伊賀の徒然草

伊賀名張の山中に閑居する隠者の戯言です。

琵琶湖周航の歌(Song of Rowing Round Lake Biwa)

"Seta sanset" drowing by Utagawa Hiroshige, can have drawn around the year 1834. (upper left is Lake Biwa,lower right is River Seta and Bridge Seta-no-karahashi, left side is  near Mihogaseki,the point of departure for the Lake Biwa circumnavigation,and upper right is Mt.Ibuki)
「勢多夕照」歌川広重により1834年ごろ描かれた錦絵(正面が琵琶湖、手前は瀬田川、橋は瀬田の唐橋、画面左端が琵琶湖周航の起点の三保ヶ関付近、右上の山は伊吹山)



Ladies and gentlemen!


"Song of Rowing Round Lake Biwa" is the older students song of  Japan.
This song title is "Biwako-shuukou no uta" in Japanese,
This song means the view on the boat around Lake Biwa.

Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan.
Its size is 80 times of the Lake Sun Moon(日月潭)in Taiwan.
Bat only 10 percent of the Lake Dongting(洞庭湖)in Chaina ,
and only 1 percent of the Lake Michigan(ミシガン湖) in USA.

 Now,  everyone,let's sing cheerful voice!

 Thanks yall!

琵琶湖周航の歌(Biwako shuukou no uta)
"Song of Rowing Round Lake Biwa"


1.我は湖の子 放浪の(Warewa Uminoko sasurai-no)
  I am a child of the lake, I always travel


  旅にしあれば しみじみと(Tabi-nishi areba shimi-jimito)
  Around it by boat; with a quickening heart,


  昇る狭霧や さざなみの(Noboru sagiriya sazanami-no)
  In the rising mist, on the rippling waves,


  志賀の都よ いざさらば(Shiga-no-miyako-yo iza saraba)
  To the capital of Shiga, I bid farewell.


2.松は緑に 砂白き(Matsuwa midorini, sunashiroki)
  The pine trees are green and the sands are white;


  雄松が里の 乙女娘は(Omatsugasato-no otomego-wa)
  I hear that a young maiden of the Omatsu Village


  赤い椿の 森陰に(Akai tsubaki-no morikage-ni)
  Weeping behind the red camellia's forest,

  はかない恋に 泣くとかや(Hakanai koi-ni nakutokaya)
  For a short-lived love has passed away.


3.浪の間に間に 漂へば(Namino mani mani tadayoeba)
   On the waves wandering, I sometimes feel

  紅い泊火 なつかしみ(Akai tomaribi natsukashimi)
   A longing for the bright red lights of ports;

  行方定めぬ 浪枕(Yukue sadamenu namimakura)
   Having no destination, I wonder

  今日は今津か 長濱か(Kyoh-wa Imazu-ka Nagahama-ka)
   Whether to stay at Imazu or Nagahama.


4.瑠璃の花園 珊瑚の宮(Ruri-no hanazono sango-no-miya)
   Garden Lapis Lazuli, Palace Coral,

  古い伝への 竹生島(Furui tsutae-no Chikubushima)
   Many legends of Island Chikubushima;

  佛の御手に 抱かれて(Hotoke-no mite-ni idakarete)
   In Buddha's arms, 


  眠れ乙女娘 安らけく(Nemure otomego yasurakeku)
  I hope the young maiden is sleeping peacefully.

5.矢の根は深く 埋もれて(Yanone-wa fukaku uzumorete)
   Arrowheads are buried deep in the earth;

  夏草繁き 堀の跡(Natsukusa shigeki hori-no ato)
   The site of an ancient moat overgrown withgrass,

  古城に独り 佇めば(Kojoh-ni hitori tatazumeba)
   In the ancient castle I stand alone;

  比良も伊吹も 夢の如(Hira-mo Ibuki-mo yumenogoto)
   Mt. Hira & lbuki stand like a dream.


6.西國十番 長命寺(Saigoku juban Chohmeiji)
   At Chomeiji, the tenth temple of the pilgrimage,

  汚れの現世 遠く去りて(Kegare-no utsushiyo tohku sarite)
   The filth of the secular world seems far away;

  黄金の波に いざ漕がん(Kogane-no nami-ni iza kogan)
   On the golden waves, let us row a boat,

  語れ我が友 熱き心(Katare waga-tomo atsuki kokoro)
   Tell me my friend, your passion heart.




Lake Biwa Rowing Song (in English) 琵琶湖周航の歌 英語版


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