Chikuzen Shakuhachi Series Sheet Music
(In Kinko Ryu Notation)

by Yoshinobu Taniguchi

Kumoijishi (Lion Dance In The Clouds)

This is an Edo Period (1603-1867) piece that originated at Itcho-ken, a famous temple in Hakata City on the southern island of Kyushu. The song is also called Neagari Jishi, and was popular in Kyushu because of it's beautiful melody.

The meaning of this piece comes from the fact that songs with "shishi "("lion") in the title are generally played quickly and "kumo" of "kumoi" is the character for "cloud(s)". This honkyoku is, hence, played almost completely in the upper (kan) register and with a fast tempo. Kumoijishi is often it is used as an omedetai kyoku or a song played at joyous celebrations. It is more up-beat and auspicious than many of the sadder-sounding honkyoku.

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