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song
Kanji 1962

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Synopsis

Find out about 唄, which always plays second fiddle to 歌 but is more likely to represent Eastern songs, whereas 歌 is more for Western music. See why the Japanese prefer to see "Singin' in the Rain" in English. Discover a term that means "song sung by a blind person with the accompaniment of the shamisen, esp. in the Kamigata area of Kansai"! And learn a bit about Okinawa via its music.

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Kanji PDF
Cover of essay 1962 on 唄, titled "Shellfish in a Song"
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JOYO ON-YOMI
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JOYO KUN-YOMI
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RADICAL口 (30: mouth)
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