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Yachio Jishi


This is a piece of genre Jiuta in the style of Tegotomono from the Ikuta Ryû - 生田 School. This piece was composed for Shamisen by the person Fujinaga Kengyo.

History (Tsuge Gen'ichi):

It is said that this piece was originally written for Hitoyogiri (a short bamboo flute). Fujinaga Kengyo arranged the melody into the jiuta style, which represents the tegoto-mono form. This tegoto, consisting of three dan, depicts the lion (shishi) dancing in a wild delirium of joy. As is self-evident from the title Yachiyo ('Eight Thousands of Years'), the text is of a congratulatory character.

Poem (translated by Tsuge Gen'ichi)

In this eternal reign,
Like two bamboo shoots
Grown straight and true,
This world shall last
Thousands of ages.

On the young needles of the pine,
On the young needles of the pine,
Itsumade mo
kawaranu miyo no
aitake no
yoyo wa
yachiyo furu


Yuki zo kakareru
matsu no futaba ni
yuki zo kakareru
matsu no futabe ni

Yachio Jishi appears on the following albums

Art of the Koto - The music of Japan Played by Kimio Eto None Eto Kimio
    Lion of Eight Thousand Generations from the 16th century

    This is an example of the Lion Piece, a large category in traditional Japanese music. A lion, usually one that is trying to sleep, is disturbed, becomes excited and performs a violent dance. Some of the most spectacular dance numbers of the traditional theatre belong to this category. In this piece, it is the musical form with its quietly sung beginning, colorful instrumental mid-portion, and brief vocal ending in which we find the relationship to the lion dance. The lyrics are rather conventional, expressing wishes for the welfare of the Imperial House, and they are connected with the lion theme only by a rather tenuous play on words. The effect has been suggested here with the word "flourish," which should be read both in the meaning suggested by the context and as suggestive of the lion "flourishing" his mane in the dance. The lines after the instrumental passage return us to a quiet mood with the image of an old pine covered with snow, symbolic of a vigorous old age.

    With this August Reign
    Unchanging forever,
    May these glorious reigns
    Flourish through many thousands;
    Through Eight Thousand Reigns.

    Snow clings on paired needles of the pine,
    Snow clings on paired needles of the pine.

Classic Ensemble Music Vol 2 Kitahara Kozan II Yes Yes
    Performance with voice, shamisen, koto and shakuhachi. This is a rather short but very popular piece, regarded as a felicitating music because of the meaning of the poem and the rather animated instrumental parts. It consists of three sections: fore-song, instrumental interlude and after-song. The original composition for voice and shamisen was done by Fujinaga Kengyo in the middle of the 18th century. It is thought that the music of the interlude came from an old shakuhachi music which itself had been derived from an accompaniment music to a kind of lion dance.

Fascination of the Koto 2
Yonekawa Hiroe Yonekawa Toshiko
    Yachiyo jishi (longevity of eight thousand years)

    It is thought that this piece was originally a shakuhachi piece depicting a joyful lion dance In the mid-17th century Masazima kengyo arranged it for the kokyu and it was again arranged by Huzinaga kengyo at the end of the 17 century as a shamisen piece. It is now performed in various instrumental settings. The tegoto (interlude), consisting of three sections, is full of joyful movements and for this reason is performed in kabuki as background music for fight scenes.

Fujii Kunie Sokyoku Jiuta No Sekai 1 None

Ikuta Ryu Sokyoku Senshu Volume 01

Japan - Courtly Songs Chida Etsuko

Japanese Koto Music of Kimio Eto - Koto and Flute - Featuring the flute of Bud Shank, The None Eto Kimio

Kinko Shakuhachi Gaikyoku Anthology Volume 1 - First Level - tape 3 Kawase Junsuke III

Koto - Keiko Nosaka
Nosaka Keiko
Koto no Miryoku - Disk 1

Miyagi Michio - Best One

Rokudan no Shirabe - Koto Favorites
Nakashima Yasuko Yuize Shin'ichi

Sankyoku Home Practice - Shoden 2 Aoki Reibo II

Selections from Koto, Shamisen and Shakuhachi Yes Yes Yes
    San-Kyoku means a performance presented by three kinds of instruments. Koto, Shamisen and Shakuhachi in concert. Yachiyo Jishi is the music of the lion Shishi in celebration of a felicitous event.

Sokyoku Jiuta Taikei 22
Kikutsuki Aki Kikuhara Hatsuko

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