A Japanese Children’s Song – 童謡 (さくら、さくら)”SAKURA, SAKURA”

Some parts of Japan, Cheery blossom has bloomed already. Today, I will introduce one of the children’s songs I used to enjoy very much at this time of the year.

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「さくら、さくら」is a Japanese traditional song. It was made at Edo era for the purpose of koto [こと], a Japanese plucked half-tube zither instrument, practice for children in Edo (currently Tokyo). Its composer was not yet known.


The lyrics

There are two lyrics . The first one is on the youtube video. Apparently the second lyrics was modified at the year 16th in Showa era. As we all know languages keep on changing. Time to time its revision may be necessary.

Now let’s hear the song

さくら、さくら (Haru yo koi)

I have translated it’s lyrics below. In classic literature, the meaning of words are very much difficult to understand. I have checked some meaning of words. For example, [yayoi no sora], Sara (sky), in this case, looks like representing {the distance, the view, the scenery. In the second lyric the word {asahi} was used, usually [asashi] is sunrise but according to the source I have read, it implies [japan] and [niou] implies [shine/beautiful]. Some might translate differently.

さくら さくら
いざや いざや
Sakura, Sakura,
the scenery in March
as far as eyes can see
dawn, clouds of sakura
the smell of Cherry blossoms comes out
Let’s go, Let;s go
let’s go for viewing
さくら さくら
さくら さくら
Sakura, sakura,
on the fields,the mountains and the villages
as far as eyes can see
dawn, clouds of Sakura
beautifully shines in Japan
Sakura, sakura
in full bloom

Now let’s sing together!!!

  1. Sakura, sakura, yayoi no sora wa, miwatasu kagiri, kasumi ka kumo ka, niyoizo izuru, iza ya iza ya, mini yukan (on youtube video)
  2. Sakura, sakura, noyama mo sato mo,miwatasu kagiri, kasumi ka kumo ka, asahi ni niou, sakura, sakura, hana zakari.

Hope you will enjoy this song and be able to learn some Japanese words! Please let me know if you enjoyed it or not!

An extra bit for anime lovers.


When I listened to this song at first time,  my eyes were unknowingly filled with tears.  He sings so beautifully and its lyric matches with the animation from 5 centimetres per second.


About mkchatinjapanese

I am a native Japanese who teaches Japanese to non-Japanese speaker as a private tutor. Teach from a beginner to Intermediate level. location in London.
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7 Responses to A Japanese Children’s Song – 童謡 (さくら、さくら)”SAKURA, SAKURA”

  1. David says:

    The video “for anime lovers” reminds me of the JR Christmas Express commercials from the 1980s ☺️

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  2. David says:

    Did that link work?


  3. Hi, David. Thank you for sending me! I know 1988 one but I came to UK 1989, so the rest CM are all new to me. However “the song, Marry X’mas” by Tatsuro Yamashi is my favorite. I love his song!! I always listen while I am jogging.


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