Sakura Sōgorō by Yamamoto Goi

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“Kuzunoha no Kowakare” by Tsukioka Yukiko

Goze (瞽女) is a Japanese historic term referring to visually impaired Japanese women, of whom most worked as musicians. A part of recording “Kuzunoha’s Child Separation” was used in Sara’s performance in Samurai Champloo. It is sung by Tsukioka Yukiko, who studied the recordings of the “last of the Goze'”, Haru Kobayashi and Shizu Sugimoto, and even walked a pilgrimage of all 88 temples of Shikoku island to understand the harsh life of these traveling performers. Continue reading ““Kuzunoha no Kowakare” by Tsukioka Yukiko”