Now and then, I did have my taste of the Japanese dessert delicacy of dango skewered on a stick and covered in sweet sauce when I walked through areas such as Asakusa, although my sweet tooth allegiances will always gravitate toward apple pie or a slice of Black Forest. Having said that, for a period of several months at the end of the 20th century, there was no way I could avoid dango. And this song was the cause.
"Dango San Kyodai" (The Three Dumpling Brothers) was the viral earworm of the year, even before the term existed officially. And it's the second example I've come across that a cute little ditty about a Japanese confection became a 10-tonne cultural monster. First, to give credit where it's due, let me show you the full cast behind this Dango Tango (I only put in just the one group up in the heading since I wanted to save on space): there is the Dango Gasshodan, the Himawari Kids, and then on the lead vocals, Kentaro Hayami（速水けんたろう）and Ayumi Shigemori（茂森あゆみ）.
Of course, on a cultural level, I'm sure sales of dango went through the proverbial thatched roof. Apparently, even the configuration of the skewered dumplings underwent a slight alteration thanks to the song. A skewer usually holds 4 of the dango, but during the "Dango San Kyodai" boom, the dango makers decided to take away that one extra dumpling for the kiddies.
My appreciation for dango didn't particularly improve, but now I know that if I ever order a plate of the stuff again, there will always be that accordion playing the theme song in my head.