International Shakuhachi Society Logo

The International Shakuhachi Society

Donpan Bushi

ドンパン節

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

History (Takahashi Yujiro):

A lively dance and party song from Akita; title and chorus imitate percussion.

(chorus:) dondon pan pan donpanpan etc.
Talking about bragging rights, I won't lose: this is the heartland of rice, the heartland of sake;
Akita's butterbur is the best in all Japan; and Ono no Komochi came from here.
People are cute when they're drinking, cuter still when they babble drunken nonsense;
strolling along nine abreast, four on the right and four on the left.
When you listen to a song, keep quiet! Some people sing well, some don't.
Go ahead and try singing yourselves - you'll find it's harder than you think!

Donpan Bushi appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Min'yo - Folk Song from Japan - Takahashi Yujiro and friends Takahashi Yujiro

    A lively dance and party song from Akita; title and chorus imitate percussion.

    (chorus:) dondon pan pan donpanpan etc.
    Talking about bragging rights, I won't lose: this is the heartland of rice, the heartland of sake;
    Akita's butterbur is the best in all Japan; and Ono no Komochi came from here.
    People are cute when they're drinking, cuter still when they babble drunken nonsense;
    strolling along nine abreast, four on the right and four on the left.
    When you listen to a song, keep quiet! Some people sing well, some don't.
    Go ahead and try singing yourselves - you'll find it's harder than you think!

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


The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018