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Sakura さくら




さくら
Cherry Blossoms
Author Unknown
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VERSE ONE
さくら さくら
sakura sakura
Cherry blossoms; cherry blossoms

弥生の空は 見渡すかぎり
yayoi no sora wa miwatasu kagiri
The spring sky--as far as you can see

霞か雲か 匂いぞ出ずる
kasumi ka kumo ka nioi zo izuru
Is it a mist? Is it a cloud? The fragrence comes out!

いざや いざや 見にゆかん
iza ya iza ya mi ni yukan
Come now, let's go see.

 

The above verse was the original lyrics, but in Showa 16 (1941), the Ministry of Education revised the lyrics to:

 

さくら さくら
sakura sakura
Cherry blossoms; cherry blossoms

野山も里も 見わたす限り
no yama mo sato mo miwatasu kagiri
The hills and fields and countryside also as far as you can see

かすみか雲か 朝日ににおう
kasumika kumo ka asahi ni niou
Is it a mist? Is it a cloud? Fragrant in the morning sunlight

さくら さくら 花ざかり
sakura sakura hana zakari
Cherry blossoms; cherry blossoms - flowers in full bloom

 


 

VOCAB:

 

VERSE ONE:
さくら sakura
- cherry blossoms; Japanese cherry tree
弥生 yayoi - third month; March; spring
sora - sky
見渡す miwatasu - look out over...; take in the view
かぎり kagiri - limits; bound

霞か kasumi ka - is it a mist?
雲か kumo ka - is it a cloud?
匂いぞ nioizo - the smell! (the ぞ stresses)
出ずる izuru - comes out (old way to say 出る deru)

いざや iza ya - come now; well now (like さあ)
見にゆかん mi ni yukan - let's go and see (ゆかん=いこう)

 

 

 

 

VERSE TWO:
さくら sakura
- cherry blossoms; Japanese cherry tree
no - field
yama - mountains
野山 noyama - hills and fields
mo - also
sato - village; countryside
見わたす mi watasu - look out over; take in the view
限り kagiri - limits; bound

かすみ kasumi - mist; haze
ka - (shows uncertainty)
kumo - cloud
朝日 asahi - morning sun; morning sunlight
におう niou - be fragrant

花ざかり hana zakari - flowers at their best

Wikipedia has this translation:

桜 桜
野山も里も
見渡す限り
霞か雲か
朝日に匂ふ
桜 桜
花ざかり
桜 桜
弥生の空は
見渡す限り
霞か雲か
匂ひぞ 出づる
いざや いざや
見に行かん
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
On Meadow-hills and dale,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Flowers in full bloom.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the Spring sky,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come,
Let’s look, at last!

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celticflower's picture

I like this so much :) Easy

I like this so much :) Easy to sing along with for a beginner too, if you can call what I do singing! Thank you!

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Can't wait to learn how to sing this

My 1 year old niece's name is Sakura, I've been wanting to learn the words so I could sing it to her :D

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Wii

I played this on the Wii Music haha, Its great to have the words now :3

RayMasaki's picture

Subarashii

Love it what i like about old songs like this & Enka
they are sung slowly & each word is pronounced
each sylable

Isolde Michi's picture

I've always loved this song,

I've always loved this song, since I began playing the Clarinet (this was in the beginner's book). And even though I don't really play anymore, this song is still fun to hum and occasionally play. =3
Thanks a lot~
Your voice is always very lovely and refined~ X3

~Crazy; Seltsam; こわいい~

hana-yume's picture

I'm totally going to learn to

I'm totally going to learn to sing this. It's very pretty. :)

sakura

just i love it

hello

hilary-san's picture

Sakura

It's a nice song it relaxes me

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