑨Fuyuno Yoru(Winter night)

Miyaji sings "Relieving moment in daily life" with the guitar. This song is universal and touches our hearts. Close to a folk song rather than rock. Loneliness & sorrow. Wrong chord is adopted in the second verse "Fuyuno Nioito".


【Ukiyo no yume】

Shibuya-san, a music critic, says this album is "Evolution of a drunk guy's humming". It reflects Miyaji's sense strongly and doesn't intend to make money. I wonder how it could be released at that time. However, while incorporating Japanese elements, the songs were made without lies, and are touching works even for the listeners today, 28 years later.




【3rd Album review again】

First, considering the 1st & 2nd album, it's hard for me to believe the same person made the 3rd one. How did the people at that time grasp this talent?


For a listener who desires impulse and energy like the 1st & 2nd, is it unsatisfactory? What do you think?  Great "Elephant Kashimashi" goes beyond the category we can understand. They must be a band of national renown, but the word "universal" is definitely more appropriate.


I got off the track. Looking back on the interview at the time, all four members had confidence in their work. If they changed only mixdown, mastering and recording methods, I think the band sound may have been transmitted more.




話はそれたが、当時のインタビューを振り返って見ると、The Elephant Kashimashiの4人全員が自分の作品に凄く自信を持ってる。彼らがミックスダウンやマスタリングや録音方法だけを変えれば、サウンドに関してはもっと伝わったかもしれないと思う。)


Regarding songwriting, we can think of it as a concept album, can't we? The title of the first song is "Jyokyoku; Yume no Chimata (Prelude; Dream world)", and the theme is consistent through the whole album. I feel "My room", "Taking a walk" and "Tokyo cityscape" from any song.


The image of "Ukiyo no Yume" in my head is "to walk in an art museum exhibitions with exquisite landscape paintings". Listening through the album, I heard different music this time. That's "Tenrankai no E (Pictures at an Exhibition)".


This song was composed by Mussorgsky from the impression of ten pictures that he saw in an art gallery as a remembrance of his friend, Viktor Hartmann (Gartmann)".


Whenever I listen to "Rekishi (History)", it remains in my mind. I imagine an exquisite landscape painting from each song of "Ukiyo no Yume". Miyaji's songwriting is truly an amazing talent because it just shows a particular scenario that was cut from a memorable moment. To some extent, he makes songs "sensuously" (wow, a genius!). The members understand his talent, and express proper sound suitable for the song. This is really great. I'm glad that they are always next to him and understand him very well.


The last song of this album is "Fuyu no Sora (Winter Night)". When I listened to it, the last phrase of "Ningen Shikkaku (No longer human)" which was written by Osamu Dazai first came up to my mind. (Refer to below)




ムソルグスキーが、友人であったヴィクトル・ハルトマン(ガルトマンとも)の遺作展をで歩きながら、そこで見た10枚の絵[1]の印象を音楽に仕立てたものである。 展覧会の絵 - Wikipediaより。これは"歴史"という曲を私が聴く時に、毎回それが頭に浮かぶ。"浮世の夢"の1曲1曲が精密な風景画だ。










I guess Miyaji might get an answer in "Ukiyo no Yume" like the last message of "Ningen Shikkaku".



遠すぎて 星も見えず 目を下にやれば
キラキラとビルのひかり 明るくてきれい

冬の匂いと 北風のなか
固い地面 枯葉踏んで 家についた

かじかんだ 手足の休む 部屋は暖かで
暗い部屋 電気をつけた 明るくなった

風呂の中 口笛吹いた 誰かの歌よ

冬の匂いと 北風のなか
固い地面 枯葉踏んで 家についた


These lyrics are completely different sentences from Dazai's, but I feel like Miyaji said the same thing as Dazai. They both depicted that "time passes without doing anything."

Although I don't know the truth, I think "Ukiyo no Yume" is the most artistic work in the history of "The Elephant Kashimashi" because four members expressed songs, which precisely cut out the daily life of Hiroji Miyamoto at that time, as much as they can.

It is not merely a ROCK album. It is the best album to immortalize ROCK songs in Japanese, and there is no frontman/band that can make music like this. Currently, I feel there are a few artists whose albums are really superior as an artistic work in Japanese ROCK music.

The number of hit songs that are easily forgotten by people is increasing, while handed-down music is decreasing. 

Long ago, "Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters)" and "Manyoshu (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves)" were conveyed orally in Japan, and have been passed on to generations after generations up to the present day. If a recorder, a precision instrument, a CD, a PC, all of the data, and everything disappear, quite simple songs only may remain.

Well... anyway, why don't you listen to this album? (Lol)















エレカシを世界へ!この想いだけで続けた1年間。これですね、50年先見越して残してます。この英語の翻訳。今はきっと、誰も見ないよ!そりゃわかってる。わかってるさ!でも、意味ないと言われようがいいんだ。これが世界的に注目されるときは、オレ死んでるかもしらん。ゴッホみたいに死んでから価値が出るみたいなね?(笑)ただね、何がきっかけになるか解らんよ? この世に、無駄なものなんてないから!  チームの皆さん、いつもフォローありがとうございます。いままでも、これからも…来年も、再来年も。