Ito Maki (いとまき)

Let's make some colorful clothes for our animal friends! This is a cute song in Japanese about sewing silly outfits for animals. I learned a lot about different kinds of animals from my friends Mariana and Roger, who stopped by the studio to help me and Akiko sing this song. We’re accompanied on drums by Shayna Dunkelman, who channeled the animal spirits through her rhythms.

A shout-out to Michael Hearst's Songs for Unusual Creatures, a brilliant and informative album, book and web series where my dear friends Roger and Mariana learned so much about animals.

See full lyric video playlist on YouTube

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Lyrics

Written by Yoshiko Kouyoma & Akihiro Komoro

Translation/Arrangement by Elena Moon Park

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いと まき まき

いと まき まき

ひいて ひいて トントントン

できた できた

まさんの パンツ

Ito maki maki 

Ito maki maki 

Hi-ite hi-ite ton ton ton (x2)

dekita dekita, kuma-san no pantsu

(くまさんの  パンツ)

 

Spool of thread, spool of thread

Hi-te hi-te ton ton ton

Stitch and pull and from that spool

Underwear for a big brown bear

 

Ito maki maki 

Ito maki maki 

Hi-ite hi-ite ton ton ton

dekita dekita, zou-san no zubon

(ぞうさんの  ズボン)

Forty pairs of pants for the elephants

Ito maki maki 

Ito maki maki 

Hi-ite hi-ite ton ton ton

dekita dekita, mitsubachi no t-shatsu

(ミツバチの  Tシャツ)

A tiny tee for a bumblebee

Ito maki maki 

Ito maki maki 

Hi-ite hi-ite ton ton ton

dekita dekita, kitsune no fuwa fuwa kutsushita

(キツネの  ふわふわくつした)

Stitch and pull and out of wool

Fluffy sox for the feet of a fox

Musicians

Akiko Hiroshima, vocals

Shayna Dunkelman, drums

Mariana and Roger, animal experts

Domenica Fossati, flute

Brett Parnell, pedal steel

Yoshi Waki, upright bass

Elena Moon Park, mandolin, vocals

Philippa, Roger and Mariana, New Year's Eve 2018

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