Denny Sinnoh's "Akihabara Starlight"

Not a Coke bottle in sight?

hanako oku coke bottles

Well, maybe these two I would want for Christmas. Everyone is familiar with those Coca Cola “polar bear”ads.  However, for the Christmas polar bear in my video I will share today, there will be no evidence of the Coca Cola company.

All Hanako Oku fans are familiar with this little Christmas cartoon from a few years ago: Koi Tsubomi (“Love Bud”).  No, not that kind of bud … don’t you dare bring the Anheuser-Busch company in either.   The “bud” in this case is a “flower bud of love” which must winter over, but will assuridly bloom in spring.

I don’t have a clue as to how much input Hanako Oku had in making this cute little video about a piano-playing little girl and her polar bear. The version of Koi Tsubomi used here is shorter in length version than the one on her 2006 album Yasashii Hana no Saku Basho (やさしい花の咲く場所“The Place Where The Gentle Flowers Grow”.  Her full song is linked here.

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Whoever made the cartoon, I wish that they would make more like this!  I know the lyrics are translated from the original Japanese lyrics, but this line especially goes through me.

“Thinking of you, I’ll continue to hold my fleeting dreams in my heart” 

I am NOT crying! I have just had a little bit of a cold lately, and still have the sniffles.

This is one of the most interesting parts in the video: The Polar Bear — who is no longer walking upright like a person, but is now on all-fours like a real bear — is missing the little girl he loves, and then he lets out a howl.  The sound of his lonely cry creates a shock wave, which breaks off a piece of a  nearby iceberg.  The iceberg calves off, splashing into the ocean. I love that moment.

Calving: or “glacial calving” is the breaking off of chunks of ice at the edge of a glacier. This form of ice ablation is often accompanied by a loud cracking or booming sound.

See, I’m all better now.




Comments on: "Hanako Oku, Christmas “Buds” and Not a Coke Bottle in Sight …" (2)

  1. U love coke? I HATE coke. *Whispers in denny shinnon’s ear* “Without the carmamel color—- ITS GREEN!”


  2. This song was featured on Minna no Uta / みんあのうた, and I’m guessing this video was made for it. I can’t say for sure because I haven’t bothered to look, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more videos like this one for some of the other songs.

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