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Origins: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'

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Subject: Sakura
From: GUEST,Japan
Date: 08 Jun 00 - 03:29 AM

This is a long shot. I was looking for the Japanese lyrics for this ancient tune about a Cherry Tree. Banjo Johnny in Oklahoma City


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Subject: Lyr Add: SAKURA (Japanese children's song)
From: Jigger
Date: 08 Jun 00 - 12:10 PM

Hey Japan -
I think this is the song you're looking for (brings back some memories - I sang it in grammar school). I can't vouch for any translation, however.

Sakura, Sakura.
Yayoi no sora wa,
mi-watasu kagiri.
Kasumi ka kumo ka,
nioi-zo izuru.
Iza ya! Iza ya!
Mi ni yukan.

Sakura, Sakura.
Mire-domo akanu,
mi-yama no nagame.
Tomodachi-tsurete,
tamoto o soroe.
Iza ya! Iza ya!
Mi ni yukan.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sakura
From: Wolfgang
Date: 08 Jun 00 - 12:41 PM

with Jigger's lead I found this site (complete with tune): Sakura (click here!)

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sakura
From: Barbara
Date: 08 Jun 00 - 02:31 PM

My daughter just sang this at the Haru Matsuri at her school here in Oregon. I can have her check when she gets home and say if there are any more lyrics, but I think Jigger's got them all.
Blessings,
Barbara


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sakura
From: GUEST,BANJO JOHNNY
Date: 08 Jun 00 - 09:21 PM

HI EVERYBODY - THANKS! That nailed it, and I'm going to check Wolfgang's "clicker" too, that is neat. Johnny in Oklahoma City


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sakura
From: GUEST,emily
Date: 11 Aug 04 - 05:48 PM

i've also seen another verse:
saita sakura
hanamite modoro
yoshino wa sakura
tatsuta wa momiji
karasaki no matsu
toki wa! toki wa!
iza yukan


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sakura
From: masato sakurai
Date: 11 Aug 04 - 10:52 PM

Few Japanese know the second verse Emily posted. I'll post the song history later. Meanwhile, see these photos (click on the pictures to enlarge).


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sakura
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 11 Aug 04 - 11:39 PM

In the school music books, Sakura appears, with music and two verses in English, one in Japanese, in: Silver Burdett Music Centennial Edition, by Crook, Reimer and Walker, 1985, p. 119. Verses are different from those in ingeb.org (link above).

Sakura

Sakura, Sakura,
Cherry blossoms ev'rywhere.
Clouds of glory fill the sky,
Mist of beauty in the air,
Lovely colors floating by,
Sakura, Sakura,
Let all come singing.

Sakura, Sakura,
Blossoms waving in the breeze.
Yo-shi-no, the cherry land,
Tat-su-ta, the maple trees,
Ka-ra-sa-hi, pine tree grand,
Sakura, Sakura,
Let all come singing.

Sakura, Sakura,
Ya-yo-i no so-ra wa,
Mi-wa-ta-su ka-gi-ri,
Ka-su-mi ka ku-mo-ka,
Ni-o-i zo i-zu-ru;
I-za-ya, i-za-ya
Mi ni yu - kan.

The movements for the Sakura are given on p. 250 of the same volume, with directions for arm and eye movements, and spreading of kimono sleeve. Dashes in the above are to aid syllabication.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sakura
From: masato sakurai
Date: 12 Aug 04 - 07:35 AM

The words of "Sakura" are archaic, which makes it appear a very old song, but the first known printing of "Sakura" (later more commonly titled "Sakura, Sakura") was 1888, in Collection of Japanese Koto Music (written in English), edited by the Tokyo Academy of Music and published by the Ministry [then Department] of Education. Neither composer nor author is known. It is not a folk song in the strict sense of the word. The following GIF images are from that collection (at the National Diet Library).

