I just found your website – not sure if you can help, but I have a request. A little background first… my first speaking language was Japanese, my mother was fluent and my father, although not Japanese was quite fluent as well. It’s a long story, but at the age of 4 I was yanked from my Japanese environment and raised in a complete different culture (Hispanic). I lost any conversational Japanese I had learned and was not around any Japanese speaking people. There were, however, two Japanese children songs that I remembered singing frequently, one of which was Sho jo ji. I even taught this song to my 3 daughters who are all now adults and married. With computer technology I was able to look up Sho jo ji and it was so heartwarming to hear it again. I was amazed at how accurate my memory of the words and melody was.
My request is this — the other song I cannot find online anywhere due to not knowing its title and only parts of the song (phonetically). I remember being told that the song was about a little girl wearing her mother’s shoes and some of the words sounded like, “oni, oni haite, ………………. bokum, bokum, oko ga suru.” That was how the song ended. The rest is very fuzzy. I can remember the tune a little as well, but don’t know how to get that to you. The bokum, bokum part was supposed to be the klip-klop, klip-klop of the shoes, much like when a child puts on her mother’s high heels.
Does any of this ring a bell. My life has been a huge puzzle and finding these small pieces help me enormously. Thanks for your help. Liz
Liz was able to call my special number where people can leave recordings like this and send the tune to Oni Oni Haite. Hopefully that will help jog someone’s memory.
If anyone can help with this song in any way: phonetically, with the Japanese text and/or a translation, that would be great! Please comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks in advance!
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