Words: ; trans­lat­ed from Ja­pa­nese to Eng­lish by .

Music: Com­pos­er un­known.

If you know S. Oji­ma’s full name, where to get a pic­ture of him or Kate Han­sen, or have the lyr­ics in Ja­pa­nese char­ac­ters

Note: In the re­frain, Koo­ree­soo­mah­soo is Ja­pa­nese for “Christ­mas.”

Lowly shepherds of Judea,
On a winter’s night,
Heard a sound of angel voices,
Saw a wondrous light.


O, merry, merry, merry, Koo-ree-soo-mah-soo!
Let us all be very merry, Koo-ree-soo-mah-soo!

Eastern wise men seeking Jesus,
Traveling from afar,
Just like us were filled with gladness,
When they saw His star.


Friends today are keeping Christmas,
In America,
Brothers, sisters, singing with us,
Down in Africa.


Transliteration of the Japanese:

Yoodahyah no hetsoo jee woe,
Kohoh hetoe moh,
Nohdohkahnee eewahee nok,
Kohe woe ta te.

Nan daka oohrashee
Wahrarah moureshee,