Itsukimura Village

Itsukimura Village
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Itsuki Lullaby (Itsuki-no komoriuta) is a lullaby known widely in Japan, and is a folk song representative of Kumamoto, Japan.

The Itsuki Lullaby is a lullaby known to many people in Japan. It is a folk song from Itsukimura Village, Kuma District, Kumamoto Prefecture, on Kyushu Island, Japan.

The most common version

1. Odoma bon-giri bon-giri/Bon kara sakya oran-do/Bon ga hayo kurya/Hayo modoru.

2. Odoma kanjin-kanjin/Anhito-tacha yoka-shu/Yoka-hu yoka obi/Yoka kimon'

1. I will be here until Bon Festival/After Bon Festival, I will not be here/If Bon Festival comes earlier/I would return home earlier.

2. I am from the poor families/They are from the rich families/The rich people wear good belts/Wear good clothes

The original version

1. Odoma iya iya/Naku ko no mori nya/Naku to iwarete uramareru/Naku to iwarete uramareru.

2. Nenne shita ko no/Kawai sa, muzo sa/Okite naku ko no tsura niku sa/Okite naku ko no tsura niku sa.

1. I certainly hate/Taking care of the crying child/They hate me for keeping the child to cry/They hate me for keeping the child to cry

2. The sleeping child's/Cuteness and Innocent look!/The crying child's ugly look/The crying child's ugly look


Just recently, the myth of the Itsuki Lullaby is being discussed.

The lullaby was "discovered" by a school teacher in 1935, long after the song ceased to be sung.

Its has long been believed that this song was sung by the baby sitters from the poor families. Itsuki was next to Gokanosho, where the Heike people came to settle after their defeat in the Genji-Heike War in the Heian-era and later the Kamakura shogunate sent their Genji samurai families to watch over them, thus creating the rich Genji families and poorer Heike families.