“Sakura, Sakura” another Japanese Cherry Blossom Song

In my previous entry, I talked about the importance of Hanami, Cherry Blossom Viewing, in the Springtime, in Japan.

Photo of Mountains with Cherry Blossoms

The cherry blossoms, called sakura in Japanese, bloom at a time when there are lots of new beginnings. Of course it’s the start of new life in the land. But in Japan, it’s also the start of the new school year, it’s when college graduates start new jobs and it’s also the start of the new fiscal year for Japanese businesses.

In honor of the Hanami, in my previous entry I posted a folk song called Hana (Sakura) or Cherry Blossoms. Here’s another traditional Japanese song that’s called Sakura Sakura

Midi of Sakura Sakura

MP3 of Sakura Sakura Played on the Piano

Hear Sakura Sakura Sung

Sakura Sakura
(Japanese Transliteration)

Sakura sakura
Noyama mo sato mo
Miwatasu kagiri
Kasumi ka kumo ka
Asahi ni niou
Sakura sakura
Hana zakari

Sakura sakura
Yayoi no sora wa
Miwatasu kagiri
Kasumi ka kumo ka
Nioi zo izuru
Izaya izaya
Mini yu kan

Cherry Blossoms, Cherry Blossoms
(English Translation)

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Blanketing the countryside,
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!

桜 桜
(Japanese Text)

Sakura Sakura Japanese Text

If anyone can provide a better copy of the Japanese text for this song, please email me. I also welcome recordings and midis.



Many thanks to Monique Palomares for creating the midi and for locating the Japanese text and to Susan Pomerantz for the piano recording of Sakura Sakura. Many thanks to HAMADA Miwa and team at the University of Toyama for allowing me to use the Sakura Sakura recording and midi from their wonderful site of Japanese Songs.

Sheet Music for Sakura Sakura

Come visit the Mama Lisa’s World Japan Page for more Songs from Japan!

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31 Responses to ““Sakura, Sakura” another Japanese Cherry Blossom Song”

  1. Rizvi (Mr.) Says:

    Dear Lisa

    I like your efforts much, Sakura song is excellent… a good job. Let’s continue good work.

  2. yuko pearlman Says:

    dear lisa,
    i love you web page. we are doing my child homework of japan. could you tell me how we can fine the author of song like sakura sakura and koujou no tuski, and medakano gattsukou

  3. nina williams Says:

    this is a nice web-page. we found it doing homeowrk for the international school of aberdeen. thank you.

  4. Tia T Says:

    Thank you for this website! I’ve been looking for lyrics and audio samples of this song for a long time. A teacher from grade school taught my 4th grade class this song as well as movements, and we performed this a couple times for various school events. This was our first education about any Japanese song/culture. I’m glad I found your site so now I can share it at our next class reunion!

  5. Lisa Says:

    I didn’t know there were movements associated with this song. I wonder if they’re known in Japan too.

    Do you remember any of them, or does anyone else know of any specific movements associated with this song?

  6. rose madriles Says:

    I saw that Yuko Pearlman had responded to your website….she is a long lost friend of mine…we taught pre-school in rhode island together and I would love nothing more than to get back in touch with her! I had googled her name and this page popped up as the first hit. If you have any contact with her, or information, please let her know that Rosemary Madriles (aka Miss Rose) would love her email address!


  7. Tomas Says:

    I remember this song from 3rd grade music class. However, the version here is slightly different. I found the one I remember @ http://www.useless-knowledge.com/1234/06mar/article210.html. At that site there is also a link to another midi version of the song. Although it was 23 years ago I specifically remeber the line “Tatsuta for Maple trees” which is in the version I am providing a link to. Maybe someone else remebers this version?

  8. Lisa Says:

    Diane Lerian made this comment:

    I heard a violin rendition of sakura performed by Andrea Rieu, christmas concert. I’ve since been looking for the version he played & found sakura,sakura on your blog,however, it is beautiful but not the same melody I initially tried to find. If anyone knows of another version, it would be greatly appreciated if you could forward. It is intended for the Sazuki Violin Music Developement group I am associated with. Thank you most respectfully!

  9. Lisa Says:

    Did you see the sheet music for Sakura Sakura at http://www.mamalisa.com/world/sakuscor.html

  10. sarai Says:

    Hello, i was searching the lirycs of this song, thanks for posted it… but… well, but my problem is that i have a song, with the vienna choir boys, they sing that song with a little arrange, because they sing in first time the last verse… (i really do not how call taht thing sorry -.-U) …

    well in the song that i have i think only say this:

