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Sakura

This is a piece of genre Min'yo from the Min'yo School.

History (Tsuge Gen'ichi):

Sakura ('Cherry Blossoms') is one of the best known melodies of Japan. Originally it was an old urban popular tune known by the name of Saita sakura. It is also one of the most popular children's songs.

Arranged by Ongaku Torishirabe-gakari during the Meiji Era, this song was included in the Sokyoku shu ('Collection of Japanese Koto Music,' Vol. 1, Tokyo, 1888), and has been used for beginners of the koto ever since.

Poem (translated by Tsuge Gen'ichi)

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
In the March sky,
As far as one can see -
A mist? A cloud?
Their fragrance fills the air.
Come, everybody!
Let's go and see them.
Sakura sakura
yayoi no sora wa
miwatasu kagiri
kasumi ka kumo ka
nioi zo izuru
izaya izaya
mini yukan

Sakura appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
All the Best from Japan


Art of the Koto - The music of Japan Played by Kimio Eto None Eto Kimio
    Cherry Blossoms

    A set of variations on in old Japanese folk song, arranged by Kimio Eto.

Endless Sea - Impressions of Japan John Singer

Flute and Koto of Japan Yamaguchi Goro
Yonekawa Toshiko

Haru no Umi - Koto Meikyoku Sen - 2 Yamamoto Hozan Sawai Tadao
Isaac Stern - The Classic Melodies of Japan Yamamoto Hozan

Japan - Shakuhachi and Koto


Japan Revisited


Japanese Folk Songs


    Japanese traditional ancient song about cherry blossoms, Japanese national flower. This song has been well-known for over 1000 years.

Koto and Shamisen Gendai Meikyoku Shu 04


Koto and Shamisen Gendai Meikyoku Shu 09


Koto and Shamisen Gendai Meikyoku Shu 09


Koto Music of Japan


Koto no Miryoku - Disk 2


Magenta
Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto

Moonlit Castle John Singer

Rinko Yes Nomura Tomoko


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2014