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@@Satchan is a collection of 36 poems for children written by Sakata Hiroo (1925- 2005). These poems first appeared in various media as songs for children from 1959 to 1975. It is a significant collection of poems which can be enjoyed by younger children.
@@gSatchanh was first made public in 1959. It depicted a childfs lonely feelings and affection for a friend in a childfs natural spoken language, which marked a new phase in the field of songs for children. In gOnaka no Heru Utah [Song of a Hungry Child] a child who is very hungry cries gMom, my tummy meets my back!h Childrenfs honest feelings are described in realistic ordinary language.
@@Sakata also vividly depicts the diverse ways of childrenfs thinking. In gOtô-sanh [Dad] and gKaze no Naka no Okâ-sanh [Mom in the Wind] children are afraid of their parents growing old and hope affectionately that Dad wonft be like others or Mom wonft change. In gOshikko no Tankuh [Tank of Pee] a child wonders why water becomes lively when it turns to urine, and in gShoppai Umih [Salty Sea] another child wonders why fish do not mind the cold and salty water in the sea. In gYûhi ga Senaka wo Oshite kuruh [The Setting Sun is Pushing My Back], a child cries to the setting sun: gDonft oversleep tomorrow morning!h The imaginative and animistic mind of a child is dynamically represented.
@@The collection was published as the thirteenth volume of gKokudosha Shi no Honh [Poetry Books of Kokudosha] series (twenty volumes in total). In those days, rhythm was considered more important than words in songs for children. The publication of Sakatafs songs as poetry was very significant.
@@Humorous illustrations with pen sketches by Wada Makoto make the poems even more familiar. The collection received the sixth Japanese Childrenfs Songs Award. gSatchanh became a national favorite song. Poems including gYûhi ga Senaka wo Oshite kuruh were adopted in elementary school textbooks and give energy to children.