Sansa Shigure Dancers, c. 1930-40.

1930sArts & CultureGeisha/Maiko/Onnanoko
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Sansan Kudo Geisha Dancers, Kyoto, c. 1930-40.

Sansa Shigure [passing fine rain] is an elegant love song originally from Miyagi prefecture in Kyushu. A love affair is compared to a soft rain falling on a straw roof:

Is it the fog / Or rain on the grass?
So quietly / It comes and wets.
Wave your long sleeves, (young girls)
If not tonight / Your chances are lost.
Blessed is the family / Where the crane and tortoise
Dance gaily here and there.

Sansa Shigure, composed by Shogetsu Watanabe, Japanese Folk Music, Society for the Preservation of Japanese Folk Music

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