Originating with the lowest classes of Edo period society, the Lullaby of Takeda has apparently been linked to potentially controversial social issues and causes to the point that it was banned from being played by the Japanese national broadcaster until the 1990s, though it has also had a visible place in Japanese Pop Music since at least the 60s.
In the context of the song, Takeda is a neighbourhood in. Kyoto. Though the version I’m going to post is an instrumental, the song does have lyrics and is sung from the point of view of a poor girl working as a nanny in Kyoto:
I would quickly quit here and go back.One translation of one version of the song, as cited on Wikipedia
To the other side (of the mountain) I can see, my parents’ house.
The Yoshida Brothers play a traditional Japanese folk instrument called a shamisen, which operates under basically the same musical principles as a banjo. And looks like this:
Active since 1999, the brothers have achieved at least enough international success and notably to have been included on the Disney album Nightmare Revisited, a compilation of cover versions of the soundtrack of Nightmare Before Christmas.
And their Lullaby of Takeda is here:
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