    Sakura sakura
    Yayoi no sora wa
    Miwatasu kagiri
    Kasumi ka kumo ka
    Nioi zo izuru
    Izaya izaya
    Mini yu kan

    then i really don´t know… so, can you say me… please TwT, well sorry for my bad … awful english and… thanks for readme,,, ehm
    see you later,

    bye bye n.nU

  11. Dana Sheppard Says:

    The sheet music that is posted on this website is from a book called
    “101 Favorite Songs Taught in Japanese Schools”,
    ISBN4-7890-0129-5, published 1983. I happen to have it checked out from my library because I am trying to learn some traditional Japanese songs. The book has a lot of good information about the songs. The “Cherry Blossoms” that people might be looking for that has a different melody than “Sakura, Sakura” might be Rentaro Taki’s “Cherry Blossoms” (the Japanses title is “Hana”). Both are songs that are sung in spring and talk about cherry blossoms, although “Sakura, Sakura” is more familiar to Western ears, and is a old air of Japan. “Cherry Blossoms”
    (“Hana”) was composed in 1923.

  12. Angel Says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Thank you so much for your website.
    I look for traditional sakura song in MP3 format for so long to put it in my baby video.
    I’m glad that finally I found it here!
    I’m so happy! My baby video will be very perfect with this song.

  13. Bohappa Says:

    My favorite traditional song is Hana. Check out this version I found on youtube:

  14. Mihai Says:

    dear lisa, im from romania and i first listen to your song from an cartoon named Eureka Seven and i really loved it and i want to congratulate u for doing a great job :D

  15. Vanessa Says:

    I learned “Sakura, Sakura” in 5th grade, as a school concert for various cultures, where we sung a variety of folk songs. The English version that we learned is something completely different than what you have, but what a BLESSING to find this site! A friend of mine is considering naming her daughter Sakura, and I was glad to have some info to share with her about the name :D Thank you, again, for all the links :D

  16. kayla Says:

    omg! we are doing a song in are class!!

  17. Janet Says:


    I can also remeber singing a different version, which went something like Sakura, Sakura, cherry blossoms pink and white ……If anyone knows this version and could post it, I would really appreciate it.

  18. hollie denise Says:

    hey i love this song it is so lovely i now want to go 2 Japan now more than ever i read the way everyone does there i hope you have fun the song:
    Sakura sakura
    Noyama mo sato mo
    Miwatasu kagiri
    Kasumi ka kumo ka
    Asahi ni niou
    Sakura sakura
    Hana zakari

    Sakura sakura
    Yayoi no sora wa
    Miwatasu kagiri
    Kasumi ka kumo ka
    Nioi zo izuru
    Izaya izaya
    Mini yu kan i love it love always hollie in USA

  19. hollie denise Says:

    i want 2 spake japan soooo much i can imagining I’M there eating the food i will never be sad if i go 2 japan i will glad 2 be there anyway.i want to be away from here now

  20. Pam Says:

    Came across this website while researching a song for my Elementary Music Ed class in college. I have to do a presentation of it as a teaching aide. The version that is in our textbook is called Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) and is as follows:

    Sakura, Sakura,
    Cherry blossoms wave in the trees,
    Lovely blossoms dance in the breeze.
    Pink and white the blossoms will fall.
    Petals sending scent to all.
    Sakura, Sakura,
    Smelling sweet, Sakura.

    The Japanese translation that is in my book for this verse is:
    Sakura, Sakura,
    Yayoi no sorawa
    Miwatasu kagiri
    Kasumi ka kumoka
    Nioi zo izuru
    Izaya, Izaya,
    Mi ni yukaun.

  21. zakri Says:

    Where can I get the songs with voice? especially the original songs. I love this song :)

  22. Lisa Says:

    I added an mp3 in the post above for this song to hear it sung.

    You can hear more Japanese songs on the Mama Lisa’s World Japan pages (click the link).

    Also check out Japanese Songs – to hear more – they have the Japanese lyrics (but I dont think they have English translations).


    Mama Lisa

  23. jasmine Says:

    please send me sakura sakura.. i really need it for our report about japanese music.. if i can at least have my classmates listen to it thru our presentation they they would be able to understand japanese music better

  24. kaz Says:

    I learnt this song 20 years ago for choir at Primary School. The English translation was this which is sung to the same melody.

    Blossoms Fair, Blossoms rare,
    Moving lightly in the air,
    Tis not cloud or mist one sees,
    Countless lovely cherry trees,
    Waft their fragrange in the breeze
    Come oh come, come oh come,
    Come see cherries bloom

  25. kaz Says:

    Actually….make that 40 years ago LOL!!!

  26. Nyaa Says:

    Anyone know the composer of this song

  27. Japanese Translation Says:

    I really enjoyed this post. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commentators here! Keep writing. Thanks…

  28. nanami Says:

    thank you for this web. cauz i can make my homework well!

  29. andi Says:

    thank god i found this sight ……
    this our practical test in music 1 !!!!

  30. Band HW Says:

    Thank you for this cool website. I had to find information about Sakura for band homework. Thanks again!

  31. lakshmi Says:

    i have joined as a japanese teacher in downsouth of India so this helped me to find new songs with tune.

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