Sunday, December 17, 2006


The title of the Go!Go!7188 (go go nana ichi hachi hachi in Japanese, by the way) is derived from a character out of the novel Genji Monogatari, which we call The Tale of Genji. This is the oldest novel written anywhere, in any culture. The first we know of, and it was written by a woman sometime in the 11th century.

Ukifune was a young woman who didn't know she was the daughter of the Eighth Prince of Japan. She was unhappily involved in a love triangle and attempted suicide by throwing herself in a river. Surviving, she cut off all her hair and became a nun.

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I'm not sure what all that has to do with the song's video featuring a Medusa-haired woman in a kimono shooting a bunch of yakuza guys and turning them into flopping goldfish...

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