Happy Monday everyone!
This week, we are going back to the early 2000s and to Japan! Spring 2001 and Chiba to be exact! Tentai Kansoku (天体観測) is a song by rock band Bump of Chicken and according to Mooto Fujiwara (lead vocals and guitar), it is intended to be a song for when you are searching for answers. Appropriately, the title translates to “astronomical observation” evoking the feeling of looking up into the dark night sky and searching for something bigger than ourselves. Perhaps you’re searching for answers, a purpose, or maybe just hope.
The music video follows four children as they work together to view comets that night. From listening to the radio to ensure a clear night sky to meeting up at the train tracks at 2 PM, they successfully coordinate with each other and gaze up into the night sky.
Listening to the lyrics, this comet, it turns out, isn’t just an ordinary comet, but rather an analogy for something more. The chorus repeats「今」というほうき星、君と二人追いかけていた (together we chased the comet called “now”). We are constantly chasing this comet—we’re seemingly always searching for something, whether it is our version of happiness or something to ward off sadness.
Start off your week with this wistful but contemplative tune! You never know what answers you’ll stumble upon as you progress through the week!
Have a wonderful week everyone!