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10,000 Feet Up in the Alps (Hand Clapping Song) MP3 Midi  
A Rolling Acorn   MP3 Midi
Autumn Colors (Traditional Song)  Midi  
Bamboo Leaves are Rustling (Star Festival Song)  Midi  
Carp Windsocks (Boys' Festival Song) MP3 Midi  
Cherry Blossoms (Folk Song)  MP3
Early Spring (Soshunhu) (Traditional Song) Midi  
Hakone Mountains (Traditional Song)  MP3 Midi  
Happy Dolls Festival (Hina Matsuri Song)  MP3 Midi
Kagome, Kagome (Circle Game) MP3 Midi  
Little Elephant   MP3 Midi
Lullaby of Takeda (Lullaby) MP3
Making Mochi on the Moon (Handclapping Game) Midi  
Moon   MP3
Moonlight on the Ruined Castle (Traditional Song)  MP3
Mt. Fuji (Traditional Song) MP3  
My Home Town (Furusato) (Traditional Song)  
O Come All Ye Faithful (A Carol) MP3
Old Pond (Haiku) MP3  
Qui Kwai Mani Mani (Scout Song)  
Rabbit   MP3 Midi
Rainy Day   MP3 Midi
Sakura Sakura   MP3 Midi
Sakura Sakura 2   MP3 Midi
Smash, Smash as Always (Nursery Rhyme Song)  
Snow   MP3 Midi
Soap Bubbles Midi  
Song of the Cradle (Lullaby) MP3  
Spring Has Come (Traditional Song)  MP3
Telephone Song   MP3 Midi
The Glow of Fireflies (Graduation & Closing Song) MP3
Where Are You From? (Temari Ball Game Song)  MP3 Midi  
Wild Rose (Traditional Song) Midi  

Okinawa Dialect


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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of Japan:
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    Matsuo Bash? (1644 - 1694) was the master of Haiku! Here you can listen to some of his haiku about the moon in Japanese and English. You can read along with the Japanese text, the pronunciation, the English translations and commentary…. MP3 of Basho’s Haiku about the Moon ??'??'???'???????? kumo ori ori / hito o […] Read more »
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    Ayako wrote from Japan about the Setsubun Festival…   Feb 3rd is Setsubun  ??.  Setsubun literally means "division of seasons" and now it means the day before the first day of spring.   There are many Setsubun events held in different temples and shrines in Japan.   This year I went to a Setsubun festival […] Read more »
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    People in Japan ring temple bells for the New Year and they watch the sunrise.  Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about these traditions: On New Year’s Eve, many Japanese people go to their local temple and wait for their turn to ring the big bell (one time per person). It is called ????, Joyanokane, "The […] Read more »
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    I’ve been writing a lot about traditional Japanese dishes for the New Year.  Here’s another installment! My friend Ayako wrote from Japan about the food she made for New Year’s Day: Lisa, Happy New Year ! This year I didn't have a lot of time, so I made just two dishes of New Year foods. […] Read more »
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    Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about New Year’s food (????-??) that’s eaten in Japan. "On New Year's Eve, we ate year-crossing noodles when my sons were young. This year on Jan 1st to 3rd, we are going to have ‘zoni’ and ‘sechi’ or ‘O-sechi’." Zoni is a soup with either a fish based broth or […] Read more »
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    There’s an old Japanese tradition,  from over 200 years ago, to eat soba noodles on New Year’s Eve.  About half of the population of Japan still follow this custom. The dish they eat is called Toshikoshi Soba or Year-Crossing Noodles. Sadao from Japan wrote to me about it: "On New Year's Eve, we would eat […] Read more »
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    Ayako wrote to me about two popular Christmas songs from the Philippines that she learnt recently. Here’s her letter: Hi, Lisa I learned these Christmas songs from my English teacher.  She is from the Philippines. She told me that about 80% of Filipinos are Catholic and go to church about for 2 weeks ahead of […] Read more »
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    Sadao Mazuka wrote to us from Japan about Japanese idiomatic expressions about cats.  Here’s his email: Hi Lisa, I was very much interested in your blog post, "Animal Names used as Terms of Endearment" that was written by Monique. I don't think we have any phrases about a child or spouse with a connection like […] Read more »
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    Sadao Makuza wrote to us about Halloween in Japan... Halloween here is mainly a sales strategy in department stores and supermarkets. Children only go trick-or-treating if it’s arranged in school or with family and friends. Halloween first appeared in Japan in the 1970’s by the Kiddy Land Company store in Tokyo to promote Halloween goods. […] Read more »
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    Saffron has a wonderful aroma.  Adding it to your rice can make it taste extra special! The simplest way for westerners to make basic saffron rice is to soak 1/2 t. of saffron in 3T. of boiling water for 10 minutes.  Then add the mixture to your regular rice recipe when adding the water.   Ayako […] Read more »

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