Sakura: A Musical Celebration of the Cherry Blossoms

Sakura: A Musical Celebration of the Cherry Blossoms

Various Artists SFW40509

The harmony between humanity and nature constitutes an ideal state in Japanese music. In spring, the beautiful but short-lived sakura (flowering cherry tree)—Japan's most celebrated plant whose blossom is the national flower—powerfully symbolizes the transient splendor of human life. Each year, in Washington, D.C., thousands of visitors savor the beauty of the cherry blossoms which have come to represent the friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Featuring traditional Japanese folk songs, classical instrumentals, and live ensemble performances, this recording honors the musical gifts that were brought to the United States from Japan.

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Year Released 2003
Record Label Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Copyright 2003 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Genre(s) World
Country(s) Japan

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101 Sakura Kyoko Okamoto 3:11
102 Yaasugi Bushi (Song of Yasugi) n/a 5:03
103 Asadoya Yunta of Okinawa n/a 2:00
104 Hachigaeshi (Returning the Bowl) Riley Kelly Lee 5:46
105 Akita Nitaka Bushi Sanae Yabumuki, Umewaka Asano 4:59
106 The Song of Rice-Husking n/a 3:56
107 Song of the Stonemason n/a 2:49
108 Soran Bushi n/a 2:48
109 Rokudan No Shirabe (Music of Six Steps) Shinichi Yuize 5:39
110 Yuudachi (Evening Rainstorm) Soh Daiko 11:12
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