(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))
(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)
(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)
(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 Song of the Frog)
(The Village Blacksmith)
(Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
(Under The Big Chestnut Tree)
(Where Are You From?)
(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.
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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.
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