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Kristen wrote:

Hi,

We have our preschool concert coming up soon and we’re hoping to do “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes” with the kids. We are learning body parts in Japanese but need the translation for the whole song.

This is what we have… is this correct? We need the section “Let’s all clap hands together.”

Atama kata hiza ashi (Heads, shoulders, knees, toes)
hiza ashi hiza ashi (Knees, toes, knees, toes)
atama kata hiza ashi (Let’s all clap hands together)
me mimi thana kuchi (Eyes, ears, mouth, nose)
thana kuchi thana kuchi (Mouth, nose, mouth, nose)
me mimi thana kuchi (Let’s all clap hands together.)

Thank you for your time.

Kristen

If anyone can help with the full lyrics to this song, or if there are any corrections that should be made to above text, please let us know by commenting below.

Thanks!

Lisa

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This artilce was posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 at 11:00 am and is filed under Children's Songs, Countries & Cultures, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, Japan, Japanese, Japanese Kids Songs, Languages, Questions, Readers Questions, USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

18 Responses to “Can Someone Help with the Japanese lyrics to “”Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes”"?”

  1. Kaori Says:

    I hope it is not too late. Singing this song in Japanese is not easy but anyway I’ll write some comment here. Correctly, we call toes “tsumasaki “( I think it is tough to pronounce) . “Ashi “means legs and feet in Japanese. mouth is “kuchi’ and nose is “hana” in Japanese. The lyrics you wrote is a little bit mixed up. Finally, you may song like this” sa! minna de te wo tataki ma shyou” for the last part. Good luck!

  2. kristina Says:

    WE sing

    atama kata hiza ashi hiza ashi
    hiza ashi hiza ashi
    repeat above
    te o tatakou (clap hands)
    me mimi kuchi hana kuchi hana kuchi hana
    repeat
    te o tatakou
    kami nodo onaka yubi etc
    Does this help?

  3. Kumi Says:

    atama kata hiza ashi hiza ashi
    reapeat
    me to mimi to kuchi to hana
    atama kata hiza ashi hiza ashi

  4. Kumi Says:

    mine is the best it will work

  5. BEJTNEKMVLC Says:

    utama head
    kata shoulders
    hiza knees
    ashi feet
    mimi i think is ears

  6. Katie Angus Says:

    ata makta neesahushi neesahushi
    ata makta neesahushi neesahushi
    mareto mimito cushito hunu
    ata makta neesahushi neesahushi

  7. Welton Says:

    Atama, Kata, Hiza, Ashi-yubi
    Hiza, Ashi-yubi
    Hiza, Ashi-Yubi

    Atama, Kata, Hiza, Ashi-yubi

    Me, Mimi, Kuchi, Hana*

    *(You can add a to between each of these, but it is not necessary in song.)

    Ashi-Yubi is sang a little rushed, but easier to say than “tsumasaki” and more precise than ashi.

  8. stephanie Says:

    i love japanese!

  9. Inta de Smidt Says:

    The lyrics that Kumi wrote above are the correct ones. I taught this song to my students over 15 years ago when we were studying music around the world. Those are the lyrics that came with the Japanese book.

  10. siobhan Says:

    i learn japanese at school and we just learnt this song
    atama katama hiza ahsi hiza ashi hiza ashi
    atama katama hiza ashi
    te o tatako
    me mimi kuchi hana kuchi hana kuchi hana
    me mimi kuchi hana
    te o tatako
    onaka senaka oshiri shipo oshiri shipo
    onaka senaka oshiri ship
    te o tatako

  11. siobhan Says:

    kata not katama

  12. CALI Says:

    thnkx 4 ur help!!

  13. Suzanne Bowen Says:

    This youtube video is me and my niece singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in Japanese. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AH_vhg1GLRU hope it helps!

  14. Adriana M Says:

    my class had to learn it its:
    Atama (head)Kata (shoulders) hiza (knees) ashi (toes)
    hiza ashi
    then it repeats the first verse
    me to (eyes) mimi to (ears) hana to (mouth) kuchi (nose)
    atama kata hiza ashi
    hiza ashi
    then it ends….

  15. SAKAI Says:

    Ata ma kata hezea ush heza ush
    hea to mimi to chuchi hahana
    then you repeat the way oh the song
    Ata ma’:head
    Kata :shoulders
    Heza :knees
    Ush :toes
    hea : ears
    Mimi : eyes
    Chuchi :mouth
    Hahana :nose

    Sorry it is so late hope it helps

  16. Rebecca Says:

    I am an Australian Primary school teacher, who also teaches Japanese. Kristina and Siobhan have written the correct ‘Japanese’ version – it has a slightly different tune than the one that has ‘eyes and ears and mouth and nose’ in it as well. Traditionally, with the Japanese version, you sing the two verses seperatly. Many people have confused the words, or written what they sound like to them. The correct version, which native Japanese speakers teach here is:
    atama, kata, hiza ashi
    hiza ashi, hiza ashi
    atama, kata, hiza ashi
    te o tatako
    (meaning – heads, shoulders, knees, feet, let’s clap hands)

    me, mimi, kuchi hana (as above)
    (eyes, ears, mouth, nose)

  17. Yuu Says:

    Atama, kata hiza ashi, hiza ashi
    Atama, kata hiza ashi, hiza ashi
    Me to mimi to kuchi to hana
    Atama, kata hiza ashi, hiza ashi

    (Head, shoulders knees legs, knees legs
    Head shoulders knees legs, knees legs
    Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
    Head, shoulders knees legs, knees legs.)

    Hiji, oshiri kubi te, kubi te
    Hiji, oshiri kubi te, kubi te
    Onaka senaka, ubi miuge
    Hiji, oshiri kubi te kubi te

    (Elbow, bottom neck hand, neck hand
    Elbow, bottom neck hand, neck hand
    Stomach, back, finger, eyes
    Elbow, bottom neck hand, neck hand)

  18. Yuu Says:

    OOPS! scratch that.

    Atama, kata hiza ashi, hiza ashi
    Atama, kata hiza ashi, hiza ashi
    Me to mimi to kuchi to hana
    Atama, kata hiza ashi, hiza ashi

    (Head, shoulders knees legs, knees legs
    Head shoulders knees legs, knees legs
    Eyes and ears and mouth and nose
    Head, shoulders knees legs, knees legs.)

    Hiji, oshiri kubi te, kubi te
    Hiji, oshiri kubi te, kubi te
    Onaka senaka, ubi miuge
    Hiji, oshiri kubi te kubi te

    (Elbow, bottom neck hand, neck hand
    Elbow, bottom neck hand, neck hand
    Stomach, back, finger, *eyebrows*
    Elbow, bottom neck hand, neck hand)

    Gomenasai!

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