Sakura songs

There are many songs about Sakura in Japan. The best time of Sakura blossoms is very short and they fall in no time. Many Sakura songs are about its ephemeral beauty.

And the season of Sakura blossoms is also the season of graduation and the start of new life. Therefore, there are some songs in which Sakura blossoms and, expectation and anxiety for new lives are overlapped.


I would like to introduce you to some Sakura songs.

  • Sakura-zaka[桜坂](2000) by Masaharu Fukuyama[福山雅治(ふくやままさはる)]: Sakura songs were in fashion in early 2000s after this song was release. This is his biggest hit tune.

    Sakura-zaka(Sakura Slope) is a slope located in Ōta City, Tokyo and that is a famous spot of Sakura blossoms.

  • Sakura[さくら](2003) by Naotarō Moriyama[森山直太朗(もりやまなおたろう)]: This tune is a Moriyama's representative tune and it is one of the most popular Sakura songs. It is a very lyrical and beautiful tune.

    It is adopted in school music textbooks and is also popular as a choral music at the graduation ceremony.

  • Sakura[桜](2005) by Kobukuro[コブクロ]: Kobukuro is a vocal and guitar duo. This is a tune which led them to form Kobukuro. It became a hit as a theme song of a TV drama.

  • Sakura[さくら](2005) by Ketsumeishi[ケツメイシ]: Ketsumeishi is one of the most Japanese hip-hop groups. It is a rare hip-hop Sakura song and it is speedy different from other Sakura songs.

  • Sakura[桜](1998) by Makoto Kawamoto[川本真琴(かわもとまこと)]: This tune is a work before the fad of Sakura songs. Many Sakura songs are ballads and gentle musics like an image of Sakura. But this tune is rockish. Kawamoto sings it while playing the piano powerfully.

  • Yozakura Oshichi[夜桜お七](1994) by Fuyumi Sakamoto[坂本冬美(さかもとふゆみ)]: Sakamoto is a Enka[演歌(えんか)](Japanese traditional popular music) singer. This tune is unique and rockish as Enka. It is one of her representative songs.

  • Sakura Sakura[さくらさくら]: Sakura Sakura is one of representative Japanese folk songs. This was originally composed for Sō / Koto[筝(そう / こと)](Japanese harp) in the Edo Period(1603-1868) and after that, the lyrics were written. Even now, it is often played on the Sō.

    A Japanese composer, Michio Miyagi[宮城道雄(みやぎみちお)](1894-1956) arranged this tune and composed "Sakura Variations[さくら変奏曲(へんそうきょく)]".

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