This is the first article about Nishino Kana 西野カナ. I’ll tell you how I found out about her later but today let’s focus on her little cute song called Torisetsu トリセツ.
Nishino was born in 1989 in Matsusaka 松坂. Wiki says she always interested in living overseas, and so she spent her 5th grade in Guam and she also spent 1 year in Los Angeles during her first year in high school.
Nishino debuted in 2008. Wiki doesn’t provide a lot of details but apparently she went for an audition and later signed with SME records, a subsidiary of Sony Music. Although she doesn’t compose her music, she pens the lyrics of most of her songs, despite having zero experience prior to her debut.
Torisetsu in Japanese is shorthand for Tori Atsukai Setsumei Sho 取扱説明書. It means instruction manual or user manual. It’s released in 2015 and reached #6 on Oricon. I knew about the song when it’s first released. I think many people, especially men, in Japan were offended. I found the lyrics cute and was laughing hard when I first read it. Basically, Nishino tells men how they should treat women (or is it really just her?) when they’re in a love relationship, and wrote an “instruction manual” in the form of a song. It’s like Sada Masashi’s さだ まさし famous Kanpaku Sengen 関白宣言, only the role is reversed. I can imagine why it can stir up controversy among Japanese men, or even women. Here’s my English translation of the “manual”. Feel free to point out any inaccuracies : )
Interesting enough, there’s a boys group called HFU that responded to Nishino’s song with a man’s version of the instruction manual. Here’s the MV and I think they’re pretty cool.
Here’s my English translation of the man’s instruction manual:)