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 mi