Project:<NHK> Song to cheer up everyone’s challenge for the year 2020 and beyond

Picture of Kenshi Yonezu and Foorin

Project:<NHK>Song to cheer up everyone's challenge for the year 2020 and beyond

team Paprika

The project song “Paprika” was created to encourage the ambitions of those many people.
The song was composed by Kenshi Yonezu, one of Japan’s most popular musicians. To perform it, five children were chosen from auditions to form the group “Foorin”. A fun dance that almost anyone can do was choreographed by Tomohiko Tsujimoto and Koharu Sugawara, dancers known around the world.

“Paprika”
: The Video Produced by Kenshi Yonezu

Dance Music Video (Japanese)
Dance Music Video (English)
Paprika

Music, Lyrics, Arrangement : Kenshi YonezuChoreography : Tomohiko Tsujimoto, Koharu Sugawara

まが りくねり はしゃいだ みち
あお もり まわ
あそ びまわり しの まち
だれ かが んでいる

なつ かげ つ あなたに いたい
つけたのはいちばん ぼし
明日 あした れるかな

パプリカ はな いたら
れた そら たね こう
ハレルヤ ゆめ えが いたなら
こころ あそ ばせあなたにとどけ

あめ くゆ つき かげ
木陰 こかげ いてたのは だれ
一人 ひとり 一人 ひとり なぐさ めるように
だれ かが んでいる

よろこ びを かぞ えたら あなたでいっぱい
かえ みち らしたのは
おも のかげぼうし

パプリカ はな いたら
れた そら たね こう
ハレルヤ ゆめ えが いたなら
こころ あそ ばせあなたにとどけ

いに くよ 並木 なみき けて
うた うた って
にはいっぱいの はな かか えて
らるらりら

いに くよ 並木 なみき けて
うた うた って
にはいっぱいの はな かか えて
らるらりら

パプリカ はな いたら
れた そら たね こう
ハレルヤ ゆめ えが いたなら
こころ あそ ばせあなたにとどけ
かかと はず ませこの ゆび とまれ

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Paprika

Music, Lyrics, Arrangement : Kenshi YonezuEnglish Translation : Nelson Babin-CoySinger : Foorin team E

Twisting and turning, down this road we go

Running to the forest where we can play all day

The sun shines so brightly on our country town

Someone’s always calling out your name

And when summer comes, see our shadows grow

Always know I will miss you so

Come on, look up, find the first star in the sky

I hope tomorrow will be sunny, too

Paprika, when our flowers start to bloom

Put the seeds into your hands and throw them in the sky

Paprika, we can make our dreams come alive

Rain or shine, we’ll find a way to play again another day

It’s raining and pouring, the moon’s hiding away

I think I can hear someone crying in the shade

Don’t worry I promise, there’s no need to be afraid

Someone’s always calling out your name

Come and count with me all the happy things

So much joy you always bring

Now it’s time to go, I’ll see you tomorrow

Memories will light the way back home

Paprika, when our flowers start to bloom

Put the seeds into your hands and throw them in the sky

Paprika, we can make our dreams come alive

Rain or shine, we’ll find a way to play again another day

I will run to you

Through the forest where we played

Singing songs we made

And I will fill both hands with flowers along the way

La-di la-di-da

Paprika, when our flowers start to bloom

Put the seeds into your hands and throw them in the sky

Paprika, we can make our dreams come alive

Rain or shine, we’ll find a way to play again another day

Let’s all come together now, point our fingers to the sky

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“Foorin”
: The 5-member unit that performs “Paprika”

Picture of Foorin

Yonezu was inspired by fuurin , or “wind chimes”, for the group name, song, dance, and costumes.
Members:
(Main Vocals) Hyuga, Moeno
(Backing Vocals & Dance) Takeru, Ririko,Chise

“Foorin Team E”
: Bringing the world together with “Paprika”

Picture of Foorin team E

“Paprika” will cross national boundaries to link people all over the world. A new 5-member group of native English-speaking children, the “Foorin team E”, has been formed to further expand this huge circle. They will perform “Paprika” with English lyrics.
Members: (Main Vocals) Jasmine(10), Corban(8)
(Backing Vocals & Dance) Len(12), Evangeline(12), Clara(6)

Interview Video

Lyrics / Music / Arrangement

Picture of Kenshi Yonezu

Kenshi Yonezu

Born in 1991. A musician and illustrator who came to prominence on the internet.
An entertainment phenomenon whose “Lemon” music video, released in 2018, was played more than 500 million times, and set a Recording Industry Association of Japan record for speed in attaining 3 million downloads. His single “Uma to Shika”, released in September 2019, has also set various Japan music industry records, made the top of the Billboard Japan overall rankings, racking up physical sales of more than 1.1 million units, and remaining number 1 in the Digital ranking for 10 weeks.

Choreographers

Picture of Tomohiko Tsujimoto and Koharu SugawaraTomohiko Tsujimoto (left), Koharu Sugawara (right)

Tomohiko Tsujimoto

Born in 1977, he first came to notice in 2007 as a dancer with Cirque de Soleil, and he did 485 performances in 27 countries between 2011 and 2014 with the Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour. A dancer who performs around the world, he is also active as a choreographer.

Koharu Sugawara

Born in 1992, she is recognized around the world for her unique dance style. She has performed solo in more than 35 countries, and besides performances and workshops is also active in such fields as television commercials and fashion.

Personal messages from the team of “Paprika”