Yujiro Takahashi

Min'yo: Folk Song From Japan

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Min'yo: Folk Song From Japan Review

by Bruno DeschĂȘnes

Min'yo is the Japanese terms for folk songs. The main instruments used to accompany min'yo are the shamisen, the shinobue (a small transverse bamboo flute), and percussion. Japanese folk songs are very diverse. They can be for work (e.g., fishing songs), dance, weddings, rituals, drinking, to bring or stop rain, and more. The lyrics may be personal, local, or about sexual matters -- or may simply be near-nonsense in order to accompany a lively dance. They also represent different regions. Most song titles on this CD are indicative of where the songs come from (e.g., regions such as Tsugara and Nambu). Of the 26 songs on the CD, 17 are from northern Japan. This CD gives a very wide and pertinent overview of Japanese traditional music through its folk songs. Highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Yujiro Takahashi 02:50 Amazon
2 Yujiro Takahashi 02:50 Amazon
3 Yujiro Takahashi 02:35 Amazon
4 Yujiro Takahashi 03:07 Amazon
5 Yujiro Takahashi 03:15 Amazon
6 Yujiro Takahashi 01:24 Amazon
7 Yujiro Takahashi 01:26 Amazon
8 Yujiro Takahashi 02:07 Amazon
9 Yujiro Takahashi 02:43 Amazon
10 Yujiro Takahashi 04:01 Amazon
11 Yujiro Takahashi 01:36 Amazon
12 Yujiro Takahashi 04:38 Amazon
13 Yujiro Takahashi 02:11 Amazon
14 Yujiro Takahashi 03:11 Amazon
15 Yujiro Takahashi 04:24 Amazon
16 Yujiro Takahashi 01:09 Amazon
17 Yujiro Takahashi 01:00 Amazon
18 Yujiro Takahashi 01:12 Amazon
19 Yujiro Takahashi 01:06
20 Yujiro Takahashi 02:15
21 Yujiro Takahashi 03:08 Amazon
22 Yujiro Takahashi 02:19 Amazon
23 Yujiro Takahashi 03:14 Amazon
24 Yujiro Takahashi 09:40
25 Yujiro Takahashi 03:51
26 Yujiro Takahashi 02:06 Amazon
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