Considered one of Japan’s three best hot springs since the 17th century, the onsen of Gero continue to draw over a million visitors each year, most of whom seek relaxation in the open-air hot spring baths that line the Hida river.
While you would think this 400-year-old reputation would provide enough publicity for the town, Gero Onsen also has a J-Pop theme song sung by 19-year-old gravure idol and Gero native Tomomi Asa.
The song, titled Gerokko☆Kyurunn, is your standard Japanese female pop idol fare, held together with a simple chorus where Tomomi shouts “Gero Gero Gero Gero!” over and over in her most adorable voice, which is all fine and dandy except for one little detail: gero is also the Japanese slang word for vomit.
We don’t care how famous your hot springs are; the image of an endearing young Japanese pop idol dancing about on stage, cheerfully shouting “vomit vomit vomit vomit!” is just plain surreal (Incidentally, the town name Gero actually means lower bath).
Still, the song is rather catchy and we have to give it to a singer who can work up a crowd of young men into chanting “vomit vomit vomit vomit!” while she dances around dressed like Santa Claus.
While it’s easy to pick on Tomomi, you can really tell that she loves gero from the bottom of her heart and, lyrical nitpicking aside, the song was stuck in our heads long after we listened to it.
We here at RocketNews24 salute Tomomi Asa for writing a song that truly brings out the gero in all of us.
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