Sakura Sakura

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Sakura Sakura
Composer Traditional
Released 1603-1868

Sakura Sakura (Kanji: 桜桜 or 櫻櫻, Hiragana: さくらさくら, translation: "cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms") is a traditional Japanese folk tune. It was composed during the Edo period (1603-1868) as a song to help children learn to play the koto. The lyrics were attached during the Meiji period (1868-1912). It is often sung in international settings as a song representative of Japan.

Games

Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)

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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! (NES)
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Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!! - NES - Piston Honda.png
Arranger Yukio Kaneoka, Akito Nakatsuka, Kenji Yamamoto
Programmer Akito Nakatsuka
Released 1987-11-21
Length 0:06
Format NSF

The melody of Sakura Sakura is played as the introductory music for Piston Honda. This is kind of humorous, since a boxer is being introduced with a nursery rhyme. It would be like Mike Tyson being introduced with Ring Around the Rosie. The PlayChoice-10 version is identical to the NES version.

Gourmet: The Ultimate Three-Game Menu (FC)

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Gourmet: The Ultimate Three-Game Menu (FC)
Arranger Osamu Kasai, Masaaki Harada
Programmer Akito Nakatsuka
Released 1989-07-25
Format NSF


Sheet Music

Lyrics

Kanji

桜 桜
野山も里も
見渡す限り
霞か雲か
朝日に匂う
桜 桜
花ざかり

桜 桜
弥生の空は
見渡す限り
霞か雲か
匂いぞ 出づる
いざや いざや
見に行かん

Hiragana

さくら さくら
のやま も さと も
みわたす かぎり
かすみ か くも か
あさひ に におう
さくら さくら
はな ざかり

さくら さくら
やよい の そら は
みわたす かぎり
かすみ か くも か
におい ぞ いずる
いざや いざや
みに ゆかん

Romaji

sakura sakura
noyama mo sato mo
mi-watasu kagiri
kasumi ka kumo ka
asahi ni niou
sakura sakura
hanazakari

sakura sakura
yayoi no sorawa
mi-watasu kagiri
kasumi ka kumo ka
nioi zo izuru
izaya izaya
mini yukan

English

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
On Meadow-hills and mountains
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the morning sun.
Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Flowers in full bloom.

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the Spring sky,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come,
Let's look, at last! 

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