Category: Fukagawa in music: songs in Japanese and translation

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Itsushikani ~いつしかに~

There are a lot of kouta which sets at Fukagawa. Most of them sing about Tomioka Hachiman Shrine. Songs like Tatsumi-no-hidariduma and Adanasake-Hachimanmatsuri are in this group. But there are some kouta set at Fukagawa district. I am going to introduce one of them; Itsushikani. The lyrics are written below. いつしかに  Itsushikani Although I did...

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27 words songs (Kuota) Translation

27 words songs (Kuota) Listen while I tell you Mono wa iu uchi ni kike Watch while they go past Hito wa tooru uchi ni miro Sniff while they fart He wa naru uchi ni kage And while women live… Soshite onna wa ikiteru uchi ni Master Yabuhara this past month Yabuhara-sama wa kono hitotsuki...

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Special songs of Fukagawa Geisha: Te-uchi

Te-uchi is a genre heard mainly, if not exclusively within the karyukai. The origin of this musical genre is known as Kyoto Gion.  Te-uchi is performed by geisha on occasions where congratulations to a patron or customer are to be expressed in a grandiose manner. Te-uchi is one of the most rhythmical pieces of Geisha...

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Jikata and their instruments

Jikata are musical geisha who are trained in traditional Japanese music. Jikata learn music from very young ages in order to master their craft. Those geisha are well known for playing kouta or short songs usually those developed in the Edo period that focus on shamisen with a vocal accompaniment. In addition, interestingly Kouta, for...

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深川くずし

Fukagawa song from edo period まるまげ に To the married woman’s hairdo, ゆわれる身をば To life my body 持ちながら While holding 粹な 島田や 本当に そうだわね Shimada and I really do not チョイト 銀杏返し Chouto, ginko returns 取る手も恥かし左褄 Shame taking the left hand デモネ、…… Demone 中づくし 石川五右衛門 斧の中 Ishikawa gate, in the ax お染久松 本当に そうだわね Hisumatsu and I really...

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Kouta

1.むらがらす (The craws) Plot: There is a man who visits the geisha’s tea house. He drinks sake, talks and enjoy the fun with a geisha through the night ‘til the next morning. Then, on the way back home as he walks he thinks he is a crow. むらがらす、濡れて出に朝桜、 A group of craw, in a morning,...

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Special songs of Fukagawa Geisha: Te-uchi

by A Rim You Te-uchi is a genre heard mainly, if not exclusively within the karyukai. The origin of this musical genre is known as Kyoto Gion.  Te-uchi is performed by geisha on occasions where congratulations to a patron or customer are to be expressed in a grandiose manner. Te-uchi is one of the most...

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