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The Twelve Days of Tsunku-mas: Koibito ga Santa Claus December 20, 2010

Posted by Nights4Saturn in Hello! Project, Jpop, Matsuura Aya.
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On the seventh day of Tsunku-mas, my true love gave to me Koibito ga Santa Claus by Matsuura Aya:

This performance dates from December 23, 2003, and originally aired on the Happy Xmas Show. The pianist is Yamashita Yosuke, who is actually quite famous in his own right as a composer in addition to being a jazz pianist. The song itself was originally written by Matsutoya Yumi, and featured on her 1980 album SURF&SNOW. With a little bit of surfing, I was able to find lyrics and a translation:

Romaji lyrics:

mukashi tonari no oshare na oneesan ha
kurisumasu no hi watashi ni itta
‘konya hachiji ni nareba
santa ga uchi ni yatte kuru’
‘chigau yo sore ha ehon dake no ohanashi’
sou iu watashi ni winku shite
‘demo ne otona ni nareba
anata mo wakaru sono uchi ni’

koibito ga santa kuroosu
hontou ha santa kuroosu
tsumujikaze oikoshite
koibito ga santa kuroosu
se no takai santa kuroosu
yuki no machi kara kita

are kara
ikutsu fuyu ga megurikita deshou
ima mo kanojo wo omoidasu kedo
aru hi tooi machi he to
santa ga tsurete ittakiri

sou yo ashita ni nareba
watashi mo kitto wakaru hazu

koibito ga santa kuroosu
hontou ha santa kuroosu
purezento wo kakaete
koibito ga santa kuroosu
samusou ni santa kuroosu
yuki no machi kara kuru

koibito ga santa kuroosu
hontou ha santa kuroosu
tsumujikaze oikoshite
koibito ga santa kuroosu
se no takai santa kuroosu
watashi no uchi ni kuru

koibito ga santa kuroosu
hontou ha santa kuroosu
purezento wo kakaete
koibito ga santa kuroosu
samusou ni santa kuroosu

Translation:

Long ago, a stylish older girl who was next to me
Mentioned to me on Christmas Day
‘Tonight at eight o’clock
Santa is coming to my house’
‘That’s not true. That’s just a fairy tale’
I said. She winked at me
‘But, you know, when you become an adult
You too will understand, then’

A sweetheart is Santa Claus
The real Santa Claus
Outdistancing the whirlwind
A sweetheart is Santa Claus
A tall Santa Claus
Came from the snowy streets

Since then
How many winters have come and gone
But, still today, I remember that girl
That day to a faraway city
Santa took her off with him

That’s right. On some tomorrow
I too shall understand

A sweetheart is Santa Claus
The real Santa Claus
With presents in his arms
A sweetheart is Santa Claus
When it’s cold out, Santa Claus
Will come from the snowy streets

A sweetheart is Santa Claus
The real Santa Claus
Outdistancing the whirlwind
A sweetheart is Santa Claus
A tall Santa Claus
Will come to my house

A sweetheart is Santa Claus
The real Santa Claus
Carrying presents
A sweetheart is Santa Claus
When it’s cold out, Santa Claus

Romanization and Translation by spielerdecasino

The lyrics are really interesting in that they revolve around the idea that an adult may believe in “Santa Claus” just the same as a young child, but these two Santas aren’t necessarily the same person. I think it’s a really cute concept, and really rather true actually. Nice idea for a song ^^

Aya’s performance and execution of the song are spot on as well. This performance certainly seems to foreshadow her later efforts like Naked Songs, not to mention, although rare then, a live band is now almost par for course with all of her live performances. Remember, this was just a few months after GOOD BYE Natsuo, so this was still “The Queen of Idols,” Ayaya, and not the “smooth jazz” Ayaya we know today. My favorite part might just be at the end, though, when she can’t keep a straight face, it’s just too cute!

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