In Japan, Umi Sono Ai is recognized as a symbol of the country's spirit and the hope of a life fulfilled. The song tells of a man who goes to the ocean to reflect upon his life. Though the retreat of each wave may reflect his failures, a new wave of hope soon appears. The ocean offers a remembrance, a conviction that all those we have touched, and all those with whom we have interacted in life's journey, combine to chart a course for a better tomorrow. Sing the song in the original Japanese, or in the singable English version provided.