Australian singles charts:
Sukiyaki (上を向いて歩こう) entered the Kent charts on 22 June 1963 and was a #1 hit. The song was #19 on the Top 100 of 1963.
Kyu Sakamoto was a Japanese singer and actor, best known outside Japan for his international hit song 上を向いて歩こう, I Look Up as I Walk, alternatively titled Sukiyaki in English-speaking markets. It was sung in Japanese and sold more than 13 million copies.
The lyrics by Rokusuke Ei tell the story of a man who looks up and whistles while he is walking so that his tears will not fall, with the verses describing his memories and feelings.
In Anglophone countries, the song was given the title Sukiyaki, the name of a Japanese hot-pot dish with cooked beef. The word sukiyaki does not appear in the song’s lyrics, nor does it have any connection to them; it was used only because it was short, catchy, recognisably Japanese, and more familiar to English speakers.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyu_Sakamoto and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukiyaki_(song)
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