Let’s learn Japanese with the song ひまわりの約束 (Promise of the sunflower) by 秦基博 (Motohiro Hata).

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On this page, you can learn Japanese words you can use in a daily conversation with the song ひまわりの約束 (Promise of the sunflower) by 秦基博 (Motohiro Hata).

Official Music Video

The learning focus on this page is the expressions below.

  • そばにいたいよ
  • 君のために出来ることが僕にあるかな
  • いつも君にずっと君に笑っていてほしくて

You can find them in the video. Go to 1:00.


Let’s have a look at the expressions more carefully. Scroll down please.


Meaning: I want to be near you.
  • そば (so ba) means ‘near’.
  • に (ni) is a location marking particle.
  • に usually means ‘in’ or ‘at’.
  • いたい (i ta i) means ‘want to be (stay)’.
  • い is Stem Form of いる (i ru) which means ‘be’ or ‘exist’.
  • たい is ‘want to’.
  • よ (yo) is added at the end of a sentence to show your friendliness.


Meaning: Is there anything I can do for you?
  • 君(きみ/ki mi)means ‘you’.
  • 君 is not used as much as あなた which also means ‘you’.
  • のために (no ta me ni) means ‘for’.
  • 出来る(で・き・る/de ki ru)means ‘can do’.
  • こと (ko to) means ‘thing’.
  • が (ga) is a topic marking particle and does not mean anything.
  • 僕(ぼく/bo ku)means ‘I’.
  • ある (a ru) means ‘be’ or ‘exist’.

ある is used when you talk about objects.

Use いる which also means ‘be’ or ‘exist’ if you talk about people or animals.

  • かな (ka na) can be placed at the end of an interrogative sentence.
  • かな is more casual and informal than .


Meaning: I want you to smile always, forever.
  • いつも (i tsu mo) means ‘always’.
  • 君(きみ/ki mi)means ‘you’.
  • ずっと (zu t to) means ‘forever’.
  • 笑って(わら・って/wa ra t te)is in てForm.
  • Dictionary Form of 笑って is 笑う(わら・う/wa ra u)which means ‘to smile’.
  • somebody + に + てForm + ほしい means ‘want somebody to do’.
  • 笑っていてほしくて means ‘want you to smile’.
  • くて (ku te) follows いadjective or ほしい.
  • くて indicates that you have not finished the sentence and would like to say more.