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A Musical Celebration of the Cherry Blossoms
Approx. 47 min.

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 peoples of the U.S. and Japan. Featuring traditional Japanese folk songs, classical instruments and live ensemble performances, this recording honors the musical gifts that were brought to the U.S. from Japan. Liner notes give background information and translations of songs.


  • Sakura (features the koto)
  • Yasugi Bushi (Song of Yasugi)
  • Asadoya Yunta of Okinawa
  • Hachigaeshi (Returning the Bowl; features the shakuhachi flute)
  • Akita Nitaka Bushi (Akita Nitaka Song; features the shamisen)
  • The Song of Rice-Husking
  • Songs of the Stonemason
  • Soran Bushi (Soran Song)
  • Rukudan No Shirabe (Music of 6 Steps; features the koto)
  • Yuudachi (Evening Rainstorm; features the taiko ensemble)


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