(10,000 Feet Up in the Alps)
Hand Clapping Song
(10,000 Feet Up in the Alps (Long Version))
(A Rolling Acorn)
(A School of Killifish)
(Bamboo Leaves are Rustling)
Star Festival Song
(Bottomless Pan, Pan)
Boys' Festival Song
(Chugoku Region Lullaby)
(Close Hands, Open Hands)
(Early Spring (Soshunhu))
(Figs & Carrots(One-igs, Two-arrots))
(Happy Dolls Festival)
Hina Matsuri Song
Children's Day Song
(Lullaby in Edo)
(Lullaby of Takeda)
(Making Mochi on the Moon)
(Moonlight on the Ruined Castle)
(My Home Town (Furusato))
(O Come All Ye Faithful)
(Open Up, Open Up )
(Pass Through, Pass Through (Tooryanse))
(Qui Kwai Mani Mani)
(Raccoon Drumming at Shojoji Temple)
(Raccoon Drumming at Shojoji Temple (Original Version))
(Rock, Scissors, Paper)
(Sakura Sakura 2)
(Seven Herbs, Shepherd's Purse)
New Year's Song
(Shall We Go to the Forest)
(Smash, Smash as Always)
(Song of Kites)
(Song of the Cradle)
(Spring Has Come)
(Sunny, Sunny Monk Boy)
(The Glow of Fireflies)
(The Hare and The Tortoise)
(The Peach Boy's Song(Momotaro's Song))
(The Song of the Frog)
(The Sound of Insects)
(The Village Blacksmith)
(Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
(Under The Big Chestnut Tree)
(Where Are You From?)
Ball Bouncing Rhyme
(Wind, Wind the String)
(Flowers of the Garden Balsam(Tinsagunu Hana))
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Japan and more.
Ayako Egawa wrote to us about her visit to the Ginkaku-ji Temple… "I went to Kyoto and visited the Ginkaku-ji Temple. Ginkaku-ji Temple translates as the "Temple of the Silver Pavilion". It’s a world cultural heritage site here in Japan. The Japanese Shogun Ashikaga [...]
The Portuguese first made contact with Japan in 1543. This started the Nanban Trade Period which extended several decades. During this time, the Portuguese introduced tempura and refined sugar to Japan. Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about some of these culinary influences… Konpeito (?'- = [...]
The Cherry Blossoms are in bloom in parts of Japan. People visit parks and have cherry blossom (sakura) viewing picnics. Sadao Mazuka wrote, "On the TV news, they said that the first sakura started blooming yesterday in Tokyo. But it’s not so warm here now, so we suppose the [...]
Sadao Mazuka wrote to us from Japan about the different genres of Japanese children’s music… There are three genres of children's songs nowadays: 1. Warabe uta – Old Japanese children's songs (similar to nursery rhymes). Musicians eventually gave them tunes. 2. Shoka [...]
Sadao Mazuka recently wrote from Japan about "General Winter," a character you can see on the news on weather maps in Japan… "It’s so cold here. Just now we don't have heavy snow here in Tokyo though. ‘General Winter’ or ‘General Frost’ is [...]
(In English and Japanese )
Jisho is a powerful online Japanese-English dictionary. You can enter the English, Romaji, or Japanese words or text to get the English or Japanese equivalent. Really great tool!
A free Japanese to Romaji transliteration tool. You can translate Japanese text (Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana) into Romaji or Hiragana.
Site about a book about the memoirs of a young girl growing up in Japan during the Depression and World War II.
Read a little history about Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, and see some arrangements done by Ayako Egawa.
(In English and Japanese)
On this site you'll find the Japanese lyrics to many Japanese children's songs and folk songs. You'll find transliterations of the songs, recordings, midis and sheet music. It's a great find for anyone interested in Japanese music!
A small school in Tokyo, Japan that specializes in children's ESL. They create cd's of simple English songs for young children and for children learning English as a second language. You can visit their site with your children or students to watch their fun online videos and for activities that go along with the songs.
A small school in Tokyo, Japan that specializes in teaching children's English as a second language.
Learn Japanese with Daily Podcasts – Parts of it are free and parts of it are subscription based.
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