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Sakura: A Musical Celebration of the Cherry Blossoms

Various Artists
Sakura: A Musical Celebration of the Cherry Blossoms

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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Track Listing

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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