10 Popular Japanese Sakura Songs

sakura songs

Hi there, it’s Mr. Wada back on duty. Do you know what Sakura is? Well, it is cherry blossom, also a popular girls’ name and songs! I am going to introduce 10 popular Japanese Sakura songs this time.

Actually many graduation songs involve Sakura in the lyrics as well. I shall exclude ones that I already introduced in the previous posts.

Seasonal songs

Spring
10 Popular Japanese Sakura Songs
Top Japanese Spring Songs
New Japanese Graduation Songs
11 Classic Japanese Graduation Songs
Top Japanese Rain Songs

Summer
Popular Japanese Summer Songs

Winter
Top 5 Popular Japanese Christmas Songs
Top 5 Popular Japanese Christmas Songs part 2

 

 

10 Popular Japanese Sakura Songs

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Sakura Sakura

Released year: unknown

This is likely the oldest sakura song of all time. I suppose you may be more familiar with this version by the Koto instrument played in Japanese restaurants.

 

 

With vocal.

 

Yozakura Oshichi by Fuyumi Sakamoto

Released year: 1994

This is an Enka song but I find it neat that it stars with a slow tempo then a change of rhythm. It’s totally rock!

 

Cherry by Spitz

Released year: 1996

A semi-folk band from the 90s. I think we sang it at the graduation in Jr. high.

 

Sakura-zaka by Masaharu Fukuyama

Release: 2000

One of the biggest hits all time. Not so catchy or pop but perhaps people liked its calm sound…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbMQwBTeEpI&gl=US

 

SAKURA Drops by Hikaru Utada

Released year: 2002

A super popular singer from the late 90s. This is her rather early songs and also one of her biggest hits. It doesn’t seem to relate to Sakura much but still is considered a Sakura song.

 

Sakura by Kawanishi Kyogo

Released year: 2003

A very typical one-hit wonder from the early 2000’s. It spread through the radio chart.

 

Sakura Iro Maukoro by Mika Nakashima

Released year: 2005

Sounds classy. I suppose this kind of songs are preferred for the textbooks.

 

Sakura by Ketsumeishi

Released year: 2005

A sakura song by a (pop) HIP-HOP group from the early 2000’s. This song turned out their biggest hit. It isn’t as classy as other sakura songs but very catchy.

 

 

CHE.R.RY by YUI

Released year: 2007

One of YUI’s hit songs. It’s very catchy & pop.

 

 

SAKURA by Ikimonogakari

Released year: 2007

This song is Ikimonogakari’s debut song. As they got known, this song turned out one of their popular songs.

 

 

Lastly

How do you find it? I now feel seasons are very much attached to J-POP. Spring (sakura, graduation), summer (fireworks), and winter (Christmas). Not sure of autumn songs though.

See you around!

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New Japanese Graduation Songs

New Japanese Graduation Songs

Hi there. It’s Mr. Wada back on duty. In the previous post I introduced the classic Japanese graduation songs. However that’s just not it. There are new Japanese graduation songs as well.  I don’t recall much of new ones from the 90s but the 2000s. Here are some of examples that come to my mind.

Seasonal songs

Spring
10 Popular Japanese Sakura Songs
Top Japanese Spring Songs
New Japanese Graduation Songs
11 Classic Japanese Graduation Songs
Top Japanese Rain Songs

Summer
Popular Japanese Summer Songs

Winter
Top 5 Popular Japanese Christmas Songs
Top 5 Popular Japanese Christmas Songs part 2

New Japanese Graduation Songs

In Japan, getting on a music class textbook is sorta status for musicians. It of course spreads their names and songs but more importantly they would be a part of memories for students. Some songs here are already on the textbooks.

Sakura by Naotaro Moriyama

Original title: さくら(独唱)
Release: 2002

I think this song got to the textbook quite fast. Well, it does sound very classy, doesn’t it? I could easily picture students singing along at the ceremony.

 

March 9th by Remioromen

Original title: 3月9日
Release: 2004

Not the kind for the textbook but its melody and lyrics hooked teens. I still hear this song at stores at this time of the year.

 

Sakura by Kobukuro

Original title: 桜
Release: 2005

This song was like made for it. They even released this CD with a music score for chorus. Clever, I’d say. Turns out, it became one of semi-classic.

 

Tegami (Haikei Jūgo no Kimi e) (Letter ~Greetings to a 15 Year Old~) by Angela Aki

Original title: 手紙 ~拝啓 十五の君へ~
Release: 2009

This song was made for a student chorus contest.  Since then it would be picked by many schools the graduation ceremony as well. Its lyrics is a message for 15-year-old self who would be afraid of his/her future. Kinda touchy actually.

 

YELL by Ikimono Gakari

Original title: YELL
Release: 2009

This song wasn’t a huge hit but it’s still sang at ceremonies this year, very Kayokyoku-ish.

Lastly

How do you find it? Time’s changing and so is Graduation, but  feel the core thing hasn’t changed a bit. These are all for looking back great memories.

See you around!

You may also be interested in these.
10 Popular Japanese Sakura Songs
11 Classic Japanese Graduation Songs
5 Familiar Theme Songs and Jingles in Japan
Top 5 Popular Japanese Christmas Songs