Shugo Tokumaru- “Katachi”

I recently stumbled across a Japanese music video, and if you have a few moments to spare, I highly recommend checking it out.

Katachi, by Shugo Tokumaru, is a stop motion video that represents an abstract flow of both good and bad memories. Katachi, which means shape, uses over 2000 PVC silhouettes that were cut out using a computer-controlled cutter.

Even if you don’t understand Japanese, it’s a really neat video to watch and a super catchy song. I’ve posted a rough English translation of the lyrics below. And if you’re interested in learning how exactly this video was made, check out the producer’s blog.

I hope you enjoy it, and let me know what you think!

Katachi by Shugo Tokumaru

Before the source of voices which boil down gets past the throat
if you spit out what you have seen up until then

The source of different voices reaches the throat
before what you have seen up until then gets erased

Keeping the shape unchanged
waiting on that same path

Before the source of different voices gets past the throat
before you put some oil ’cause you can’t move from where you are
before even languid memories get erased

Keeping the shape unchanged
waiting on that same path

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