For a total change of pace, this post has nothing to do with Thailand. ISAN in this instance is a small electronic music group — British, I think. And Akatombo is the name of a fairly old Japanese song that has been translated into English as “Red Dragonfly.”
One description about the song goes:
The nursery song called “Akatombo,” meaning “Red Dragonfly,” has been sung for many generations. The words of this song were written by a famous poet, Miki Rofu (1889-1964), when he was working at a monastery in Hokkaido. The words express his nostalgia and affection for his mother, childhood and faraway hometown, Tatsuno. The song appeared in the nursery song book, “Shinjujima” (“A Pearl Island”) in 1921, and it was set to music by Yamada Kosaku, a famous composer, in 1927.
Rofu’s parents were divorced, because of his father’s waywardness, when Rofu was young, and he was brought up by his grandfather. This nation’s beloved song, “Akatombo,” was born from Rofu’s nostalgic thoughts about his distant mother and home.
Rather interestingly, I also found this:
Unfortunately Miki Rofu died by a taxi accident on December 29, 1964, and on the same day just after one year of his death, Yamada Kosaku died of old age.
Isan – Akatombo
Isan (Antony Ryan & Robin Saville) – Akatombo [ Electronica Cover ]
Album: V.A. – Morr Music JAPAN TOUR 2004
Art Work: Jan Kruse
Label: Morr Music