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Spring Verdure Issue (May)

Waseda rediscovery

Photograph by Yoichi Sato (Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences)

Azure Sky
Lyrics by Haruo Sumi / Music by Yuji Koseki

Azure sky, gazing up at the sun,
all-encompassing brilliance is the source of tradition.
The elite burn with a fighting spirit!
We occupy the ideal throne!
Waseda! Waseda!
Victorious! Victorious! Waseda!

Yearning for glory in our youth,
our bravado is matchless, the source of our pride.
Look upon our vanguard, overflowing with jubilation!
We occupy the ideal throne!
Waseda! Waseda!
Victorious! Victorious! Waseda!

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The cheering song capable of miracles

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The monument which stands in front of Okuma Kaikan is inscribed with and dedicated to the cheering song Azure Sky, released in 1931.

During the few years before the song's release, the Waseda Baseball Team had posted a one-sided losing record against the Keio Baseball Team.

In conjunction with the strong play of the Keio Baseball Team, the team's cheering song Young Blood had taken Japan by storm.

In order to dispel the stagnant mood which enveloped the Waseda campus, the Cheering Club held open recruitment within the university to find lyrics for a new cheering song.

From among approximately 30 submitted manuscripts, Professor Yaso Saijo selected Azure Sky. The lyrics were written by Haruo Sumi, a 3rd-year student in the School of Education. Professor Saijo did not revise a single word of the song.

The song was composed by the unknown budding songwriter Yuji Koseki, who was only 21 years old at the time.

Azure Sky was first performed at a Waseda-Keio baseball game played in the spring of 1931. The song inspired both the players and spectators, leading Waseda to victory. The popularity of the song then spread quickly throughout Japan.

Afterwards, Koseki became a nationally-known songwriter and composed many Waseda cheering songs such as Bright Blue Cloud. He also worked on Homage to Waseda-Keio, which is sung by both Waseda and Keio supporters at Jingu Stadium.

These numerous cheering songs continue to be sung together with our school song. In the future, the timeless appeal of the songs will continue to leave their mark on the youth of students at Waseda.