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The train’s departing music - JR Osaka Loop Line
When you come to Osaka and utilize the JR Osaka Loop Line, which is actually in the shape of a “loop” and goes around Osaka city, you will hear the train’s departing music. From this spring, each of the 19 Osaka Loop Line stations plays its unique melody.
The aim of the melodies is to announce and make easy for the passenger to know when the doors are closing for train departures. Come ride the trains and listen to which music was chosen for each station!
Osaka Jo Koen - Sound of a Conch
The station for Hotel New Otani Osaka and Osaka Castle and Park represents the history of the Samurai and Osaka Castle with the blowing sounds of a conch, which was used as a communication tool during the Samurai period.
Kyobashi – Old MacDonald Had a Farm (American Folk)
The song was known as “ Osaka Umaimon no Uta ” in Japanese Lyrics. In Osaka, people changed the lyrics to sing about the “ yummy food in Osaka ”. Yes, you can find that yummy food right here around Kyobashi Station.
Sakuranomiya –Sakuranbo (song by Ai Otsuka)
Sakuranbo (cherry) was a hit song by Japanese singer, Ai Otsuka, from Osaka. This station is the place where many Sakura trees can be seen. Sakura are the Cherry Trees and Sakuranbo, the Cherry.
Tenma – Hanabi (song by Aiko)
Hanabi mean Fireworks. The song is a hit song by Aiko from Osaka. This is the place where Hanabi (fireworks) fill the skies each year at the TENJIN MATSURI festival.
Osaka – Yappa Sukiyanen (song by Yashiki Takajin) 10min from Osaka Jo Koen
In 2014, Just 4 months after singer Yashiki Takajin, who loved Osaka and who is still loved by Osaka citizens, passed away, the song was chosen. The word, Yappa Sukiyanen (I knew it! I love you), represents the hope of Osaka Station to be loved.
Fukushima – Musoubana (song by Hiroshi Madoka)
This is the song of TV presenter and singer, Hiroshi Madoka, from Osaka.
The song repeats the impressive lyrics (fly fly….. go round, go round…). Well, you know, Osaka Loop Line goes round and round…
Noda - A week (Russian Folk)
In the Japanese Lyrics of this song, on Sundays, the girl goes to the market, and you guessed it, there is wholesale market in this area.
Nishikujo – American Patrol (American folk) 17min from Osaka Jo Koen via Osaka stataion
This is the station where one changes train to get to Universal Studio. Start the American-like journey to the Universal Studio from here!
Bentencho - I've Been Working on the Railroad (American folk)
There used to be a museum here of the history of Osaka Loop Line.
Taisho -Teinsagunuhana (Okinawa folk)
This area is known as the place where many people from Okinawa have settled. You can enjoy the Okinawa Food in the area!
Ashiharabashi – Matsuri (Ashiharabashi taiko shuudan Ikari)
There are many Japanese drum (taiko) companies in this area. For this station, the melody of a drum group, Ikari, from this area, was chosen and arranged. Can you hear the rhythm of the Japanese drums?
Imamiya – Daikokusama (Collection of elementary school songs between 1910 and 1941)
The melody was chosen since the area is close to Daikokucho and Okuninushi jinja.
Daikou is one of the Seven Deities of Good Luck of Japanese folk religions and the god of good luck.
Shin-Imamiya –From the New world Symphony No.9 (Dvorak) 15min from Osaka Jo Koen via Tsuruhashi
This is the station for you to get off for Tsutenkaku tower, which was originally inspired by the Eiffel tower in Paris. Well known for its many Kushikatsu (deep fried tidbits on a skewer) eating places, this area is named Shinsekai which literally means the new world…. Here you go!
Tennoji –Ano kane wo narasunoha anata (Song by Akiko Wada) 12min from Osaka Jo Koen via Tsuruhashi
Located in this area is the Shitennoji Temple, famous for its bell. Listen to the sounds of the bells arranged in the melody. “Ano kane wo narasunoha anata” means “you are the one who tolls the bell”.
Teradacho – Life Goes On (Song by In-sist Band)
This is the image song for the JR Osaka Loop Line Project done by an Osaka hip-hop band. The new loop line runs to the new Osaka - life goes on!
Momodani –Sake to Namida to Otoko to Onna (Song by Eigo Kawashima)
The singer Eigo Kawashima, already passed away, who used to run the live house near the station. The title of the song means “Alcohol and Tears and Man and Woman”.
Tsuruhashi –Yodel Tabehoudai (Song by Katsura Jakusaburo and Manpuku brothers)
When you get off the train at this station, you can smell Yakiniku! The area is known as Korean town for its many Yakiniku (grilled beef) Restaurants. The song is about eating as much Yakiniku (grilled beef) as you like.
Tamatsukuri – Mary Had A Little Lamb (American folk)
Just beside the station, there is an Osaka Loop Line train-shaped building called Vierra Tamatsukuri. The windows of the nursery have different heights, showing the music scale of Mary Had A Little Lamb.
Morinomiya –The Other Day I Met A Bear (American folk)
This song is titled “A Bear in the Forest” in Japanese. It is Morinomiya Station, and Mori means Forest!
Hope you enjoy riding on the JR Osaka Loop Line with its various melodies whenever you stay at the New Otani Osaka.
(Reference: Melody Guide Brochure of the JR Osaka Loop Line)