Inspired by a recent AskMe
, a search for videos featuring the 'Iroha Uta' turned up a number of interesting versions. The iroha
is a pangram based on the Japanese syllabary, and thus uses each of the 48 characters once and only once (Wikipedia explanation
). Let's start with the 'lovely' Hatsune Miku singing it
. (Bonus: she includes hand symbols for each character - used by this young lady for her version
If you want to see what the written characters of the syllabary look like, another Miku-chan version is here
(with the 'bonus' of an English verse added).
Are you a band fan? (US style concert band music). Listen to James Swearingen's 'Invicta'
, with the Japanese syllabary combined in a sing along.
In a more traditional vein, here's
the Iroha in a simple 'chanted' form. It's repeated a couple of times, with various forms of (sometimes archaic) calligraphy.
This one is a visual treat. There is no singing, we simply watch the characters being drawn beautifully
, to the accompaniment of music. (English transliteration included in the video description.)
another beautiful version, also including a visual display of the characters. A puzzle for you - is she real or automated?
For the more serious-minded, how about a chorus of buddhist priests
And to round up our roundup, let's finish with Miku-chan again. It's the 'Iroha Popu'
! (Bonus - catch the fart scene!)