NHK Kids Show Chair Theme Japanese Music Video

June 5, 2009

This video is shown as part of the chair themed NHK children’s show I mentioned in the NHK Cactus Kids Show post.

This is an awesome song for kids. It has enough rock n roll to it for parents to enjoy. It’s written and sung by the lead singer of Ulfuls, named Tortoise Matsumoto. He’s got a good voice, and Ulfuls is an all around great rock band.

It’s a nice change from some of the cutesy kids songs around… and yes, they found a way to involve chairs in a song called “Tamago” or “Egg”.


1 Martin September 2, 2009 at 3:48 am

Thanks a lot! In a recent family trip to Japan we discovered this song and listened to it each morning on the NHK E channel. We wanted it so badly that I even recorded it on my phone from the TV! Thanks again from Spain!

2 jay September 4, 2009 at 11:58 pm

NHK Kids shows are really great. If there are any other you want me to find on Youtube or Japan, please just say the word and I’ll look for them. The singer’s name is Tortoise Matsumoto and this song is on his new album! (It’s already out in Japan.) The song’s official name is “Mitsuketa” or “I found it”.

3 Martin September 5, 2009 at 1:20 am

I will let you know. Thanks again!

4 Andy November 19, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Hello! I would love some help figuring out the show/character names from the shows I’ve seen. YouTube videos would be even better.

1) A show featuring a huge white dog (a man in a suit), a 9 year old-ish girl, and a tiny little alien thing with maracas sticking out of it’s head. My favorite character is the toothbrush man with the cowboy hat.

2) A short skit about a clamation mushroom whose mushroom hat can change into anything it wants.

3) I think his name is Strechman. He stretches a lot.


5 Andy November 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Oh, and a crazy white guy who teaches children English by singing and playing guitar.

6 jay November 21, 2009 at 1:34 am

Hey Andy – no problem!

1) The dog’s name is Wan-wan, and the girl is Kotomi-chan. The show is called “Inai-inai Ba” which is the Japanese equivalent of Peek-a-Boo.

2) The awesome claymation is called Capelito! That is one of my favorite shows on tv. I even bought DVDs of the show through Amazon Japan! The show is originally from Spain, made by a man named Rodolfo Pastor. 52 mini-stories in all have been made (that I know of). They have been broadcast on NHK and Cartoon Network Japan.

3)The stretchman show is called stretchman. It’s a show mostly targeted toward mentally disabled kids. The bad guy in the show is always a special education teacher in a costume. Another great show!

Lastly, the crazy white guy is on a show called Eigo de Asobo which features Jenny, a bilingual woman who’s been on NHK shows for a while. She started out on NHK’s Tensai Terebi-kun (the show with all the kids doing little performances and games against each other)… I think the guy with the guitar’s name is Eric Jacobsen.

Thanks, and let me say you have fine taste in kids shows!

7 Dangomushi May 16, 2010 at 1:23 am

I saw a little bit of that show one morning when switching on the tv here in Japan. The thing that caught my attention was the opening theme music (and some of the other backing music in the show) the style was undeniably that of Kataoka Tomoko who is in a wonderful band called Instant Cytron:

She also did the music for the Sukima no Kuni no Polta animated children’s shorts. I think it’s nice when children’s shows get good musicians to do music for it.

8 jay@newzjapan May 24, 2010 at 11:08 am

Dangomushi – Thanks a lot for the comment and information. I had no idea, but Instant Cytron looks pretty good. Great stuff and definitely worth checking out!