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.
Let's go and see them.
yayoi no sora wa
kasumi ka kumo ka
nioi zo izuru
Sakura appears on the following albums