Umi Yukaba (海行かば) is a Japanese patriotic song (gunka) based on a waka poem by Ōtomo no Yakamochi in the Man'yōshū. As set to music in 1937 by Kiyoshi Nobutoki (信時 潔 Nobutoki Kiyoshi ) it has been popular during and also after World War II. Umi Yukaba was sung before takeoff by many Kamikaze suicide attack pilots in the final stages of World War II.
In popular culture
- Umi Yukaba is also the name of a 1983 Japanese film.
- Kimi ga Yo
- Umi Yukaba from Victory in the Pacific, PBS documentary on World War II
- Kiyoshi Nobutoki Research guide in Japanese only
- Nihonkai daikaisen: Umi yukaba from IMDB
- The Emperor and Empress's Visit to Saipan account of an elderly Chamorro man singing Umi yukaba
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