If You're Happy Clap Your Hands ( Shiawase nara Te o Tatakō )

Yuri Mori and Rihito Kimura

Yuri Mori, a gospel singer and radio personality, interviews Waseda bioethics professor Rihito Kimura, the composer of the hit song "Shiawase nara Te o Tatakō". (The English version is "If You're Happy and You Know it Clap Your Hands.") Kimura wrote the song after his experience as a college student volunteering at a YMCA work camp in the Philippines in 1950. He was shocked to discover evidence of atrocities by the Japanese military during WWII in the area. Yet the Filipinos he worked with realized that in Christ they were "tomo" (companions, friends) and could forgive each other. Daily they worshipped God, read the Bible and sang hymns together with him, a Japanese. Hearing children singing a rhythmic game, he thought of Psalm 47:1. "Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to the Lord with loud songs of joy." That is the hint that started the song. Then he wrote other verses saying "praise," " thank," and "pray." Real joy comes only from knowing God. Then we can love and forgive each other and be people of peace. Quotes Ephesians 5:8 in Living Bible. In the 1960s the song was made famous by a popular singer and was spread over the world through the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Packet of 50 tracts. ¥1,080

Issued date:2018年08月01日
Price:¥1,100(tax included)