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Shinjo Bushi

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

History (Takahashi Yujiro):

Shinjo town (Yamagat Pre.) had a flourishing pleasure district called Bambacho. The verses here are from the viewpoint of a man eager to visit his favorite courtesan - and reluctant to leave her before dawn.

That mountain's too tall - I can't see Shinjo. I love Shinjo, I hate that mountain.
Crossing Mt. Sabane, passing Funagata, I've come to see you in Bambacho.
At dawn, the day breaks, the sparrows cry chun chun, the crows cry kaa kaa, the kites in the
sky cry hyorohyoro, and the temple fish gong sounds sukopon sukopokoponpon - would you
send me home before then?

Shinjo Bushi appears on the following albums

AlbumShakuhachiKotoShamisen
Folk Songs with Shakuhachi


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

    Shinjo town (Yamagat Pre.) had a flourishing pleasure district called Bambacho. The verses here are from the viewpoint of a man eager to visit his favorite courtesan - and reluctant to leave her before dawn.

    That mountain's too tall - I can't see Shinjo. I love Shinjo, I hate that mountain.
    Crossing Mt. Sabane, passing Funagata, I've come to see you in Bambacho.
    At dawn, the day breaks, the sparrows cry chun chun, the crows cry kaa kaa, the kites in the
    sky cry hyorohyoro, and the temple fish gong sounds sukopon sukopokoponpon - would you
    send me home before then?

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

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