Online Taiko Lesson – Tanko Bushi
Tanko Bushi is one of the most popular Obon songs. It’s from the Kyushu region of Japan, specifically from Fukuoka. You may be familiar with the dance, which mimics the motions of coal mining. Tanko Bushi is often thought of as a coal miner work song, but it’s actually a very romantic love song. The lyrics talk about a female coal miner longing for her romantic partner.
Although very popular, I didn’t cover Tanko Bushi until this point because it’s a tricky songs to play. Both the phrasing and the form are significantly more complex than the songs we’ve covered so far. Furthermore, another factor that makes Tanko Bushi difficult is the vast number of arrangements and recordings. In this video, we’ll be covering the most standard arrangement.
Tanko Bushi Lyrics
The moon is out over Miike Coal Mine
The chimney so high it hurts the moon’s eyes
If you say so, I will gather the courage to leave you
If you return me to the girl of 18 that I was. I will leave you
Over one, two, three mountains is a camellia
Doesn’t matter how vivid it blooms if my precious doesn’t come around
Until the day we stand together, our hearts are one, our bodies two.
The sadness of being apart.
I’ll speak to my precious in my dreams.
Bon Daiko Classes at Los Angeles Taiko Institute
I teach Bon Daiko every Friday night from 8-10PM at Los Angeles Taiko Institute in Torrance, CA. Please let me know when you would like to drop in!
Date and Time: Fridays from 8-10PM
Place: 20909 S Western Ave Torrance, CA 90501
Fees: $26 per session
Private Lessons and Skype Lessons
I also offer private lessons and online taiko lessons via Skype from my studio in San Pedro. Please let me know when you would like to schedule a lesson!
Place: 1300 S Beacon Street San Pedro, CA 90731
Fees: Private Lessons $60/hr, Skype lessons $40/hr