Neko Oikawa was born on February 10, 1960. In 1985, she received the Award of Excellence in the Mitsubishi Minica maskot song contest. She has written numerous hit songs, including her debut work “Passing Through” performed by Kanako Wada, “Sabishii Nettaigyo” performed by Wink, “Tokyo” performed by Takajin Yashiki, and “Zankoku na Tenshi no Teeze” and “Tamashii no Rufuran,” the theme songs for Neon Genesis Evangelion. Her published works include Hakon～ Juuhassai Toshishita no Torukojin Teishu to Sugoshita Juusan Nenkan, Neko no Te mo Kashitai～ Oikawa Nekoryu Sakushijutsu, and Dareka ga Watashi wo Kirai de mo. In addition to providing lyrics to numerous singers, she’s involved in writing and translating lyrics for musicals; composing works for the stage; writing songs for commercials, essays, and articles; speaking; and producing works by other artists.
A large dragon is crossing the land of Kii, where I was born. It has sat on the area’s land and flowed with its water since ancient times. Sometimes it flies through the air, quietly watching lives as they are born and extinguished. The sun and the rain are both caused by this dragon. Sometimes it is even described as a miracle.
People can only live 100 years. Nonetheless, they marshal their greed and shallow, shortsighted knowledge to destroy that which their ancestors built up with care and strive to create a world where there are no second chances. However, if it accords with the dragon’s intentions, the road down which people seek to travel consists only of carrying out the life they were granted, sometimes resisting, sometimes accepting.
What awaits us in the future? No one can know whether we’re headed for an evolution that surpasses our imagination, or approaching destruction.
Meanwhile, the dragon continues watching. Our past, our present, and our future.
Is the dragon a god? Or is it the compassion, repentance, and hope that live in our own hearts?
Today, it seems that the dragon that stretches across the land of Kii is smiling and listening carefully to the words and songs of these heaven-sent dragon-children.