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Tairyo Utaikomi

大漁唄い込み

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

History (Takahashi Ryozan):

Two different pieces are brought together in this song: an ancient rowing song and an eighteenth-century tale, in which a young man named Saitaro picks a quarrel with a lord and is sentenced to exile on a distant island, where he becomes a fisherman; as he rows he sings this lament. This tune is very popular because of its rhythm and is typical of the Pacific coast.

Tairyo Utaikomi appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Invitation to the Folk Songs for Shakuhachi


Minyo Meijin Series Kikuchi Tansui


Minyo of Tohoku Takahashi Ryozan

    Two different pieces are brought together in this song: an ancient rowing song and an eighteenth-century tale, in which a young man named Saitaro picks a quarrel with a lord and is sentenced to exile on a distant island, where he becomes a fisherman; as he rows he sings this lament. This tune is very popular because of its rhythm and is typical of the Pacific coast.

Musical Atlas - Japan


    In Miyagi Prefecture, the fishermen sing a particular type of rhythmical song while sculling their boats and fishing.
    These songs are called songs for a good haul. The melody given here consists of two songs, Saitara-bushi and Toshima-Jinku, The former was originally sung by a mine worker named Saitaro who changed it into a boat song when he became a fisherman. The latter was a song for a Sake party. The text describes the sceneries of the seashore, the islands of the district, and the life and customs of the local people. The song begins with a prayer to the gods asking for their protection on sea and land.

Nihon Minyo - Shakuhachi Tokusen Shu - 1


Shakuhachi Folk Tunes - Vol 1


Special Selection of Folk Songs for the Shakuhachi - 2


Yagishita - 2



The International Shakuhachi Society - 2017