As you know, this is one of the hit songs by Shinji Tanimura (1948
- 2023), who passed away recently.
The scale chord at the beginning of this song is the same as the
classical guitar piece "Moonlight" (composer: F. Sor, 1778 - 1839), which are circled in red in the attached photos, and this is often the case.
I have played both of these solo and uploaded them to the following
Mr. Tanimura, like other musicians, has said that "music transcends
national borders," and we can understand this from the fact that the above-mentioned scale and chord coincide with each other, which remain in people's hearts.
The English translation of the song "Ii Hi Tabidachi" is "Leave for
Happiness," which means "journey to happiness. It does not mean "death" by any means, but there have been places and times when I have refrained from performing it because they imagined death in
the Japanese title.
As a person who studied, though at different universities, in Kyoto
at about the same time as Mr. Tanimura, and breathed the air of Kyoto, I hope to continue performing his music in the future as well.