Shimabara Lullaby

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Shimabara Lullaby (Japanese: 島原の子守唄 or Shimabara no komoriuta) is a folk song-like lullaby by Kohei Miyazaki of Shimabara, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.

General[edit]

Shimabara Lullaby was written in the early 1950s by Kohei Miyazaki (1917-1980). It is related to the Karayuki-san, the poor Japanese girls sold to work overseas as prostitutes, in Southern China, the Pacific island areas, such as Sandakan on Borneo. [1]

This song became famous when Chiyoko Shimakura recorded it in 1957, followed later the recordings by Peggy Hayama, Hisaya Morishige and others.

Lyrics[edit]

It is usually sung in three stanzas, the first of which starts with:

The original song had five stanzas. This song is a copyrighted material, and, therefore, its lyrics cannot be fully described here.

References[edit]

  1. ^ About Shimabara Lullaby (in Japanese)

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