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Yuki no Shingun

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Wikipedia article

'"Yuki no Shingun"' is a Japanese 'gunka' composed in 1895 by Imperial Japanese Army musician who reflected his experience in the Battle of Weihaiwei during the First Sino-Japanese War. The song was banned in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II and was used in the 1977 film 'Mount Hakkoda'.


During the Battle of Weihaiwei, the Imperial Japanese Army experienced heavy snow and low temperature, while being under-equipped with water, food and fuel. Nagai reflected in his song the hardship Japanese soldiers experienced and their discontentment about the war. The song, which was popular at the time of its publication and is described by scholars to have an upbeat melody, was said to be favoured by yama Iwao. It was also taught and sung in Japanese schools during the late Meiji period.

Nagai's song was later widely referred to by soldiers during the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific War. The discontentment about the war and the disillusionment about the patriotic propaganda expressed in the song were viewed as antagonistic to Japanese militarism and prohibited by the Imperial Japanese Army, though the effectiveness of the order was in doubt.


In popular culture

*The 1977 film 'Mount Hakkoda' used "Yuki no Shingun" and associated this song with the Hakkda Mountains incident.

*The Japanese version of the 2005 video game 'Destroy All Humans!', released in 2007, referred to the first two lines of the song.

*The 2012 anime 'Girls und Panzer' shows yukari akiyama and riko "erwin" matsumoto singing the song during a reconnaissance march through the snow, and the anime's sequel film 'Girls und Panzer der Film' uses the melody as a leitmotif for chi-ha-tan academy, a Japanese-themed school.


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