Video - Hykkouri Hyoutan Jima

Now this is a great find!  Here is the complete opening sequence to the 1960's Japanese puppet show, Hyokkori Hyoutan Jima.

For those who aren't aware, this classic children's show figured prominently in Isao Takahata's Ghibli masterpiece, Omohide Poro Poro.  It happens to be one of the film's dramatic high points, and the concluding scene - where young Taeko-Chan sings along to the Hykkori Hyoutan Jima song to console herself - happens to be the banner to Conversations on Ghibli.

So, if you were wondering what that scene at the top of the page is from, now you know.  Well, you should have already known, since I've shown Omohide Poro Poro a couple times when it was available on YouTube.  But now all the new visitors know.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting. I never thought to look that up before. Its adds a little more meaning to some of the 60s pop culture references. Alright, now I have the sudden urge to go watch that film again.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this. First I heard it in Omohide Poro Poro, and then it came up wonderfully - twice! - in a crucial episode of Yomigaeru Sora. The tune is irremoveable and I'm thrilled to see the sequence in its entirety.

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