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Kagoshima Han'ya Bushi

鹿児島はんや節

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

History (Takahashi Yujiro):

A song from the pleasure district of Kagoshima, southern Japan. Its lyrics largely speak for the geisha whose romantic travails are depicted therein. This song belongs to a large extended family which traveled on sailing ships all over Japan, with gradual changes in melody, mood, tempo and lyrics - leading also to the song in Tsugaru Aiya Bushi.

The ship that we saw off this morning to the sounds of "Han'ya" -
I wonder what harbor it's reached?
I spend half the year singing "Han'ya", and the other half sleeping.
(spoken:)That young man who's just come in, isn't he good-looking?
I try to talk to him, but he runs away.

Kagoshima Han'ya Bushi appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Min'yo - Folk Song from Japan - Takahashi Yujiro and friends None

    A song from the pleasure district of Kagoshima, southern Japan. Its lyrics largely speak for the geisha whose romantic travails are depicted therein. This song belongs to a large extended family which traveled on sailing ships all over Japan, with gradual changes in melody, mood, tempo and lyrics - leading also to the song in Tsugaru Aiya Bushi.

    The ship that we saw off this morning to the sounds of "Han'ya" -
    I wonder what harbor it's reached?
    I spend half the year singing "Han'ya", and the other half sleeping.
    (spoken:)That young man who's just come in, isn't he good-looking?
    I try to talk to him, but he runs away.

    Copyright 1999 - Dr David W. Hughes
    e-mail dh6@soas.ac.uk


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