English title page

No. 2: SAKURA

(Next page)


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Subject: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: greg stephens
Date: 30 May 05 - 06:04 AM

Can anyone(eg Masato?) recommend a good recording of this? A friend needs to learn it.


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: Jos
Date: 30 May 05 - 07:01 AM

Greg

I have a recording somewhere in my attic, on an LP I bought in a charity shop over twenty years ago - I think it was a Cathay Pacific Airline promotional record.

If you don't get any better suggestions, PM me and I'll see if I can dig it out and tape it for you. It should be good enough to learn from.

Jos


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 30 May 05 - 07:18 AM

Greg,

How about these:

Music of Japan (koto emsemble) May be good for beginners.

Lullaby For The Moon : Japanese Music For Koto And Shakuhachi

Encantado por los Clasicos (for guitars)

Rita Streich: Folksongs & Lullabies Not recommended by me.

On the song, see Lyr Req: Sakura.


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: Mooh
Date: 30 May 05 - 07:37 AM

If it's the same tune...

The Mel Bay Book, Mastering the Guitar 1A (which has an accompanying cd), has a tune by that name in A minor. I know these sort of sources might be dumbed down a bit, but they're better than nothing.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: masato sakurai
Date: 30 May 05 - 07:43 AM

Sakura Sakura: A Fantasy for the piano, arranged by Kozaburo Hirai. Click on "MP3 / 1953 KB."

Sakura Sakura (midi). To download, click on "DL(7.85KB)."

Shakuhachi recordings (mp3). Click on the second (1.2MB) file.


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: greg stephens
Date: 30 May 05 - 01:19 PM

Many thanks, Masato and evryone. I will pass this information on.


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 30 May 05 - 04:06 PM

I have a Japanese black enamel music box that plays this tune. I used to collect the boxes when I was a kid. I wonder if it still plays?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: GUEST,LiBi - friend of Greg
Date: 31 May 05 - 05:06 AM

Thank you everyone for your kind assistance. We shall now be able to entertain our Japanese hosts when we visit in Sept. With plenty of time to get it perfect! LiBi.


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: Kaleea
Date: 31 May 05 - 11:29 PM

Lovely tune! I worked it up on my Mountain Dulcimer. A real contest show-stopper. Complete with weird tuning, melody bounces from hi to lo strings, vibrato, hammer ons, pull offs, flat pickin, faynger pickin. Really fun, too.


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: Kaleea
Date: 31 May 05 - 11:33 PM

Whoops! Uh, forgot to say that I rather enjoy the recording I have of Yo Yo Ma playing 'Sakura.'


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Subject: RE: Japanese folksong 'Sakura'
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 01 Jun 05 - 04:08 AM

It's also been used for two sets of classical guitar variations that I know of: Yuquijiro Yocoh's Theme And Variations on the Japanese folk song 'Sakura' (recorded by John Williams, among others) and Takashi Ogawa's Chorale, Variations and Fugue on 'Sakura'

Mick


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Subject: ANother partial verse for Sakura?
From: GUEST,Susan-Marie missing my cookie
Date: 23 Mar 13 - 01:17 PM

I remember singing this in grammar school, but we sang a verse that ended with

Come with me,
Come with me,
For has fled
Winter's gloom

Does anyone recognize it and know the first part?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Sakura
From: GUEST,Chris Corrigan
Date: 23 Mar 13 - 07:32 PM

I made a new version of this for a tsunami benefit


Sakura 
Sakura
Cherry blossoms everywhere
clouds of glory fill the sky
Mist of beauty fills the air
Lovely colours floating by
Sakura 
Sakura
Trees are blossoming soon

Thin white line
thin white line
rolling over a sea of blue
meeting beach and inland plain
water lifting, lives uproot
only jumbled thoughts remain
thin white line 
thin white line
such a humbling line

Miyagi
Miyagi
Birds alight where towns once stood
Rest their feet on silent ground
preen their wings among the flood
call when voices make a sound
silent land 
silent land
life is starting again.


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